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Thank you for the outpouring of concern about the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on LMCC and Lower Manhattan. Due to flooding and electrical damages at 125 Maiden Lane from the storm, LMCC's office remains closed. We are working remotely and returning emails as soon as possible, but please bear with us as we get things up and running again.
First, a bit of remote housekeeping: the city-wide SPARC deadline has been extended to Friday, November 9th at 5PM.
The rest of this email provides broader information and resources for artists coping with damage sustained by the storm, as well as ways to pitch in and help some of the worst affected Lower Manhattan residents and businesses.
Emergency Resources for Artists:
Artists, please note: if any of your work or live/work space has been damaged, take pictures and keep receipts of whatever you spend during this time.
Self-employed people are eligible for 'disaster unemployment insurance' in areas where a federal declaration of disaster has been declared. About.com explains more: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/g/disasterunemployment.htm
LMCC's Emergency Grants List:
NYFA's Emergency Grants List:
Joan Mitchell Foundation: sent out this message after the Hurricane:
"If you are - or know of - a visual artist who has been affected by the hurricane please contact us. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters... We know that communication for many is very limited now, but our staff can be reached by email at: email@example.com."
Currently accepting Sandy-related emergency requests for grants to professional visual artists. They have an online application at www.pkf.org or you can contact the Foundation by telephone (212-517-5400). A completed application form, cover letter, exhibition history and ten images of your work (jpegs or photos of work will be accepted) will be needed to be considered for their emergency grants.
Small Business Disaster Relief Loans:
Federal: Small Business Administration
City: Department of Small Business Services has set up a Sandy recovery website (http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/nycbiz/html/home/home.shtml). For more information about the loans, call 311 and ask for NYC Business Solutions.
Links to salvage / conservation / recovery information:
Conservation OnLine: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byorg/nps/npsafter.html
Studio Protector: http://www.studioprotector.org/OnlineGuide/Salvage.aspx
American Institute for Conservation: http://www.conservation-us.org/disaster
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training:
Heritage Preservation: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TASKFER.HTM
Craft Emergency Relief Fund: http://craftemergency.org/emergency-response
Arts Ready: https://www.artsready.org/page/useful_links
National Document Conservation Center: http://www.nedcc.org/disaster/disaster.php (Hotline: +1.978.470.1010)
MoMA consortium on conserving works released this document on emergency handling of artwork damaged by flooding.
Christie's: Christie's is arranging space for Downtown artists to use their laptops and charge their phones, and may be able to assist galleries with storage space for their art. Those interested, please call (212) 468-7177.
New York City Economic Development Corporation: For any business temporarily displaced, NYCEDC may have short-term "swing" office or storage space: information at www.nyc.gov/nycbusiness.
New York City Arts Coalition offers helpful information about FEMA: Federal disaster resources will be dependent on your (or your arts group/business) being registered at FEMA. Go to www.disasterassistance.gov.
NOTE: Performing Arts groups:
The federal legislation that controls eligibility had some limitations after 9/11, which the Chair of NYSCA, Richard Schwartz, was able to work with the Pataki administration to have lifted. This means that Performing Arts groups may be told they are ineligible. Please let us know if this happens to you.
You may want to also go to register at NYC Communities for Change
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6245/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6487 They assist with tracking and follow-up with FEMA and may help individuals with the FEMA process.
Law Office of Sergio Munoz Sarmiento: Phone consultations free of charge to address questions pertaining to rights and possible compensation for damaged artwork or studios as a result of Hurricane Sandy. For more information: http://artlawoffice.com/2012/11/ny-artists-legal-information/.
As Lower Manhattan grappled with the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy, many low-income residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, particularly older or disabled individuals, were stuck in their homes with little to no access to food and water. A number of community partners are working with local residents to help them recover from the storm and build a more resilient and vibrant community. Please visit their websites to learn more about their ongoing efforts to strengthen the neighborhood.
The Lower East Side Recovers is a site coordinating needs, gives, and volunteer opportunities: https://lowereastside.recovers.org/
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council are posting opportunities to help to Facebook.com/twobridges or to @twobridgesnyc on Twitter
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities:
Good Old Lower East Side:
Partnership for Parks
The Jewish Community Project is also organizing some volunteer efforts in Lower Manhattan. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help or to request assistance.
Many of the storefront businesses along the East River in the old Seaport and in the Financial District were severely damaged in the storm, including many small and local businesses and restaurants. Their path to recovery is just beginning and they too will likely require assistance--skilled or unskilled expertise. Consider volunteering to assist these businesses as they work to clean up and re-open.
NYC Service is coordinating some volunteer efforts: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycservice/home.html
New York City's Public Advocate is also coordinating volunteer efforts: http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov
Make a donation to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations will be dispersed directly to relief efforts and organizations. Donations can be made online at www.nyc.gov/fund and checks can also be made out to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City with Hurricane Sandy in the memo line and sent to: Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, NYC, NY 10007. For any further information please call 212-788-7794.
Finally, once these restaurants and store-front shops are up and running again, they will need your business more than ever. Later this month or as the holiday season ramps up, create an excuse to come down to Lower Manhattan to shop, dine, or visit the cultural institutions across this neighborhood. Discover local businesses and help support the recovery and ongoing redevelopment of this dynamic and historic district.
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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture Downtown and throughout New York City for over 35 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.