How Can You Help?
Many organizations are pursuing emergency recovery efforts. If you are interested in donating, please consider the following options:
- Not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Houston arts and cultural sector have joined together to launch the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.
- To help artists and arts organizations impacted in Louisiana, please visit https://creativerelieflouisiana.org/.
- To help artists and arts organizations impacted in Texas, please visit https://www.maaa.org/advocate-for-the-arts/donate-to-texas/
- Theater District Houston has launched Help Houston's Theater District fund to support the affected theaters and arts organizations in the district.
- Houston Ballet can be supported to repair damages to their facility through direct donations. Learn More.
- Alley Theatre can be supported by donating to the theatre’s recover and rebuild efforts and their Employee Flood Assistance Fund.
- Houston Grand Opera has created a fund for their employees and the organization.
- Classical Theatre Company seeks support for repairs. Learn more.
- Houston Black Heritage Festival can be supported by donating towards their September 30 event. Proceeds will support communitie of color affeced by the hurricane. Learn more.
- Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, has established The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Donations to this fund directly impact the vital relief efforts happening around the clock.
- CERF+ provides direct emergency financial relief for eligible artists who work in craft disciplines and have suffered career-threatening emergencies. Learn more.
- Jazz Foundation of America provides support for musicians affected by flooding with short and long term suport for housing, basic needs and instrument repair or replacement. Career jazz, blues or roots musicians should visit www.jazzfoundation.org.
- The Dreaming Zebra Foundation offers donations of art or music supplies to schools or nonprofit arts organization that have been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding.
- Young Audiences of Houston has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Learn how to donate money or supplies here.
- Music Rising is an organization that is dedicated to recovery efforts from disasters to ensure that every student has access to music education. Learn more or donate here.
- The National Education Association Foundation has established a collection of resources and way to get involved for educators. Read more here.
- The Actors Fund is providing emergency financial assistance to professionals in the performing arts or entertainment impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at www.actorsfund.org/GetHelp.
- If you have a volunteer or relief project, contact American Art Therapy Association's South Texas Chapter. Learn more.
- A Facebook page has been established for updates and information: https://www.facebook.com/HarveyArtsRecovery/
Your agency may be called upon to respond and assist constituents who are impacted by a natural disaster. The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)’s Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders outlines recommendations, provides models, offers options, and identifies key resources. This information distills the many years of experience helping artists and arts organizations before, during and after disasters, that have been gained by members of NCAPER.
If you would like to talk with a colleague about this situation, NCAPER can get you in touch with someone who’s had their own experience. Email Jan Newcomb (Janet.Newcomb@lyrasis.org) for more information.
Are You or Do You Know an Arts Organization Affected by Harvey?
The Texas Commission on the Arts is working with the National Endowment for the Arts to assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the arts field in Texas.
If you are a professional artist or arts organization that has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan or call him at 512.936.6572.
We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization's impacted property.
Additional Texas area resources are available here: http://www.arts.texas.gov/resources/hurricane-harvey-resources/
In Louisiana, arts organizations should email Division of Arts Executive Director Cheryl Castille or call her at 225.342.8174.