How Can You Help?

Many organizations are pursuing emergency recovery efforts. If you are interested in donating, please consider the following options:

  • United Arts is kicking off an intensive one-time, two-week, emergency fundraising effort to raise $80,000 for the “Irma Arts Fund.”  The fund will assist United Arts-funded cultural groups with immediate financial needs as they recover from this devastating storm. Learn more.
  • CERF+ provides direct emergency financial relief for eligible artists who work in craft disciplines and have suffered career-threatening emergencies. Learn more.
  • 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 a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment and are a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is uniquely focused on highlighting the long view of disaster recovery. Learn more.
  • Support the Salvation Army stay on the front lines of hurricane relief. Learn more.

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 ( for more information.

The National Endowment for the Arts is preparing its support for the recovery of the arts and cultural communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the regions designated a major disaster area by FEMA in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more.

Also check out Know Your Bone blog post "Five Ways to Support Cultural Organziations Impacted by Harvey and Irma" for other recommendations on how to give back to those in recovery.

In other news, hurricane Irma and Maria response group AmeriCares said they are working with officials in Puerto Rico to stock emergency shelters with medical supplies. This is in addition to their airlift of $1.8 million worth of medicine and supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Are You or Do You Know an Artist or Arts Organization Affected by Irma?

There are many locations for resources and information on disaster response and recovery. Here are some of the resources we have found to help you in your recovery.

The National Heritage Responders (NHR) responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public.


  • NEW! Irma relief fund for individual artists in Miami and the Florida Keys

  • NEW! Gottlieb Foundation Indivudal Support grants for artists in current financial crisis. Deadline December 15th.

  • FEMA encourges anyone who has been impacted by a natural disaster to being the application process.

  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced  that it is awarding in emergency grants to organizations working on-the-ground in Florida and Puerto Rico providing immediate support to communities devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 
  • The Florida Keys Council of the Arts has opened applications for thier Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts has extended their Art Works grants program due to Hurricane Irma.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Emergency Grants Available for Humanities Institutions Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency grants for US-based visual artists. 
  • The Actor's Fund is provides emergency funding for performing artists.
  • Alliance for Artists Communities lists residencies have space or special opportunities for artists affected by natural disasters in the summer of 2017.