CultureAID aims to ensure that resources about disaster preparedness, recovery, and response for artists and arts organizations are distributed to the field in a manner that is up to date, easy to find, and without redundancy.

Collectively, the CultureAID Committee has agreed to share and streamline information among its members so that it can direct the field to targeted clearinghouses rather than hundreds of separate links and listings.
As a start, CultureAID acknowledges that the following three clearing houses contain the most up-to-date information, and intends to provide information to these sources for easy access to the field:
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Resources:
Freelance Artist Resources
New York Artists Coalition
NYC Mutual Aid Resources
CERF+, the Artist Safety Net (and HENTF member), announced on March 16 the formation of a COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. CERF+ has also posted extensive information and resources for artists related to this crisis.
Resources & Information for the Museum Field from the American Alliance of Museums
Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries from the American Library Association
Coronavirus Resources for Librarians and Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries by the Massachusetts Library System (via the Mass. statewide cultural heritage emergency network, COSTEP MA)
NYFA Source
NYFA Source provides local and national information on all aspects of disaster preparedness and recovery, primarily for individual artists, but with some resources for arts organizations.  Its ten categories cover current disaster resources, grants and financial assistance, health, housing, legal, and public assistance, as well as emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.
If you are aware of resources that should be listed with NYFA Source, please contact to get your listing included.
Alliance for Response New York
Alliance for Response New York includes emergency planning and recovery resources specifically for organizations with physical collections.  It provides information specific to protecting and salvaging artifacts, photographs, and other cultural records, as well as historic properties and family treasures.  Alliance for Response’s website also provides information about immediate recovery best practices and safety measures.
If you are aware of resources that should be listed with Alliance for Response, please contact
Actors Fund
The Actors Fund’s resource list covers disaster planning and relief; emergency financial assistance; and transportation for medical treatment.  It includes numerous resources specifically for individuals in the performing arts, but also includes links to general resources for the entire arts sector as well as non-arts specific emergency information and assistance.
If you are aware of resources that should be listed with Actors Fund, please contact Elizabeth Tripp at with the subject heading “submitting a resource.”


General disaster-related resources:
NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
OEM provides up to date information about emergency situations in NYC on a regular basis, and provides general information about emergency preparedness and recovery year-round.    You can also receive regular updates from OEM on Twitter at @nycoem
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA provides up to date information about emergency situations when disaster strikes, and provides general information about emergency preparedness and recovery year-round.  You can also receive regular updates from FEMA on Twitter at @fema and @femaregion2
 For Art Spaces:
Resilient Art Spaces
On October 22nd, 2015, the Department of City Planning released a guide on Resilient Art Spaces, a how-to guide for the operators and owners of arts and cultural spaces on measures they can take before, during and after a storm to protect from storm damage and recover more quickly. The report is part of the agency’s work in West Chelsea under the Resilient Neighborhoods initiative and was developed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional, disaster-specific updates and resources may also be added to this page, as needed.  Check back regularly when a disaster is declared in New York City.