Announcing CultureAID Call for Artists


ABOUT CULTUREAID CultureAID (Culture Active in Disasters) is a collaborative network of stakeholders and service providers committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community before, during, and after disasters through an organized communications system as well as coordinated activities and services to the field.

More information about CultureAID and it’s membership can be found here.

ABOUT THE PROJECT / SCOPE OF WORK CultureAID’s primary function in times of emergency is to spread vital information to its members and broader network to assist the field. CultureAID is only as strong as its network is wide, and thus its primary function in times of calm is to spread the message about the network and recruit new organizations to join as members. To this end, CultureAID is seeking an artist, designer, or artist collective to develop effective messaging about what it means to be a CultureAID Member.

While CultureAID membership is free and open to all groups that have a constituency within the arts and cultural community of New York City, messaging around membership has proven to be a challenge: artists and organizations have difficulty recalling the network’s purpose and potential benefits, and members have difficulty recalling what level of engagement or participation is expected of them. Furthermore, as a network designed to be remembered, but primarily active in the event of an emergency, it is critical for members to know and retain key details on when and how they can expect to hear from the network.

Recognizing artists’ ability to creatively communicate, CultureAID is seeking an artist to develop a brief video, song, cartoon or other graphic(s), text or a combination thereof that can clearly, concisely and creatively accomplish the following:

  1. Communicate the network’s purpose and membership expectations
  2. Remind members of the purpose/frequency of network communications

The resulting work will need to be in a format that can be easily disseminated across all digital channels as part of CultureAID’s efforts to strengthen and expand the network’s membership base.

The start date of the project is March 31, 2017. Shortly thereafter, select Steering Committee members will meet with the artist or collective to provide more information, ranging from messaging content to historical context to existing printed materials about CultureAID, to ensure that the artist has sufficient information to develop the project. After the initial research phase, the artist or collective will be expected to provide to Committee a concrete project proposal including concept and production plan. The final work is due by August 15, 2017, for release and public dissemination by CultureAID in September at its annual Members Meeting.

ARTIST STIPEND Funding in a total amount of $2,000 is available for the project as a consulting fee provided by Humanities New York (HNY). No additional funding will be provided.

The artist or artist collective will also have access to materials/supplies of their choosing from Materials for the Arts. More information can be found here.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – SUBMISSIONS & SELECTION PROCESS Artists or artist collectives working in any artistic discipline are welcome to apply.

An artist or collective will be selected after review by a panel of representatives from CultureAID’s Steering Committee and other invited professionals. Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Clarity of vision for the process to make the work (if not the project itself)
  • Quality of and relevance of the applicant’s prior work and collaborators if applicable
  • Evidence of experience creating effective and memorable messaging
  • Evidence of experience developing work in collaboration with and for an external client

Finalists will be asked to interview with the panel prior to final selection.


  • Applications will be accepted from individual artists or artist collectives only (artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity).
  • Artists must be 18 years of age of older.
  • Artists must be residents of New York State.

KEY DATES Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 Artist Finalist Interviews: March 13-17 Artist Selection/Notification: March 24 Project Start Date: March 31 Project End Date/Deliverable Due Project End Date: August 15, 2017

CONSULTANT REQUIREMENTS This award reflects a contract for arts services; the selected artist or arts collective will be required to:

  • Provide complete W-9
  • Include funding credit and logos on and/all marketing and event materials, print and electronic

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Interested respondents must submit the following application materials online by March 1, 2017 at 6pm using the form below.

QUESTIONS Please address any specific questions about this call to: cultureaid[at]humanitiesny[dot]org

Application Form

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CultureAID in the News: “After Oakland Fire, Brooklyn Artists Vow to Keep Partying”

Sarah Maslin Nir of the New York Times examines the complex issue of artists’ access to do-it-yourselves spaces and public safety in light of the tragic fire in Oakland, C.A.

CultureAID is committed to preparing artists and cultural organizations for natural disasters and other unexpected emergencies that impact their work. We’re currently contributing to a Google Doc about Artists and DIY spaces. If you have information or tips to share related to this issue, please email us at Have thoughts about this article? Tweet @CultureAID

View the full article here: After Oakland Fire, Brooklyn Artists Vow to Keep Partying


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Hurricane Readiness & Response Resources

Excerpt from email distributed 10/5/16 at 3:51 PM from ArtsReady on behalf of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response:

Preparation and salvage information for artists is available through CERF+: CERF+’s Studio Protector online guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists. Visit the site now for suggested measures to take in advance of and in the aftermath of a hurricane.

* Hurricane and flood preparedness check lists for your studio and home * Being ready with evacuation planning * Cover your art, assets and archives, including a quick digital camera or smart phone video of your current inventory. * Artist-to-artist videos about preparing for and recovering from emergencies

FEMA’s website has check lists and resources for before, during and after a hurricane as well as a disaster preparedness and response mobile app

The American Red Cross has a suite of well-designed apps to cover a wide range of emergencies, including hurricanes. Each app covers what to do if you are in the middle of an emergency, next steps, and preparedness tips.

The Institute for Business and Home Safety has detailed information on preparing your home or studio for disasters (Select “Hurricane” icon from the “Risks” on the right.).

Preparation and salvage information for arts organizations is available through ArtsReady (the government websites above can also be helpful for those within organizations).

Your agency may be called upon to respond and assist constituents who are impacted by the storm. The Coalition’s Essential Guidelines for Arts Responders, which outlines recommendations, provides models, offers options, and identifies key resources is available online. 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 the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response.

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Annual Meeting Highlights

As of June 2016, CultureAID has 93 members from every borough and representing every artistic discipline. During the Annual meeting members able to attend saw presentations from Maria Villafranca (NYFA), Beth Nunan (AFRNYC), Amy Schwartzman (NCAPER: Cultural Placekeeping Guide), and Shirley Levy (DCLA). The introductory presentation can be found here.

During the event, Kay Takeda (LMCC) lead a live walk-through of the phone tree, which introduced members to their CultureAID point of contact. Concluding the event, Lauren Kushnick (NYCH) distributed $500 Resilience Grants to support disaster preparedness, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. The winners were: Artists Volunteer Center, Exploring the Metropolis, Historic Districts Council, Malian Cultural Center and New York Live Arts.

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Resilient Art Spaces Guide Available

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.

Download the free guide here.

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New Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Sessions Announced

This week, after announcing September as National Preparedness Month, Governor Cuomo announced new Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions across New York State.

The Citizen Preparedness Corps has equipped thousands of New Yorkers this year with the skills and tools needed to act in the event of a disaster. Administered by the New York National Guard, the training course provides an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster.  At completion, participants will receive a certificate and a free Citizen Preparedness Starter Kit (one per family).  The kit includes a first-aid kit, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Visit to register and view the full list of courses.  If you cannot attend in-person classes, you can take the online condensed Citizen Preparedness training. Communities, non-profits and businesses can also request to host their own Citizen Preparedness Course in their area by submitting their information here.

Governor Cuomo also urged New Yorkers to sign up for the Skilled Volunteers Registry, where those with a skill or trade can volunteer to help your communities overcome and recover quickly after a disaster or other type of emergency.

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CultureAID Informational Sessions

CultureAID is only as strong as its participating members.

You are invited to attend an informational session about CultureAID on any of the following dates to find out more about its development and purpose; explore ways your organization can get involved; and learn how this network will help you and your constituents.

We also strive to make this network as broad-reaching and inclusive as possible, so please feel free to share this email with friends and colleagues.

CultureAID Briefings:





July 9, 4:00 PM

National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, Manhattan

July 7

July 14, 3:00 PM

Queens Museum

New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

July 12

July 17, 4:00 PM

Staten Island Arts, Culture Lounge

Staten Island Ferry Terminal, 1 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island

July 15

July 21, 4:00 PM

Longwood Art Gallery

Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx

July 19

July 24, 1:00 PM

The Schermerhorn

160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

July 22

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