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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