Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Message to Artists from the New York Foundation of the Arts

We felt this worthy of sharing with our artist friends ... there is assistance out there, much more needed....

The information below is from the New York Foundation for the Arts newsletter... 

"Hello Friends,

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is back in our offices for the first day today. On behalf of everyone at NYFA I am writing to express support and concern for those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy. We sincerely hope this email finds you and your families safe and well. I want you to know we are here to assist you in whatever ways we can, and there are some specific initiatives about which I want to make you aware:

1. If you have suffered losses of any kind as a result of the storm, please take a few moments to fill out this survey: It will be vital in our efforts to communicate your needs to funders, elected officials, the media and other interested parties.

2. If you had an event cancelled due to the storm, we are happy to offer you a free event listing in NYFA Classifieds through the end of the year. Simply send the information to: ATTN: Michon.

3. NYFA's offices at 20 Jay Street (suite 740) in DUMBO are open and we encourage you to come by for free coffee and refreshments. If you are without power you can use computers, Wi-Fi and recharge your cell phones or just spend some time talking to other artists.

4. We have an updated list of emergency resources on the home page of NYFA's website at

In the next weeks, we will be scheduling a series of workshops on topics related to emergency recovery such as legal issues, assessing the value of your work and other insurance questions. As soon as these are confirmed, we will get a schedule out to you.

Finally, NYFA will be working closely with CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources), the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, as well as funders and government agencies to determine the most effective ways to provide coordinated support efforts.

Please know that NYFA is here for you; contact me or any staff member with questions, concerns, ideas or problems. The work you create is vital to helping us all cope in difficult times and, for those of you now going through difficult times of your own, I want you to have my personal assurance that NYFA will do whatever we can to help you.

Best wishes,

Michael "

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