In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we hope this message finds you, your families, friends and colleagues well, and that you have been able to ride out this storm safely.
Our thoughts are with those who have been deeply impacted by this week's events. We know that for many of you your losses are tremendous, impacting not only yourselves, but your entire community as well.
If you are - or know of - a visual artist who has been affected by the hurricane please contact us. The Foundation has funding allocated specifically for emergency assistance to painters and sculptors affected by natural disasters. Additionally, we have access to information about other organizations that may be able to assist you.
If you are an arts organization working with visual artists and have been negatively impacted, please reach out to us as well. We are working in partnership with other funders to assess the needs of the visual arts community and identify the best ways of supporting its recovery.
In the meantime, for anyone who has been impacted, we urge you to document your losses as thoroughly as possible. This should be done by taking photographs and keeping records of damage to your home, studio, office, and/or artwork, as well as keeping records of all related expenses going forward.
Please note that due to the hurricane, the Foundation's office is closed and we cannot be reached by phone until power is restored to West Chelsea. We know that communication for many is very limited now, but our staff can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally you can contact us through our Facebook page here.
Please share your stories, your experiences, and let us know if you need assistance. We're here to help.