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A blog about emergency readiness, response, and recovery for artists.
By Craig Nutt on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hurricane Sandy panel discussion at Indukstry City in Brooklyn, NY, November 23, 2013.

 

By Craig Nutt on 6/5/2013 12:00 AM

The dedication of a public art work provides an occasion to reflect on the flood stories that inspired it, our vulnerability, and resilience..

By Craig Nutt on 12/27/2012 12:00 AM

Sandy-affected artists, collectors, galleries, and cultural institutions can get free assistance in recovering damaged artworks at the Cultural Recovery Center opened in Brooklyn by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

By Craig Nutt on 11/16/2012 12:00 AM

When many New York galleries were flooded by Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of artists were faced with a situation dreaded by artists and galleries alike: dealing with all the issues involving the artworks that were damaged or destroyed by an unexpected event like a flood, fire, or other disaster. What should an artist do to protect his or her interests after such a devastating event?

By Craig Nutt on 11/12/2012 12:00 AM

Even if you were not directly affected by Sandy, you can use your skills as an artist and knowledge from the Studio Protector wall and online guides to assist artists and others affected by the storm. With a little guidance from the Studio Protector (available online) you can help recover artworks, photographs tools, and machinery.

By Craig Nutt on 11/7/2012 12:00 AM

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, CERF+ has released the new CERF+ Artists' Relief Exchange to connect artists in need with offers of assistance. The Exchange has been in development in development for part of the past year, but the idea goes back to the beginnings of CERF+.  Read how it came about, how it works, and how you can help.

By Craig Nutt on 7/24/2012 12:00 AM

The Challenges of a Home/Studio Network

Ever since I built my studio nearly 15 years ago, I have learned to dread lightning. At the time I thought it was pretty slick to lay conduit with two “category 5” cables to connect my home and studio phones and computer network. The cables worked great, except that I soon learned that lightning strikes, even some distance away create powerful electrical fields that translate into surges in wires, whether they are above or below ground. I have a major collection of burnt network switches, computer cards, routers, and surge protectors to prove it.

By Craig Nutt on Friday, July 01, 2011

CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey traveled to Laguna Beach, CA to hear firsthand what had happened to some of the artists who had been affected by a storm earlier this year that dumped 10" of water and released cascades of mud.

By Craig Nutt on 5/27/2011 10:39 AM

Craig Nutt attends a the National VOAD Conference in Kansas City and is treated to a tornado warning.  Find out what a VOAD is (hint: not a garden pest), what kind of jokes are told at a VOAD conference, and more about the people who will come to help you if you are ever in a disaster.

By Craig Nutt on 5/23/2011 7:53 PM

Astronaut Cady Coleman said she wasn't looking forward to giving up her angelic view of Earth from the International Space Station. She is coming back to a country recovering from a record outbreak of tornadoes, and flooding and other disasters that took place while she was in space.  In this blog Craig Nutt continues his observations from a recent trip to tornado-ravaged Alabama.

By Craig Nutt on 5/22/2011 10:35 PM

 I have to admit that the onslaught of disasters this year, along with the destruction I saw in Alabama, makes our efforts seem insignificant compared to of the power of nature. But, I have also seen the determination of people to put their lives and careers back together, and the value of knowing what to do after an emergency, evidenced by the countless VOADs that were on the ground in Tuscaloosa, each carving out a little piece of recovery.

By Craig Nutt on 5/18/2011 7:16 PM

Last week, I finally made it back to my old home, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, about two weeks after the deadly tornadoes that struck on April 27, leaving 41 dead in Tuscaloosa County, 238 dead statewide, and another 100 dead across the Southeast. I spent two days visiting artists and friends who were impacted by the tornadoes.

By Craig Nutt on 5/7/2011 1:30 PM

It seems like the country is consumed by disasters.  If you haven't been blown away, chances are pretty good that you are under water or on fire. I think everyone in a declared disaster zone is aware of assistance available through the Red Cross, FEMA, and the SBA.  There are some tips for getting help from the major national relief providers here on the Studio Protector site.

But, you may not know that a number of arts organizations and funders have been working together as the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response for several years to try to build a better safety net for artists.  This effort is in its infancy, but great strides have been made, including the Studio Protector, The Artist's Guide to Emergencies. Among the immediate benefits has been better channels of communications among organizations.  We have been in touch with a number of our Coalition partners, and they want you to know that help is available.

By Craig Nutt on 5/5/2011 10:59 AM

From what I can tell from talking with friends in Tuscaloosa, everyone who can lay hands on one is wielding a chainsaw.  Oxford American, the magazine of Southern writing, music, and culture sent filmmaker Dave Anderson to Tuscaloosa the day after the tornadoes hit, and they just released this film: Chainsaw Samaritans. Seeing this film reminded me of my first visit to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans a few months after Katrina - something that rearranged my neural circuitry for life. The difference is that this is landscape I should know by heart. But now it is nearly devoid of recognizable landmarks.  The only place in the film I could recognize (I think) is Forest Lake, where the image in the previous blog post was taken.

By Craig Nutt on 5/4/2011 11:59 AM

It has been an emotionally exhausting week since tornadoes cut a path through much of the Deep South on April 27th. While I was working away under a tornado watch here in Tennessee, I was unaware that a tornado was cutting a mile-wide swath out of my home town of 30 years, Tuscaloosa, AL and through my sister-in-law's backyard in Fultondale (north of Birmingham) over 60 miles away.

By Craig Nutt on 7/16/2010 5:06 PM

I have been putting off doing a studio inventory for a long time, so I was strangely relieved when it became apparent that I really had to deal with it. I found that the whole process was relatively easy and painless using a spreadsheet and a digital camera. There are several good reasons to do a studio inventory. My immediate reason was

By Craig Nutt on 7/15/2010 5:41 PM

I know most of us would just as soon have a root canal as to shop for business insurance, but sometimes we just have to muster up our courage and climb into the chair. I got a notice this spring that my business insurance was being dropped by the policy underwriter. This was not because of anything I did or didn't do,

By Craig Nutt on 6/21/2010 5:29 PM

Nashville may lack a cohesive gallery district like New York's Chelsea, or Canyon Road in Santa Fe, but that does not mean that the arts scene here is lacking in cohesion and creativity.  A recent benefit for Finer Things Gallery, located above Rusty Wolfe's floded studio (reported in earlier blog posts) and run by Rusty's wife Kim Brooks is evidence that the creative community here pulls together.

By Craig Nutt on 5/11/2010 9:22 AM

We had planned before the flood to meet friends at the Nashville Jazz Workshop on Friday night, and since the venue was on high ground, and accessible, the show went on - but the door went to flood relief.  Despite the well-publicized loss of musical instruments in the SoundCheck  building, music goes on in the Music City, and benefit concerts are springing up all over.

By Craig Nutt on 5/7/2010 3:42 PM

 It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, all in two days here in Middle Tennessee. I live just west of Nashville, and if you ever needed evidence that a disaster can occur anywhere, this is it. A weather front stalled here last weekend and dumped over 14 inches of rain in two days. Flooding occurred in the predictable places, along the larger rivers, but also in areas that no one expected to flood.

By Craig Nutt on 4/29/2010 3:08 PM

I make furniture (you can see my work at www.craignutt.com) and  I have been good about documenting my work with professional photography over the past thirty-five years.  Since most of my work has been sold, what I have left is photographs, mostly 4x5 transparencies, negatives, and slides (along with digital images). If I had a fire, flood, or tornado, this documentation would be difficult, expensive, or impossible to replace. In addition, it would hinder my ability to respond to requests for images from magazines, clients, or for shows.  My business insurance would cover some of the monetary value, but the loss of my images would be devastating.  So, in my efforts to disaster-harden my career,  I focused on my images first.

 
By Craig Nutt on 2/17/2010 11:22 AM

It Came to Me In a Flash!

Kingston Springs, TN - A while back we had thunderstorms here in Middle Tennessee. We needed the rain, so I was enjoying the storm until  there was a nearby lightening strike and a bright flash of light, like one of those old blue dot flashbulbs, popped beside my desk. I was 15 feet away at my drawing board, but it scared the s%$# out of me!

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