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Preparedness Tip of the Month

Good insurance, preparedness, and a rainy-day fund remain the most effective tools for emergency recovery. But many artists are finding online fundraising, or “crowdfunding,” can supplement other sources of recovery funds. Funds raised through crowdfunding of all kinds, including nonprofit causes and business startups, has more than tripled in the past three years, reaching $5.1 billion in 2013. It's not a sure thing but some tips from those who've been there may help increase your chances of success.

The official Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and while most hurricanes in the U.S. only strike states on the Gulf and East Coasts, often they remain powerful as they track hundreds of miles inland. In fact, well over half of the U.S. population resides in states that can be impacted by a hurricane (use this online tool from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] to view the track and intensity of hurricanes that have passed through your area). While the 2013 hurricane season was less active than predicted and the 2014 season is expected to be less active than average, it only takes one hurricane to undo much of one’s art career.

Why not be prepared? Here are some resources to help you be ready:

 

     

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Studio Protector

The Artist's Guide to Emergencies

 

The Studio Protector Online Guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists.

Small measures taken in advance of an emergency, and the right sequence of emergency response actions, can make a huge difference in reducing loss and in the time it takes to rebound from a setback.

Disaster Planning: How to prevent and prepare for an emergency in your studio Disaster Warning: Things to do IF you have time Disaster Relief: How and where to get help Clean-up: First steps to reclaiming your workspace Salvage: How to save your A's - Art, Assets, and Archives e-Salvage: Retreiving electronic data and recovering electronic equipment Rebounding: Moving on and getting back to work Safeguarding: Practices to help you protect your workspace and your career Studio Protector Online Guide

 

DISASTERS DON'T ALWAYS HAVE NAMES...

An electrical fire or a burst pipe can be as damaging to your business property and your career as a wildfire, a flood or a hurricane.

More artists are affected by everyday personal disasters than by those making the national news.


 

Olivia Huynh Film

Adventures Big and Small

Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

Animation

Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

 Olivia Huynh Film:  Animation

 Adventures Big and Small

 Getting started as an artist can be a big adventure. Learn how to be ready for emergencies big and small in this animated short by Olivia Huynh.

Pier Glass Artists

Hurricane Sandy: Pier Glass Artists

Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

Hurricane Sandy

Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

 Pier Glass Artists:  Hurricane Sandy

 Hurricane Sandy: Pier Glass Artists

 Pier Glass is a glass art studio located in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, NY. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall, this studio took the brunt of the storm surge.

Wildfire Recovery

Jean Cornwell: San Diego Wildfire

Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

 Wildfire Recovery: 

 Jean Cornwell: San Diego Wildfire

 Painter, sculptor, and multi-media artist Jean Cornwell discusses how she coped with the emotional stress of a wildfire that destroyed her San Diego area home and studio in 2007.

New Artists' Relief Exchange from CERF+

CERF+ Artists' Relief Exchange - a new online tool to connect artists' needs with offers of free assistance. If you are an artist recovering from an emergency, post your needs here! Or, if you have things to donate that an artist may need, post them here!

The Studio Protector® has two complementary parts:

  • This Online Guide that provides in-depth information including articles, interviews with artists and experts, tips, and annotated resource lists

  • A Wall Guide that provides easy-to-follow checklists for emergency preparation and response (retail price $16)

    The Studio Protector® Wall Guide is an easy to use reference tool with basic checklists for emergency preparation and response. 

    It has easy-to-follow tips for last-minute preparations before an emergency and steps to take after an emergency to get you started on a productive course. It is totally low-tech - no batteries required!

    Get your copy of the Studio Protector here.

 

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Studio Protector Blog

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600

Hurricane Sandy panel discussion at Indukstry City in Brooklyn, NY, November 23, 2013.

 

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0500

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

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600

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.

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