The Harvey Arts Recovery supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater
Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10-county region. As a collaborative
effort of Houston's arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and
rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations.
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As we begin this road to recovery there are some immediate action that we ask everyone to begin work on ASAP.
1) FEMA Application
2) Disaster Unemployment
1) FEMA APPLICATION
*We RECOMMEND EVERYONE impacted submit an application.*
To start your application for Federal assistance due to the Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey event please start off at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/find-assistance. This very short survey will help tailor a list of ALL available federal resources that you will be able to tap into. If you are unable to access the Internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-3362.
Once you answer the nine questions please continue through the survey to get access to the application portal.
While not all the language on the application might seem to be directly relevant to you please do your best to go through the whole process. You might be given instruction that you are not eligible for FEMA funding unless you have been denied a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Please note that this requirement is WAIVED for those who suffer FINANCIAL HARDSHIP so be sure to note if you suffer from FINANCIAL HARDSHIP to proceed to the FEMA application.
NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR FEMA MAY BE A PRE-REQUISITE FOR OTHER DISASTER ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS.
If you do not suffer from Financial Hardship please begin instead at the Federal Agency for Small Business Administration for small business disaster assistance (https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/).
2) DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT FOR FREELANCERS & ARTISTS
The Texas Workforce Commission is a resource for you apply for assistance if you no longer have access to your primary source of income as a direct result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Please note that applications for those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey need to apply by September 27th to qualify for benefits.
Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" Google Spreadsheet. The sheet includes national emergency artist grants/funding opportunities, general resource guides, local emergency response info, and links to area shelters, volunteer opportunities and more.
After an outpouring of concern about the fate of artists and smaller cultural organizations, several arts leaders initiated the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood recovery donations for artists and arts organizations affected by the recent floods. The Fund will be housed at the Houston Arts Alliance, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Members of the Local Action Group who have stepped forward to initially manage the fund Are Fresh Arts, Dance Source Houston and Culture Works Greater Houston.
Click the link below to make a contribution electronically. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to Harvey Arts Recovery Fund, and mail it to the following address:
Harvey Arts Recovery
C/O Houston Arts Alliance
3201 ALLEN PARKWAY, SUITE 250
HOUSTON, TX 77019
Local action group raising money to help individual artists and small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations that suffered losses in the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey
Houston, September 6, 2017 – Not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Houston arts and cultural sector have joined together to launch the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund.
The Fund will accept tax-deductible donations to provide aid to individual artists who suffered personal and professional losses during Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed, as well as financially assist small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations rebuilding after Harvey.
The Fund will be housed at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), a 501(c)(3) public charity, and support the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in the 10-county region of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto.
“The arts and cultural community is deeply woven into the fabric of Houston and contributes significantly to the quality of life for residents; we are proud to support the collaborative efforts toward recovery. We have learned from other disasters that this is not a short-term proposition, especially for artists and smaller organizations that are particularly vulnerable. Our united strength highlights our resolve to maintain the arts and culture that help to make Houston an international economic force,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA).
Houston arts patrons Leslie and Brad Bucher made the first donation to the Fund. Houston Endowment will provide seed funding for the initial infrastructure support. A founding board member of CultureWorks Greater Houston, Brad Bucher said: “As Houston’s attention and work shifts from rescue and emergency relief to repair and restoration, we need our city’s artists and arts and cultural organizations to help us heal from this trauma. But they can’t help fix what Harvey broke if they’re overwhelmed by their own financial losses.”
Houston’s arts and cultural sector’s post-disaster needs could be substantial.
Artists often function as self-employed workers doing commissioned projects, freelance gigs and contract work for individual patrons, art and cultural nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Recovering from disaster-related setbacks hinges on having the right insurance coverage. However, 69 percent of artists are likely underinsured for business property, according to a survey conducted by CERF+, The Artists Safety Net. Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance typically don’t cover losses related to art businesses run out of homes, garages and studios on residential property.
Plus, fewer than 20 percent of Houston area homeowners have flood insurance, according to Associated Press reporting on National Flood Insurance Program records.
In essence, performing and visual artists are one-person businesses under threat of not being able to get back up and running in the next few months.
Similar concerns exist for small-to-mid-sized arts and cultural organizations. Even those that have flood insurance may not have business interruption insurance that would cover payroll during the recovery
“As the local nonprofit arts and culture agency, the Houston Arts Alliance closely tracks the well-being of our city’s arts community in good times and bad,” said Philamena Baird, HAA’s board chairman and interim CEO. “The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund will help arts organizations with limited resources survive this unexpected crisis.”
Want to help neighbors? Do you want to offer programs or services to those impacted? Fill in the below form and our team will be in touch with you once we are ready to deploy your talents/services/programs to those who need them most:
Do you as an individual Artist or Small-Mid sized organization need assistance? Please fill out the preliminary below form. We will be following up with everyone individually as we progress forward.
1) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund DONATION INFO
2) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund REQUESTING GRANT/ASSISTANCE
3) Impact/damage assessment tool to assist with insurance claims and funding