Arts Orgs Helping Artists and Arts Orgs

By Peggy Roalf   Monday November 5, 2012

As power is restored in NYC neighborhoods, many galleries and arts organizations are reporting that they are back in business and rescheduling events. A number of these are hosting special election night events, and others are donating a portion of receipts from benefit events to Hurricane relief organizations, such as the Red Cross Relief Fund. Here's a short list:

If you need assistance -- or if you would like to lend a hand: FourthArts Block, Manhattan’s only cultural district, is serving as a clearing house to inform arts volunteers as to where help is needed, as well as providing disaster relief information for artists, performers, and arts organizations. Information.

Election Night Events, Tuesday, November 6
Galapos Art Space has reopened (after being under 5 feet of water) and will host Election Night on its 12-by-14-foot screen, and will offer special Election themed cocktails. RSVP by calling 718.222.8500. No cover charge. 16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY. [All subways to Dumbo are operating.] website.

VIP Preview and Opening Reception, plus election results on the big screen: Jamini Roy & Somnath Hore | Figuration in the Bengal School. A portion of gallery sales will go to the Red crossRelief Fund. Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street, between Bowery and Lafayette, NY, NY.

On Wednesday, November 7, The Dumbo BID is hosting a benefit for Dumbo Art Spaces hit by Hurricane Sandy. The event takes place at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Dumbo,Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $25/$50/$100. If you can’t attend but would like to contribute, email

George Eastman House has rescheduled its New York City Gala, Celebrating Light & Motion, for November 26th at Three Sixtyo, 10 Debrosses Street, NY, NY. Information.

The WBAI Benefit Auction has been rescheduled for December 5, 7:30 pm at Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street, NY, NY. Online bidding continues to midnight, December 4thInformation.


Net profits from the sale of 20x200 edition Blue Marble (Sandy), above, will go to the Red Cross Relief Fund.

The Museum of Modern Art began an outreach program over the weekend, sending volunteers from the arts community to distribute supplies to neighborhoods in need. In collaboration withAmerican Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team, MoMA conducted a workshop on conserving works of art damaged by flooding on Sunday, and have also issued Immediate Response for Collections, a document that offers guidelines for dealing with art damaged by flooding. It offers step-by-step measures that can be taken to conserve artworks in a variety of mediums, including library and archive collections, which have been damaged by water. It also includes a list of suppliers and emergency services that can provide some of the services listed in the document. 
The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations. Call AIC's 24-hour assistance number at (202) 661-8068 for advice by phone. Call (202) 661-8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.Information.

This from Jen Bekman: Proceeds from sales of the new 20x200 edition, Blue Marble (Sandy), will be donated to The Red Cross Relief Fund. “All net revenue from sales of this edition will benefit the American Red Cross’s efforts to help NYers affected by the storm,” she writes. “The image comes to us courtesy of our friends at NASA. The space agency’s GOES project has been doing an amazing job of documenting Sandy from above. You can see more images and video in their Hurricane Sandy Flickr set. This is a very particular perspective of course, a photograph taken from great distance and highlighting the meteorological spectacle of the storm. It’s a whole lot different from the countless images flooding the internet and our TV screens that depict the mess that’s happening here on terra firma.”


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