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Relief Fund

ADAA Relief Fund

When Hurricane Sandy hit, ADAA took immediate action. Within a week, it had formed the ADAA Relief Fund, which began distributing grants to galleries and nonprofit arts organizations damaged by the storm. The efforts of generous donors galvanized the entire fine arts community and brought necessary attention and resources to this important cause.

To date, the Fund has distributed 50 grants, totaling $543,500, to aid in recovery. ADAA organized an information session to provide an opportunity for those affected by the storm to receive professional advice regarding insurance policies and legal concerns. A year later, ADAA held a Collectors’ Forum to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and discuss issues including conservation, storage, insurance, and the prevention of future damages. 

The ADAA Relief Fund will continue to be a resource moving forward. We retained a portion of the donations to provide aid in the event of future disasters, ensuring that we are able to react quickly and protect our cultural community.

Other Resources
On October 22nd, 2015, the Department of City Planning released a guide on Resilient Art Spaces, a how-to guide for the operators and owners of arts and cultural spaces on measures they can take before, during and after a storm to protect from storm damage and recover more quickly. The report is part of the agency’s work in West Chelsea under the Resilient Neighborhoods initiative and was developed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, download the full report HERE.