2017 Fires: Arts Recovery Resources

A resource list for the arts community

2017 Fires: Arts Recovery Resources


December 2, 2017 9:00am to 3:30pm  ACNV Art Supply Distribution Day for Fire Victims

Register for the event here 

  • ACNV will be offering invitations to artists who suffered loss in the fires. Victims will be allowed to take whatever they need to help them create again and leave what they don’t need for other victims. It will be run on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
    • Please email Bethany@artscouncilnv.org if you are an artist who suffered loss and have not yet received an inviation email.
  • We have created a Facebook Art/Performance Supply Exchange group.
    • If you have supplies, instruments, etc, that you would like to donate to fire victims, please post that on this group page, and specify that it is an item intended for a fire victim.
    • If you have musical instruments, other performing tools, arts supplies or items you know will be useful creatively speaking, please post to this group. We also encourage requests for supplies to also be posted in the group.


December 7, 2017 3:30pm – 5:30pm Arts Recovery Resources Workshop 

Register for the event here

  • Organized with our partners at Sonoma Creative, this workshop will offer information on recovery support opportunties for any individual in the creative field who had been impacted with physical and fainancial losses due to the valley fires.
  • Information provided by:
    • Debbie Carroll, The Grammy Foundaiton (MusiCares)
    • Keith McNutt, Actors Fund (Actors Fund)
    • Julia deNatale, NV Community Foundation (NVCF Fund and Gen Recovery Resources for independent contractors/small businesses)
    • Olivia Dodd, ACNV (ACNV Fund, Creative Sonoma Fund, and Gen Arts & Culture Recovery Resources)

October 2018 – Jessel Gallery From the Heart Benefit for Artists affected by the Napa Valley Wildfires

  • Show will run October 1 – 30th, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Oct. 12th, 2018 5pm – 8pm

Artist Disaster Recovery Fund Now Open for Applications

  • If you would like to sign up to be eligible for the Artist Disaster Recovery Fund please click here.


Our hearts go out to all who have lost so much and suffered due to the North Bay fires. We want our arts community to know they are not alone and we will be here to help you navigate this difficult time. We have been working in partnership with our peers at Creative Sonoma to provide you with the most up to date information on recovery and relief for local artists and arts groups impacted by this disaster. This page will be a resource list to help you find available resources to help you rebuild and recover.

What to Do Now:  Our partners at Creative Sonoma have put together this thorough step-by-step checklist of what to do if you have suffered losses: https://www.creativesonoma.org/what-to-do-now/

Tell Us of a Need: We are making every effort to reach out to local artists and arts group who may be impacted by the fires, if you or someone you know might have an arts-related need please let us so that we can keep in touch as more resources become available. Email Bethany@ArtsCouncilNV.org.

Offer Aid and/or Tips: If you would like to offer assistance to our arts community and/or offer arts-based relief to our general public, we can help guide you toward resources, potential partners and in communications.

Additionally, if you know of resources that we have not listed here, please share these so we may include all appropriate and pertinent information in our list.  

To submit an offer or tip, reach out to us at 707.257.2117 or email Bethany@ArtsCouncilNV.org.

Make a Contribution: If you would like to support Napa County’s arts community directly, you can contact us about donations specifically for artists and organizations whose work and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster.  Cash donations may be made online through our Disaster Recovery Fund or you may contact Olivia Dodd via email at olivia@artscouncilnv.org or phone at 707.363.0395. Amount and number of grants will be commensurate with the level of donations the fund receives. We hope to announce details in early November for accessing any available funds .

Share this Page! Do you know someone who has been impacted? Please share this page with your friends in the arts community, so that others might benefit from this information.

Get News on Facebook: Follow our ACNV Facebook page to get the latest news and offers from the community. https://www.facebook.com/artscouncilnapavalley

If you are an artist in Sonoma County or would like to support Sonoma County artists and arts groups, please see Creative Sonoma’s thorough list of resources:  https://www.creativesonoma.org/fire-recovery-resources/

Napa County’s art community will emerge from this disaster, stronger than ever, and we will do it together.


Arts Relief & Recovery Funds

There are numerous established resources for emergency financial relief and recovery for artists and arts organizations.  Below are a few key resources for you to explore. The ACNV team will help guide you through how to best utilize these resources and navigate the systems for ease of access. Contact Bethany@ArtsCouncilnv.org or give us a call, if you need help.


Studio Protector

Artist and Arts Organization Emergency Funding Resources:

  • List of Emergency Recovery Funds
  • Clean-Up Tips
  • Crowdfunding Tips
  • Disaster Preparedness

Learn More: https://cerfplus.org/get-ready/studio-protector/



Craft Artist Relief Fund

Who does this cover?  Individual Craft Artists

What can it be used toward?  CERF+ emergency relief assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.  

How does it work?  Contact the CERF+ staff through their online inquiry form to learn more about the application process.

Who is eligible? Read the criteria here: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/eligibility/

Learn more: http://craftemergency.org/artists_services/emergency_relief/


Joan Mitchell Foundation

Joan Mitchell Emergency Fund for Artists

Who does this Cover?  Individual Artists (Painters, Illustrators and Sculptors) whose career was impacted by a natural disaster (such as Sandy, Katrina, San Diego wildfires).

What can it be used toward?  The fund focuses on damage and losses impacting career such as studios, materials, and equipment. Does not include losses that were held in a gallery – only studio or home related damages.  The program is not able to provide funds for projected lost revenue or income due to the disaster.

How does it work?  Contact the foundation’s program manager directly to begin the process.  The staff will work with you to confirm eligibility and guide you through the application form (including itemized losses, 8 pages, notarized).

Up to $6,000 dollar grants. Review process takes 1-2 months.

Read more: http://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency


The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

What is it? The program is “intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency.”

Who qualifies? “An artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking.”

Learn more here: https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant


Artists Fellowship Financial Assistance

What is it? “The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.”

Who qualifies? Professional artists may apply.“ ‘Professional’ is defined as those who make the creative arts as their livelihood as painters, sculptors, or art photographers through sales as reported on a Schedule C with Federal tax returns.”

Learn more here: http://www.artistsfellowship.com/financial.html


Alliance of Artists Communities

What is it? In the event of a natural disaster, the Alliance contacts its network of more than 150 residency programs to identify immediate and short-term availability of residencies. They work with affected artists (painter or sculptor) to take advantage of these residency opportunities, including grants of up to $1,000.

Who qualifies? There are multiple forms of relief residency programs, for both visual and performing artists.

Learn more about their relief programs here: http://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs


Authors League Fund

What is it? “The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers, even their lives, with dignity by providing open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to pay for pressing expenses.”

Who qualifies? Read their professional guidelines here: http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/apply/

Learn more here: http://www.authorsleaguefund.org/


PEN Writer’s Emergency Fund

What is it? “The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000.”

Who qualifies? Read their detailed eligabiltiy guidelines here: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund-eligibility-requirements/

Learn more here: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/


American Society of Journalists and Authors Emergency Assistance Fund

What is it? “The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.”

Who qualifies? “An application should demonstrate a record of past professional nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years.”

Learn more here: http://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF


Online Resource Lists for Industry Professionals


What does it cover? This entertainment industry resource list, organized by the Grammy’s, is specifically geared towards performers who are suffering. The list offers a wide range of aid, some specific to disasters, but many are earmarked for performers in general struggle. “MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.”

Who does it apply to? Musicians and Performers

Visit the list here: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/programs/relief-organizations



New York Foundation for the Arts

What does it provide? The nation’s most comprehensive list of available emergency funds for artists and arts organizations.

Disaster Resources: http://source.nyfa.org/content/content/disasterresources/disasterresources.aspx

Emergency Grants: http://source.nyfa.org/content/content/disasterresources/disasterresources.aspx?DRID=54&CID=5&UDRID



ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

Read more: https://www.artsready.org/


The American Institute for Conservation

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works offers financial relief opportunities for historic sites and art conservation due to a natural disaster.

Read more: http://www.conservation-us.org/about-us/contact#.U_zrAfldVMU


General Recovery & Relief Information


Local Recovery and Emergency Resources

All funds given to this foundation will be used in Napa County, for the purpose of disaster relief.  

In response to several major Napa County fires, Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has activated a Disaster Relief Fund for fire victims. The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is making pre-qualified grants to nonprofits providing immediate relief and recovery services to those affected.  These services may include: food; shelter; childcare; transportation; health and mental health; resource/referral and case management; legal/advocacy services; and, human and social services.”