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Earthquake Recovery Resources for Artists & Arts Organizations

Sep. 11, 2014 | Arts Council Napa Valley

Photo credit: Juliana Brown

We have put together this permanent earthquake recovery resource page specifically for the local arts community. The content will be updated regularly to include information on arts closures/damage reports, special discounts, emergency relief funds and resources, as well as ways you can help in the Napa Community (as an artist, volunteer, or donor). Be sure to check back often for more updates! 

If you have a resource or update you would like us to include, please email info[at]artscouncilnv.org.

Earthquake Preparedness Guide: How To Stay Safe and Survive

If you would like to make a donation to aid in the recovery, you can do so through Arts Council Napa Valley's Arts Recovery Fund.  

Please also see the Closures/Damage section for information on funds specific to an organization or business.


FEMA Updates - 10/31/14

Since FEMA has declared a Federal Emergency, assistance is available  individual assistance for homeowners, renters, and businesses, private-non-profit organizations and institutions.

To learn more, visit: http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4193/notices/amendment-no-1

To see if you qualify for assistance, visit: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/


Arts Org Updates


Uptown Theater

"The historic Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 9, after repairs corrected the extensive cosmetic damage caused by the south Napa earthquake on Aug. 24.

The damage caused the Uptown to cancel five shows that had been scheduled for September and October.

Now the Uptown is ready to open for its first show after the earthquake when reggae artist Ziggy Marley performs on Sunday, according to Shelby French, marketing director for the Uptown.

Also scheduled to appear at the Uptown in November are comedian Dana Carvey and author and humorist David Sedaris." Read More


Local Discounts


Discounts on Reframing & Repairs of Artwork @ Jessel Gallery

We want to let every artist know that we are offering Special discounts on reframing and repairs of artwork damaged by the quake.

The Jessel Gallery had no damage to speak of and we are here to take care of any framing need. My framer is also able to do repairs on pottery.


Jessel Gallery
1019  Atlas Peak Road
Napa Ca

Arts Recovery Resources & Funding Sources

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.  Please contact the Olivia Everett at 707-257-2117 ext. 2 to learn more about these resources and other local opportunties that might be available. 



Artist and Arts Organization Emergency Funding Resources:

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



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. Carefully read through all the eligibility and criteria documentation prior to filling out an application.

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

Contact: Allison Hawkins: 212-524-0100 | ahawkins@joanmitchellfoundation.org



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. 



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




Local General Recovery & Emergency Resources


American Red Cross Services

  • Disaster Action Team (DAT)
  • After a Disaster: How To Recover
  • Recovering Emotionally
  • Recovering Financially
  • Checking Your Home
  • Checking Utilities and Major Systems

Read more: http://www.redcross.org/ca/napa/disaster-preparedness-response/local-disaster-response


Napa Valley Community Foundation

Deadline extended!! The deadline for earthquake relief from the Napa Valley Community Foundation earthquake relief fund was extended from January 16th to March 31, 2015. Certain grant amounts were also increased. Click here to learn more.

With a generous gift from the Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Community Foundation has established the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to Napa County families, nonprofits and businesses impacted by the recent earthquake.

Guidelines regarding eligibility are in process and will be published soon.
If you’d like to make a donation to the Fund, please click here.
To read the press release from NVV, click here.


Local Assistance Center (LAC)

The NapaLAC is a joint project of the City of Napa and Napa County to provide services to individuals, families, renters, homeowners, and businesses to help recover from the South Napa Earthquake of August 24. The LAC hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Saturday. For details on services go to www.napaquakeinfo.com or call (707) 258-7829. Open as of September 8, 2014 at 1pm and operate until 7pm.  After that, the regular operating hours will be Monday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.



Whether you have a truck, strong muscles, extra kitchenware or time to check in on someone’s loved one: You have more to offer than you realize to those in need post earthquake.

If you are in need, there are more resources, helping hands, giving hearts & people who are ready to help, they just need to find you.

If you have services or items you can provide and are outside Napa, we need you as well.

Live Chat with other residents for support, questions, answers, advice & insight.

Read more: http://www.icanineedihave.com/


Should a Federal State of Emergency be Declared

Should FEMA declare the Napa earthquake a Federal emergency, additional resources and recovery funds will become available.  This may include opportunities from national agencies like unemployment benefits for working artists and grants through National Heritage Preservation Fund.



Ways You Can Help

If you would like to help the community towards recovery or participate in a community project, here are some calls for volunteers that may be right up your alley.  Also, if you would like to make a donation towards the recovery of local artists and arts organizations you can do so through Arts Council Napa Valley's Arts Recovery Fund


Save the Pieces!! A Community Mosaic

This fall, the Napa community will come together to create a mosaic comprised of treasured household items that were shattered in the August 24 earthquake. This project will use separate shards to create a unified piece in order to share the community's memories and create an artistic statement and permanent memorial. All community members are invited to contribute broken items to be used in the finished public art piece. Organized by Verve Napa Valley and The Grand Hand Gallery - Napa, this collaborative community-built work will be installed at a TBD location in downtown Napa.


Community Quake Mosaic Project Announces Collaboration With Vine Trail

Napa, CA — Last month the Community Quake Mosaic Project was established. Inspired by the damage caused by the August 24 Napa earthquake, the project will incorporate hundreds of broken pieces donated by the community. This work of art will serve as a gathering spot, place for reflection, and historical memorial for generations to come.

We are thrilled to announce the next step in making the Community Quake Mosaic Project a reality. Organized by Verve Napa Valley and The Grand Hand Gallery, we are working in collaboration with the local nonprofit, Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition. Together with our leadership team, we will join forces to identify the ideal site for the community mosaic along the 47-mile Vine Trail which will run through downtown Napa.

Our Leadership Team Includes:

T Beller & Emma K. Morris, Verve Napa Valley
Kristina Young, The Grand Hand Gallery
Jamie Graff, Nimbus Arts
Mikey Kelly, Mikey Kelly Studios
Miki Hsu Leavey, Artist and Arts Advocate
Mark Joseph & Shannon Kuleto, Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition

Stay tuned to the Verve Facebook page (Facebook.com/VerveNapaValley) for updates, or to join our mailing list and find out about future volunteer opportunities, please email quakemosaic@gmail.com.

About Verve Napa Valley 

VERVE is an energy — a buzz. Our 20+ years of knowledge and access to the premier Napa Valley lifestyle is your one-stop resource for all things Wine Country. A curated experience with Verve is inspired, indulgent, and exclusive. Verve's industry insights grant you insider access to exceptional artisan wineries, culinary masterpieces, private art collections, wine blending, barrel tasting, special events, and much more. Verve collaborates with visitors to create memorable events and showcase the Napa Valley like you've never seen it before. For more information, visit VerveNapaValley.com or connect with us via TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


About The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition

The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a community-supported nonprofit working to create a 47-mile walking/biking trail system connecting the entire Napa Valley physically, artistically and culturally, from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to the foot of Mt. St Helena in Calistoga. The Coalition board and thousands of supporters are dedicated to helping shape a Napa Valley future that preserves agriculture, is more economically vital, safer, greener, healthier and more connected. More at VineTrail.org.

About The Grand Hand Gallery

The Grand Hand Gallery in Napa opened in June 2012 as the second location owned by Ann Ruhr Pifer. The original gallery was opened in 2004 in St. Paul as the premier gallery of fine American craft in Minnesota. The gallery carries work in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber and jewelry by artists and craftspeople from across the country, with a particular emphasis on those from the Upper Midwest and Northern California. Pifer is committed to helping artists from these two regions, which she knows best, reach a broader national audience and take their careers to the next level. The gallery was named a "Top Retailer" and "Best New Gallery" by NICHE Magazine.


Family Service announces Napa-Rocks

Healing from the earthquake using Historic and Personal damaged property to create Art

Family Service, a non-profit providing mental health services in Napa Valley, was among numerous downtown businesses and agencies to lose use of its building. In an effort to raise money to help rebuild and to also further its mission of helping the community heal, FSNV is pleased to announce the launch of Napa-Rocks–art created from rubble. “Art is an effective tool in healing from trauma. It helps people communicate their stresses, fears and process anxiety.” (Marti Palmer, Clinical Director at Family Service)



Napa Valley Rocks! Weekend for Quake Relief

September 25 - 28, 2014

Volunteer, Donate or Purchase Tickets: $20 per person

"A coalition of community members, chefs, vintners, and business owners across the valley are planning Napa Valley Rocks!, four fun-filled days to "sip, savor, shop, shake & support" the many Napa Valley residents and businesses affected by the Aug. 24 earthquake."


Arts Business Closures & Damage Reports

Artists of the Valley Gallery



di Rosa


Damage: The art collection was unfortunately impacted, both indoors and out. We estimate 10% of the artworks on display suffered some level of damage--just 3% of the total collection. It could have been much worse. Real losses are minimal, and most of the work can be repaired. We're relieved to see how well our newer installations held up, and how much artwork stayed in place. We credit the reinstallation of the collection in recent years, using professional methods, with protecting the art from greater damage.

Recovery Fund: https://dirosapreserve.ejoinme.org/?utm_source=Earthquake%20Follow-up&utm_campaign=Earthquake%20recovery%20letter&utm_medium=email&tabid=553209


Jarvis Center / Conservatory



Napa County Historical Society / Napa County Landmarks


Napa County Landmarks has created an emergency response fund to collect donations for the repair of Downtown Napa and Napa County's damaged historic resources. Please visit us on our website to make a contribution to this very pressing issue.

Click here to make a donation.


Uptown Theater

CLOSED until November-ish

Damage: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/uptown-to-remain-closed-until-november/article_a75ae773-4591-5db2-bbae-1ed7f0813481.html


Poem about the quake by Augustine Gonzales:

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