Emergency Response of the Arts Community

David Johnston

Composers Sxip Shirey and Danielle Schwob


Post-Sandy, we are even more grateful for our colleagues in the arts community – for their resilience, quickness and generosity in aiding fellow artists and cultural organizations affected by the storm, even in light of their own setbacks. Many are giving benefits, including 2012 Composer-in-Residence Danielle Eva Schwob. Despite having performances cancelled from the storm, Danielle and Sxip Shirey have turned their November 30th (le) poisson rouge show into a hurricane benefit called “Danielle & Sxip’s Hour of Charm: Hurricane Relief.”

Cultural organizations continue to share emergency resources. The folks at Fourth Arts Block, New York Founation for the Arts, A.R.T./New York and the five borough arts councils (BAC, BCA, COAHSILMCC, and QCA) have compiled aid and grant information.  The Dramatists Guild Fund provided more than $40,000 in emergency recovery grants to theaters affected by Sandy. (As such, Blue Coyote Theater Group, who is currently presenting our Executive Director David Johnston’s CONEY, received much needed funds after a week’s cancellation.) And our partners, Flushing Town Hall and Turtle Bay Music School, have worked hard to collect donations and coordinate community response. Flushing Town Hall is even giving away free tickets to all who donate.

We were also encouraged to hear that our colleagues at New Amsterdam Records continue to receive generous help after their new Red Hook facility was devastated.

Our thanks to each and every one of you!



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