Fund Helps Texan Artists, Cultural Organizations Recover After Hurricane Harvey

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Ol' Hurricane Harv hanging in the Gulf. - NASA VIA TWITTER
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  • Ol' Hurricane Harv hanging in the Gulf.
When disaster hits our state, us Texans know how to take care of each other. It's what makes us a strong, vibrant community that continues to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the Lone Star state each year.

So when Hurricane Harvey hit in August of 2017, it was no surprise that Texans showed up in a big way, throwing benefits – from stacked hip-hop shows, to star-studded country lineups – and setting up ways for people to donate to disaster victims.

Now, if you’re an artist and your art was affected by the disaster of Hurricane Harvey, then you may be relieved to hear that there’s a chance you could get some financial assistance.

Local artists and arts organizations can now apply for funding provided by the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund (HARF), which supports Houston artists, performers, musicians and arts and culture organizations in need of assistance on an account of the tropical storm.



Back in January, HARF awarded more than $40,000 to local artists and arts, heritage and cultural organizations who suffered personal and professional losses due to Hurricane Harvey. Applications for assistance are open from Feb. 15 to March 1, 2018 at harveyartsrecovery.org, with awards being distributed this spring.

“It's essential to support artists during a crisis because we’re already working with limited budgets and our finances are tight regardless the season,” said HARF grant recipient Adam Castañeda of Freneticore in a press release. “Every bit counts and HARF’s support helped us resume our regular, seasonal programming.”

According to HARF, this is how to get that money:

Non-profit institutional applicants and individuals over the the age of 18 must be able to demonstrate, through appropriate documentation, their cultural or artistic practice and how they pursue their creative mission professionally. They must also prove that their artistic practice was negatively impacted, directly or indirectly, by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. So long as both the need and the reasoning behind the need are clearly present, HARF will not restrict the use of funds to any purpose or category. Those who received funding in the first round of grants are not eligible to apply a second time.

Individual applicants must also be able to show that they are pursuing at least one of the following: private and government insurance claims, Red Cross disaster relief, Texas Workforce Commission disaster unemployment insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance grants and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Institutional applicants on the other hand, must show private and government insurance claims, FEMA public assistance grants or SBA loans.

For more information and to donate, visit Harvey Arts Recovery Fund at harveyartsrecovery.org.

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