Hi PAN Listserv,


As we see more and more communities around the country respond to natural disasters we at Americans for the Arts want to make sure you have the tools needed to help you prepare and, if needed, to recover. We know that public art programs require a unique set of skills and knowledge to prepare and respond, so this month we are releasing this set of learning opportunities to help you prepare your collection and community to respond to a natural disaster.



Launching today are two new webinars with curated resources on deaccessioning public artwork and addressing basic needs for damaged artworks. Register to watch these pre-recorded webinars, to download the presentations and gain access to additional resources specific to the topic area. Registration is free for members ($35 for non-members).


  1. Demystifying the Public Art Deaccession Process: Hear from public art administrator Sherri Brueggemann as she discusses the development and implementation of the City of Albuquerque’s decommission policy.
  2. Basics in Addressing Damaged Public Artworks: Learn from art conservator Rosa Lowinger as she discusses tips and tricks to help maintain a damaged artworks after a disaster and prior to getting a hold of a professional.



Download the newly released case study New Orleans After Katrina: Public Art Amid Natural Disaster by Morgana King, edited by Anne Canzonetti to read how the Arts Council of New Orleans recovered their public art collection after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This case study also includes valuable information on how to protect your public art collection and a list of resources on disaster planning and material conservation.



Tools of the Trade: What Happens After a Disaster? Help Self-Employed Artists and More

Wednesday, November 29th at 3pm Eastern Time | Registration is free for members ($35 for non-members)


Did you know that artists are twice as likely to be self-employed as other Americans? In a disaster, loss of tools like kilns and musical instruments places artists in a position of extreme vulnerability by removing their capacity to earn a living at a time when income creation is most critical to get back on their feet. Current FEMA tool replacement assistance specifically excludes self-employed workers from needed tool replacement after a disaster. Craig Nutt with CERF+ and Ann Graham with Texans for the Arts will describe a unique problem facing self-employed workers, including artists, after a disaster, and ways you can help.




  1. Cultural Placekeeping Guide: The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) published this guide in June 2017 on organizing a self-help emergency action network as a way to foster community cohesion and connectedness during a crisis.
  2. AFTA’s Disaster Preparedness Webpage: This webpage outlines action steps, resources and case studies for local arts agencies to take in order to prepare for and respond to disasters. Often, the arts are one of the first things people turn to in times of need. Make sure you’re able to care for yourself and support your community in tough times.





Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager
Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave, NW, 6th Flr, Washington, DC 20005
T: 202.371.2830 ext 2024
E: pwalsh@artsusa.org
W: www.AmericansForTheArts.org

T: @Americans4Arts; @pwalsh6

Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 50 years of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.