Responding to an Artist's Disaster
Be prepared to be of greatest use to any disaster affected person, and know what might be especially helpful to an artist. Whether you are helping out for an afternoon or in it for the long haul, the Studio Protector can be your resource for making a big difference for someone in need.
Deeper Commitments: Help Someone Organize Their Recovery
Completely review the related Studio Protector resources and work with the emergency affected person to plan your organizing efforts
The Make a Plan information in the Clean Up section
The Salvage section for salvaging the artist’s tools, equipment, and artwork
The Networking section for tips on helping the artist work with volunteers
- Consider helping with organizing and completing assistance application forms
Did the artist lose studio space? Is he or she ready to create artwork again if a studio were available?
- Consider helping locate a workable studio space for the artist, possibly sharing your studio or the studio of a nearby artist
Online crowdfunding after an emergency has proved to be a successful way for many artists to garner recovery funds. Here are some tips that can help the artist you are assisting make the most of crowdfunding
Though the emergency affected person can manage a crowdfunding campaign, it is likely to be more successful if produced and managed by a supporter, preferably with helpers.
Tell the emergency story in a compelling way, using photos and videos if possible
Expand the reach of the campaign though supporters’ active social networks
Update the campaign often, thanking supporters and adding news of the recovery
Learn more in the Help Yourself -> Social Network section.
Other ways to help
Give them a break: Having a break from the emergency recovery, even a short one, can help clear the mind and provide renewed energy to deal with the tasks ahead. Consider helping the artist in this way if appropriate.
Get away from the “disaster life”
Organize meals and other help with friends and family of the artist online.