Art foundations offer monetary aid following Hurricane Sandy

Arts organizations in New York that have sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy are getting a helping hand from foundations and other groups that have agreed to donate money to the relief effort.

The Andy Warhol Foundation recently announced that it has allocated $2 million that will go to help artists and nonprofit arts organizations that have experienced serious damage from the storm. The foundation said the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Lambent Foundation will add to the money.

All three foundations said they will pool their assets to assist individual artists through the New York Foundation for the Arts. The NYFA Relief Fund is scheduled to launch Wednesday. Artists can seek assistance via a formal application that will be posted soon on the fund's website.

Nonprofit arts organizations may apply for assistance by sending an email, including a detailed description of damage sustained from the storm as well as a description of the organization, to The inquiry should also mention if the organization has applied for other grants to cover losses.

Separately, the Art Dealers Assn. of America has said that it has raised $500,000 to help aid galleries and nonprofit groups. The association is a nonprofit group made up of gallery owners and art dealers across the country.

Groups interested in seeking aid from the ADAA Relief Fund can fill out an online application.

Many galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York sustained damage from flooding following the hurricane in late October. 


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