Hurricane Florence Recovery Resources for Arts Organizations and Artists

Dear Colleagues:

I know many of our arts partners throughout the state have been affected professionally and personally by Hurricane Florence. The North Carolina Arts Council staff and I are thinking of you and want to assist in your recovery in any way we can.

Our staff has been conducting an informal inventory and, as of now, can report that most of the arts organizations we’ve spoken with have sustained only minor damage and leaks. Of course, flooding continues to be a significant concern in communities near rivers and dams and not everyone has been able to return to their homes and businesses.

If your organization has closed due to storm damage or is dealing with flooding or other related issues, please update your primary staff contact or email Brenna McCallum at This information will help us understand how we can best assist your organization.

We have been in touch with FEMA’s Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) office and provided them with a list of arts and cultural organizations in our state’s 100 counties. Hopefully, the HENTF office will soon reach out to provide information on disaster assistance. We’ve also created a page on our website,, that lists national resources that may be of help to you. In addition, Governor Roy Cooper has established the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and we encourage you to share this link and information about the fund to your partners and constituents.

We’ll continue to provide updated information as we receive it through social media and in other ways. Please keep us informed of your needs and know that we will be a resource for you as the recovery continues to evolve.



Wayne Martin, Executive Director
North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina Resources

  • Statewide Hurricane Information: A statewide resource for hurricane preparation and recovery.
  • North Carolina Historic Preservation Office: An online form for local governments and citizens to report damage to historic properties from wind and flooding associated with Hurricane Florence that are over 45 years old has been set-up.  A building does not need to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have any other special historic designation to be eligible for this service.

    The Historic Preservation Office offers technical advice and consultation for the restoration of damaged historic properties in North Carolina. Technical consultation incurs no cost or obligation. For more information visit



National Heritage Responders to Offer Free Workshop in Wilmington on Oct. 2

The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C. will host a free workshop for collecting institutions, collectors, and artists who were affected by Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The workshop will be led by members of the National Heritage Responders, trained volunteer conservators and collections care professionals who assess damage and initiative salvage of cultural collections after disasters.
If you are interested in attending please reserve a spot by going to

National Resources

FEMA Hurricane Florence Resource Page

The following resources are provided by Americans for the Arts National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response:

ArtsReady is a national initiative that is a web-based emergency preparedness resource designed to provide arts organization subscribers with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

Other Federal Agencies

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) provides disaster loans for individuals, businesses and nonprofits
  • The Department of Labor (DOL) runs the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program, administered through state Departments of Labor. It provides temporary unemployment benefits for people whose jobs or self-employment are lost or interrupted as a result of a major disaster. Artists and other freelancers, who usually do not qualify for unemployment benefits, qualify for DUA.

Resources for Artists

  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+): CERF+ provides emergency grants and loans to craft artists and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery for artists in all disciplines.

  • Studio Protector: A variety of resources for artists including tips on how to obtain assistance from FEMA and the Small Business Administration.

  • Gottlieb Foundation: Funding is available to painters, printmakers, or sculptors, who have been working for at least 10 years, and have recently undergone an unforeseen catastrophic event such as a fire, flood, or medical emergency

Share the love

If your organization plans to support the Florence recovery in a way that patrons can participate in or if you plan to offer ticket proceeds, etc. for hurricane recovery please let us know by sending information to so we can make this information available on our social networks, as appropriate.


Visit NC and Discover SC Initiate #CAREolinas Campaign

The tourism office for the state of North Carolina has launched #CAREolinas as a shared message of support from Visit North Carolina and Discover South Carolina, and our communities, visitors and residents. North and South Carolina share more than a state line. We share a spirit. And the spirit of the Carolinas can't be dampened by adversity.

Now, as attention turns to how people can help, #CAREolinas is a unifying movement to help connect and amplify recovery efforts across our two states. Feel free to this graphic and the hashtag #CAREolinas for stories about our communities and states pulling together.