Southern Finger Lakes Arts Preparedness Network

“He who is best prepared can best serve in his moment of inspiration”  — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Resources for Artists and Organizations: Links, documents, and forms below are intended to help you at any point in your ongoing efforts to be ready, or recover from an event.



Below is a list of ORGANIZATIONS that fully, or in part, work to help artists and organizations succeed, thrive, and move forward through challenges:
  • The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.
  • Alliance for Response Bringing together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level – where virtually all initial disaster response occurs – is the purpose of Heritage Preservation’s Alliance for Response initiative.
  • American’s for the Arts: THE CREATE ACT Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) reintroduced the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act  in both the U.S. Senate and House at Arts Advocacy Day on March 5, 2019. The CREATE Act aims to more thoroughly serve the people, places, and programs that make our nation’s creative economy prosper in all its cultural, social, and commercial forms. This sweeping legislation expands on the research of numerous economic studies, such as Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity, our Creative Industries maps, and the CREATE Act issue brief in the Congressional Arts Handbook.
  • ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.
  • CERF+ A studio artist’s career has its own set of ups and downs. Some are predictable, others are unexpected. CERF+ is here to ensure that your career is able to sustain both. They envision a future where working artists thrive and have a safety net of resources and support to protect and sustain their livelihood, studio and art.
  • FEMA Life of Art Collections Improves with Better First Response 
  • Grantmakers in the Arts is the only national association of both public and private arts and culture funders in the US, including independent and family foundations, public agencies, community foundations, corporate philanthropies, nonprofit regrantors, and national service organizations – funders of all shapes and sizes across the US and into Canada.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation is both a model for how resources can be offered to artists, and an advocate for the value of artists. The impact the Foundation seeks to have is to help to create a world in which the following conditions exist: Artists are valued and thriving; The visual artists who are recognized in contemporary culture reflect and represent the diverse world in which we live; A comprehensible and comprehensive set of systems provide resources for artists’ lives and careers.
  • MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.
  • Musicians Foundation In today’s volatile professional climate, many musicians experience greater financial risk than ever before. Musicians Foundation provides aid that enables performers, educators, composers, and arrangers to continue pursuing their artistic process and vision. As the oldest non-profit of its kind in the United States, Musicians Foundation is dedicated to assisting musicians, and their families, in times of emergency, crisis, or transition. Our goal is to relieve the financial burdens of musicians who qualify according to the Foundation’s criteria. Musicians Foundation has helped sustain the creative life of thousands of musicians throughout the United States since 1914. The organization’s more-than-100-year reputation speaks for itself—a longevity supported by generations of individual and corporate donors, carefully planned fundraising events, targeted outreach, and the maintenance of fruitful collaborations with like-minded groups.
  • National Assembly of State Arts Organizations A professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA is a national, not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that champions public support for the arts in America. Together, NASAA and the state arts agencies advance the arts as an essential ingredient in the well-being and prosperity of our nation’s individuals, communities and families.
  • National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) can help by connecting and convening. If you are currently in the midst of a situation or have experienced a disaster or crisis, please fill out the artist assessment or organization assessment report. NCAPER will contact you to discuss how we can help.
  • National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
  • National Performance Network seeks to provide risk-taking performing and visual artists with the resources needed to develop and tour new work, to ensure arts leaders have the skills and opportunities to be change-makers in the arts presenting field, and to influence cultural policy for more just and artist-centered practices.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit service organization that provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive.
  • The Performing Arts Readiness project was formed in the recognition that performing arts organizations are especially vulnerable to disasters and emergencies which can halt performances, sometimes indefinitely, and can put an organization out of business overnight. 
  • The Pollock-Krasner Foundation The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.
  • South Arts has built a robust library of publications by other organizations, institutions, and researchers. Organized by theme, sections on the publications page include arts education, arts participation, creative economies, folk-life & traditional arts, international cultural engagement, presenting & touring, and the South. 

July 9, 2019 - Summer Convening and First Network Meeting Held at CMoG

A core group of regional organizations joined for a summer convening of the Southern Finger Lakes Arts Preparedness Network to discuss establishing mentor-like relationships between organizations to provide guidance to organizations in need of planning help.

Core members: 171 Cedar Arts Center, Arnot Art Museum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Chemung County Historical Society, Clemens Center, Corning Museum of Glass, and Southeast Steuben County Library.

Date/Location: Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Corning Museum of Glass Education Lab

Presenters: Tom Clareson, Bill Gilbert, and Janet T. Newcomb



February 6, 2019 - Winter Convening and Preparedness Workshop Held at Chemung Valley History Museum

The ARTS Council facilitated a free emergency preparedness workshop on, February 6, 2019, 9am-3pm at the Chemung Valley History Museum  in Elmira, that was attended by 26 community members.

In December, The ARTS Council developed a preparedness survey that was distributed early in January 2019, to 796 recipients through The ARTS Council’s database. 221 recipients opened the email with the survey link, resulting in 78 survey responses. In addition, cultural partners of The ARTS Council shared the survey link with their constituents, thus compounding the reach.

The survey results exposed information about how much planning is still needed throughout the Southern Finger Lakes region, and therefore provides a platform for the formation of a network. The survey provided input from 8 counties in New York and 1 in northern Pennsylvania. County participation included: Allegany – 1, Chemung – 24, Erie – 1, Ontario – 1, Schuyler – 6, Steuben – 39, Tioga – 2, and Tompkins – 1 from New York State, and three responses from northern Pennsylvania.

Southern Finger Lakes Arts Preparedness Network Survey Findings and Summary 2019


News Release: The ARTS Council Receives Performing Art Readiness Grant

NEWS RELEASE                                           August 23, 2018

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Receives Performing Arts Readiness Grant

Corning, New York – – The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 new network grant from Performing Arts Readiness, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The grant will allow The ARTS Council to support a local emergency preparedness consortium, including performing arts venues, serving the Southern Finger Lakes region of New York State.