The loss of life, the destruction of property, history and architecture in Gulf Coast states today is almost unbearable. And from my vantage point in Minneapolis, it’s almost unfathomable. It may be just beyond my power to comprehend, but it’ s not beyond my power to pitch in. If you’d like to as well, here’s a list of legitimate relief organizations, as well as a next-of-kin registry, and other key resources. If you’d like to direct your giving to help hurricane-struck cultural institutions, here’s an update from the American Association of Museums:
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is assessing needs; identifying available freezer space, storage facilities, and triage areas; receiving donations of cash, goods, and services for distribution to affected museums.Checks should be made payable to SEMC with Hurricane Katrina Fund noted in the memo field. The mailing address is SEMC, P.O. Box 9003, Atlanta, GA 31106. The SEMC board will make decisions regarding distribution of the funds.
To offer use of space or equipment, donate salvage supplies, or volunteer for salavge and recovery, contact Richard Waterhouse, SEMC executive director, at 404-378-3153 or director@SEMCDirect.net.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has established the 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund. Since much of the Gulf Coast’s economy is tourism based — especially historic travel — historic places will play a critical role in the region’s revival. Donations will support assessment teams, assist small businesses through the National Main Street Center, and disperse critical grant monies to organizations on the ground in affected communities.
The American Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669) is accepting donations for the overall recovery effort.
Update 9/2: Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes is keeping an expanding list of arts-related relief links.