Disaster Response & Recovery

Cultural Recovery Center

The Cultural Recovery Center (CRC) in Brooklyn, NY was managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC).  The CRC offered space and help to owners of artworks damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Volunteer assistance and work space was available for museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, galleries, collectors, and artists in need. The goal was not to provide free conservation treatment, but to provide guidance and assistance in the cleaning and stabilization of art and cultural materials.

For an overview of the response, from the first weeks of “street work” to the current stabilization work being done at the Cultural Recovery Center, read our update here:
 NHR and Cultural Recovery Center Update (.pdf)

FAIC Offers Thanks to Our Supporters

Funding for our response efforts in New York was provided by a leadership gift to FAIC from Sotheby’s. Additional donations to FAIC came from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PINTA, The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show; Tru Vue; Aon Huntington Block Insurance; Aon Foundation; members of the American Institute for Conservation; and others. 

The Smithsonian Institution and a grant to Heritage Preservation from the New York Community Trust, as well as support from TALAS, enabled purchase of supplies. The Center was also outfitted with supplies from Collector Systems, who donated full access to its cloud-based collection management system to track and record all work completed, Rapid Refile, disaster recovery and mold restoration specialists, Materials for the Arts, a creative reuse program managed by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and C.A.S. Paints, which manufactures professional grade artist's paint. The American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art also provided key support for recovery efforts.

Artinfo Visits FAIC’s Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn

Artinfo visited the CRC warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where volunteer conservators helped artists to stabilize their works.

Watch the VIDEO here: http://bit.ly/ZBhGEQ

Hurricane Sandy Resources

In addition to the resources on this page and the National Heritage Responders, click here for a pdf of web resources that may be of value to artists and galleries affected by storms such as Hurricane Sandy.

Consider Making a Donation to These Efforts

Please consider a donation to the Foundation of the AIC to support the work of our volunteer teams in communities throughout the United States.