FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2017, Updated September 6, 2017
CONTACT: Johanna Tschebull
September 6, 2017 UPDATE – Dance/USA announces three ways that dancemakers and others can assist artists affected by Hurricane Harvey:
August 29, 2017 – Dance/USA is concerned about all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, confronting disaster in their homes, businesses, and communities. Dance/USA has been in touch with dance makers in Houston and as many of you have heard, there is major flooding and damage affecting the arts community. We’ve heard from many who are concerned about our friends in the Houston area. As the situation stabilizes and once the community has assessed the damage and their needs, Dance/USA will provide ways that the national dance community can support artists affected by Harvey. There already are some resources available to artists, through organizations such as The Actor’s Fund, which provides information on emergency financial assistance and resources. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is coordinating with the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Division of the Arts in the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development to assess the situation and those arts organizations hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey. The NEA is prepared to direct additional funds to these agencies for re-granting to affected organizations. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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