As was reported last week, Hurricane Harvey had a major impact on museums in Texas, which were obliged to close temporarily due to the floods (see “Texan Museums Menaced by Hurricane Harvey”). From the earliest hours of the catastrophe, plans were laid to help the institutions and, in particular, artists. The internet site Hyperallergic reports the scheme proposed by the association Fresh Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, which have compiled information for artists on how they can apply for aid following the hurricane.
The NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities, an institution that provides grants in particular to artists and museums) has also implemented an aid plan. It will award $1 million in grants to museums, universities, libraries and other historic organisations damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The money is intended especially to protect collections and renovate museums.
The first $250,000 will be made available by the NEH to nonprofit organisations by Humanities Texas and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The remaining $750,000 will be distributed on the basis of need to the region’s cultural organisations.
“The NEH has designated these funds to support the people in Texas and Louisiana in their efforts to protect the historic materials that document their invaluable contributions to American culture”, said Jon Parrish Peede of the NEH.
For the moment, it seems that the most important museum collections in Huston have been relatively spared. Information about other cultural institutions in the region is still lacking.