How to Help Houston Theatres Recover from Hurricane Harvey

**FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS THE EASIEST WAY TO SUPPORT HOUSTON THEATRES**
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FINAL UPDATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 • 1:00 P.M. CST

After initial needs of recovery have been addressed, theatres may struggle to ask for assistance, know where to find help, or have difficulty in securing a place on the priority list of a rebuilding/recovery effort. Those of us in the theatre industry often function on minimal staff (if any) and funding. While major arts complexes may be prepared for a catastrophic weather event, there are other theatre organizations that serve underrepresented groups, youth, elderly, or people who can’t afford tickets to a play or musical. These smaller organizations won’t have the financial resources and human energy to apply for federal grants (for those who do, see info at the end of this blog post). These niche theatres and fringe groups have become a significant part of a community’s cultural identity, and the quicker operations can be restored, the faster people affected by Hurricane Harvey will feel at home again.

Theatres can connect diverse groups, build confidence, create a shared sense of hope, reduce feelings of anxiety and isolation, and help us reflect and process what has happened. The theatre community becomes a place to share memories, commemorate our unified experience (whether joyful or trying), and strengthen our sense of place.

In my own experience, cities, towns and neighborhoods are a reflection of their community, and a disaster could devastate an area even more should its cultural institutions or scrappy artsy collectives get displaced or destroyed. In Helena, Montana, the loss of Grandstreet Theatre would mean the loss of generations of friendships, stories, collaborations and arts advocates. The rebuilding effort in Greensburg, Kansas, after a 2007 EF5 tornado destroyed 95% of its town, never felt quite complete until the re-opening of the Twilight Theatre in 2015, eight years later. These symbolic places and what they provide may not seem essential or necessary to some. That’s why it’s so important for arts advocates to rally together and support our friends in times of great need. Today, it’s Houston. But we are all vulnerable, and I promise Houston theatre artists would come together for Seattle or Tampa Bay or Chicago theatres in the wake of a tragedy.

WANT TO MAKE A DIRECT AND LOCAL IMPACT IN HOUSTON?
Consider making a monetary donation to the following nonprofit theatre organizations:

• HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE – Houston, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

COMPANY ONSTAGE – Houston, TX
Flood Damage Reported
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
*In the middle of capital campaign to renovate new performance space. For more details on the extent of the damage sustained, please visit companyonstage.org

Company Onstage Volunteer• ALLEY THEATRE – Houston, TX
Flood Damage Reported
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate or text ALLEY to 41444
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

• PASADENA LITTLE THEATRE – Pasadena, TX
Flood Damage Reported
*Production of “The Oldest Profession” cancelled.
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

SPARK THEATRE – Houston, TX
Building & Roof Damage Reported
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
*Spark Theatre opened its doors as a flood shelter for hurricane victims and their pets.

STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE – Houston, TX
*20+ Performances Cancelled, Significant Ticket Revenue Losses, 40th Anniversary
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

SHUNYA THEATRE – Houston, TX
*Performances Interrupted, Drastic Ticket Revenue Losses
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

FIRECRACKER PRODUCTIONS – Houston, TX
*Performances Cancelled, Drastic Ticket Revenue Losses
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

DIRT DOGS THEATRE COMPANY – Houston, TX
*Performances Cancelled, Drastic Ticket Revenue Losses
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

ROGUE PRODUCTIONS (Fresh Arts) – Houston, TX
*First major fundraising event cancelled, potential space flooding
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

• CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY – Houston, TX
*Annual fundraising campaign interrupted.
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

• MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATRE COMPANY – Houston, TX
*Annual fundraising campaign interrupted.
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

• CONE MAN RUNNING PRODUCTIONS – Houston, TX
*Capital Campaign for new space interrupted
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS – Houston, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

• GRAVITY PLAYERS – Houston, TX
*Company launched production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”
Performances and Fundraiser were interrupted
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

• CLEAR CREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE – Nassau Bay, TX
*Delayed Opening of “Calendar Girls” – Please visit their website for more info.

UPSTAGE ARTS YOUTH THEATRE – Webster, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

KATY VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Katy, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

BAYTOWN LITTLE THEATRE – Baytown, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

THE LANDING THEATRE – Houston, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)
Uses Actors’ Equity Association Contracts

STAGEWORKS THEATRE – Cypress, TX
Requested: Online donations (Click HERE to donate)

Is your theatre in need? E-mail Adam to be added to the list.


(Information Taken from arts.gov website)
FOR THEATRES SEEKING HELP FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 

While the NEA does not receive special appropriations to support disaster relief activities, the Chairman may award Extraordinary Action grants in response to emergency situations. These grants are made only when extraordinary circumstances merit immediate attention and warrant bypassing the customary review process. Recipients must meet the same eligibility requirements stated in the NEA guidelines. Organizations may also apply under Grants for Arts Projects on the timeline specified in the guidelines.

Sample Projects:

Extraordinary Action grants may be awarded to replace costumes, sets, props, or supplies; restore damaged art collections; or help support arts programs that will allow the affected organization and community to address the disaster.

Grant amounts are up to $30,000.They may be matching or non-matching at the discretion of the Chairman.

Following Hurricane Charley, the Orlando Ballet (Orlando, Florida) received a $10,000 grant for the repair and restoration of costumes, sets, and props; the replacement of office furniture; and interior air cleanup. A grant of $10,000 was awarded to the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County (Port Charlotte, Florida) to help artists and cultural organizations replace art, studio space, and supplies destroyed by the hurricane.

Visit www.arts.gov/grants/apply (Grants for Arts Projects) or contact webmgr@arts.gov.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANCE FOR PERFORMING ARTS ORGS in HOUSTON:

TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Hurricane Harvey Resource Links CLICK HERE

FEMA – Region VI (Disaster Recovery and Financial Assistance)
Federal Regional Center
800 North Loop 288
Denton,TX 76209-3698
(940) 898-5399 (phone)
(940) 898-5325 (fax)
Serves: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Small Business Administration (Loans)
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
(800) 366-6303 (phone)
(817) 684-5616 (fax)
Serves: AR, CO, IA, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND,NE,NM,SD,OK,TX,UT,WY


RESOURCES FOR HOUSTON THEATRE ARTISTS NEEDING ASSISTANCE

Actors’ Equity Association Emergency Line:
Rehearsal/performance-related emergencies: 818-414-8525

The Actors Fund – Are you eligible for help?
CLICK HERE

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