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Resources for Artists Affected by Wildfires

Jhenn Whalen

Artist Engagement Intern

Artist Trust’s heart goes out to all people – and especially artists – statewide and nationally impacted by recent and unrelenting fires and natural disasters. In the spirit of our mission to support all Washington artists, we are reflecting on The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response imperative, which is to provide a complementary list of services geared directly towards artists and cultural producers.

General Sources of Support

• Basic emergency preparation material can be found at The State of Washington Emergency Management Division website: www.emd.wa.gov.
• For Fire Relief Funds visit cfncw.org/fire.
• For specific geographic areas of wildfire recovery see cascadiacd.org/wildfire-recovery-resources_351.html for an inclusive list of resources.
• The Washington State Conservation Commission (found at scc.wa.gov/supplemental-budget also provides assistance for food and finances on their page.

Arts and Culture-Specific Support

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation provides grants to artists facing emergencies.

CERF+ has emergency relief resources and financial support for artists.

The Authors League Fund gives no-strings-attached, interest-free loans to authors affected by catastrophic events.

For additional resources, please visit our Resources page.

Get Involved

Your support can make a difference in the lives of natural disaster victims and provide stability to working artists. Please see below for a list of agencies collecting for relief funds:

• The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is collecting donations for victims of the fires through the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund. Visit cfncw.org/fire or call 509-663-7716.
• Okanogan County Community Action Council is providing aid for immediate needs such as gas, food and shelter. Visit occac.com or call 509-422-4041.
• The Salvation Army office in Wenatchee is collecting money to aid fire victims. Visit salvationarmynw.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY (designate gift for “Northwest fires”).
• The Red Cross is accepting donations for wildfire-disaster relief, which allows it to set up shelters and provide quick help. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
• The United Way of Chelan and Douglas counties is taking donations through its Sleepy Hollow fire-relief fund. Visit uwcdc.org or call 509-662-8261. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 488, Wenatchee, WA 98807.
• If you have firefighting experience or are interested in hands-on volunteering, please visit dnr.wa.gov/WildfireVolunteer