California Arts Council

State of California

Emergency Preparedness

When disasters strike, they strike everyone — including artists and arts organizations. Prepare now to protect your life’s work from the unthinkable.
  • Arts Ready

    A program of South Arts, regional state arts agency, co-chair of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response. Web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations nationwide with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability. A free Basic Membership gets subscribers emails with advice on readiness, as well as regionally-focused ArtsReady Alerts to help you prepare before a crisis.

    Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

    Emergency resources to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.

  • Actors’ Fund

    Emergency financial and social service help for performing artists.

  • Grantsmakers in the Arts (GIA)

    The Coalition for Artists’ Preparedness and Emergency Response--a cross-disciplinary, voluntary task force of Grantsmakers for the Arts members. Excellent web links


The California Arts Council is a member of the coalition that is endorsing, supporting and assisting in the plan to create the Southern California Arts Responder Network to help local arts communities recover from the effects of disasters. This is a pilot which is hoped eventually to go statewide. It is planned that California’s will be the first statewide network for arts emergency preparedness.