September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, which means taking time and making sure that we, our loved ones, and our homes and properties are ready if (goodness forbid!) disasters come our way and we have to make quick plans and decisions to keep safe what we hold dear.
I know that our art may not be at the top of the list of objects we'd reach for when running out the door, but that doesn't mean there aren't quick and easy steps we can take right now to keep our art relatively safe. In fact there are! And I wanted to share them with you! These tips can be easily applied now, to protect our art from non-disaster-related events as well as assist if anything more serious should occur.
|Going Out by Bo Bartlett, 2000, oil on linen, 88 x 120.
1. Even if you decide against it, at least look into insuring your artwork and see what that entails. You'll have a better understanding of what can happen in the aftermath of an accident and probably pick-up a few readiness approaches from your insurance agent.
2. Keep an archive of your work so that if anything happens, you have
a roster of sorts to check against for lost and damaged paintings or
3. Be vigilant about the current state of your studio or art-making environment. Literally make the rounds of the area and check for possible problems. A leaky pipe or broken window can do serious damage so take the time to see that the area around your art is secure and stable.
4. Don't court disaster. Keep flammable liquids and any caustic materials
safely stored. Also, store your finished works covered, boxed or crated
if necessary, and in an out-of-the-way place if possible.
5. Restoring your work is always a possibility--you might be able to do it yourself, find a resource in your community, or take the work that has been damaged and transform it into a new artwork.
6. There are grants and loans available for artists who suffer losses to their work and studios. These are here to help in times of need, so definitely look into it!
6. Let go. If the worst happens, and you lose work through an accident or natural disaster, it will be tough. But that doesn't mean that you can't pick up again and start anew. The creative spark in us doesn't go out if the work is no longer there. We will always be makers and doers, so embrace making new work with an open spirit if you ever face this type of difficult challenge.
7. There are resources that can help!! Here are a few trusted sources for more information:
Craft Emergency Relief Fund