Superstorm Sandy Took Toll On New York City’s Arts Community

NEW YORK (December 14, 2012)—In New York City Superstorm Sandy turned paintings, equipment, tools and paper into tangled and soggy heaps and damaged the livelihoods of hundreds of artists who have helped make New York a dynamic art capital.

Artists, galleries and artists' lofts face tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

No major museums reported damage, but the toll among smaller operations and individual artists was steep.

Mary Ellen Buxton-Kutch, a glass artist at the damaged Pier Glass studio in Brooklyn, said the operation suffered as much as $200,000 in damage and that a new furnace alone would cost an additional $20,000.

Various institutions and foundations are offering recovery help ranging from grants to free advice on how to rehabilitate damaged works of art.

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