Art Nonprofits Struggle After Sandy

Clean-up efforts outside Printed Matter. (The New York Observer)

Reports of widespread damage at three beloved nonprofit arts organizations have been coming in after last week’s storm.  The performance space the Kitchen estimates its damage at between $400,000 and $500,000. Today, Primary Information, which is devoted to artists’ books and editions, sent out this statement:

As many may have heard by now, Primary Information, like many in the art world, fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. The Manhattan Mini Storage where the organization’s entire inventory is housed was flooded. On Sunday we were able to access the building for the first time and yesterday we began the difficult process of assessing the damage. A sizeable portion of our inventory has been ruined outright and we are currently trying to save as much of the rest as we can.

Primary Information’s online sales will be suspended throughout the week while we work to rectify this situation. We hope to be up and running early next week.

And Printed Matter on 10th Avenue, “the world’s most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for artists’ publications,” experienced “significant flood damage” to its basement archives, where large quantities of the organization’s inventory was stored.

They have all set up donation funds, which can be accessed below:

The Kitchen

Primary Information

Printed Matter