Supporting creative work by women
By now, you’ve seen the horrifying photos from Hurricane Sandy’s swath through the Caribbean and the northeastern United States. We are very saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by this powerful storm. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.
Many of my friends in New Jersey, lower Manhattan, and other parts of New York City are still reeling from the storm’s aftermath. No power. No water. No gas. Very little food. It’s strange, particularly in the City that Never Sleeps, to be dark. The downtown streets and theaters have been hard hit by this storm. Recovery will take a long time, but in true Big Apple fashion, New Yorkers are pitching in to help each other.
There are many ways to help.
1) Jimmy’s No. 43 is a downtown bar and indie theatre fave because of its support of theatrical work. Its backstage has showcased dozens of plays and theater events. And, it needs help now. Buy gift certificates for people to the upcoming awesome events in the space. The Vegetarian Mushroom Dinner on November 18th caught my eye.
2) Today (November 2nd) and tomorrow (November 3rd) LES canvassing: GOLES, 169 Ave B volunteers needed for teams going into neighborhood to check on and supply disabled, elderly and those who cannot get aid on their own. Come to GOLES @ 12pm. We’ll finish at 6pm. Both Friday and Saturday. GOLES office 212-358-1223.
3) CSV and 3LD will need volunteers to help them in the coming weeks as they try to clear out their spaces and get back up and running.
4) There’s a volunteer center running all day at 505 LaGuardia Place, NYC – accepting donations of bags (backpacks preferred – totes acceptable I’m sure) of water, AA batteries and non-perishable foods. If you can get down there with stuff I’m sure it would be appreciated!
5) Fourth Arts Block (FAB) has already compiled a list of other ways to help, Check them out at its web site.
6) If you have the time and energy (and money), see a show. Every dollar means the world to indie productions and theatres. Here’s a list of indie productions and their schedules.
Thank you for everyone for keeping everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy in your thoughts. And, if you have info, on other ways to help, please post. The more we share the information, the more help can be provided.