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NCAPER's response information page is a vital lifeline for artists and arts organizations seeking disaster assistance. This comprehensive resource includes essential contact details for requesting help, assessment forms for carefully documenting damages, and a valuable directory of key contacts within FEMA and related agencies. Serving as a centralized hub, it becomes a crucial one-stop destination for obtaining necessary resources and guidance in times of emergency or disaster.

Especially noteworthy is the fact that communication and information technology often become limited in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. This can leave artists, cultural workers, and arts leaders displaced and struggling to support their colleagues and communities. In response to this challenge, NCAPER offers Response Calls/Zooms as a critical tool. These sessions provide a platform for affected individuals to connect, openly discuss their status and urgent needs, and engage in meaningful conversations with experienced NCAPER representatives who have faced similar situations. These knowledgeable representatives excel at identifying available resources and providing well-informed recommendations, making them invaluable assets for individuals and communities navigating the complex path of disaster recovery.


NCAPER's response page and the invaluable Response Calls/Zooms form a robust support network for those confronting crises in the arts community.

Response Calls

Weekly Response Calls are currently being held following the wildfires on Maui:
Thursdays at 5 PM ET. Those who were impacted and
 those who wish to help
are welcome. Email to receive the Zoom login information.

FEMA Assistance
You and/or your organization may be eligible for FEMA assistance if you are in an area designated under a presidentially declared disaster.

FEMA Public Assistance Applicant Briefings

What is Public Assistance? Public Assistance (PA) is a FEMA program that reimburses state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations for the cost of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures to protect life and property, and permanent repair work to damaged or destroyed infrastructure, which can include the repair or replacement of collections.

What is an Applicant Briefing? An Applicant Briefing provides a high-level overview of the Public Assistance Program. Cultural institutions that sustained damage in Maui County should plan to attend one (1) Applicant Briefing to learn how to apply for the Public Assistance Program. The session will allow applicants to ask questions about the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA), which administers the PA Program.

Who should attend? To obtain maximum benefit from the information presented at the Applicant Briefing, a potential Applicant should send representatives from its management and finance department and designate a primary point of contact to interact with HIEMA and FEMA.



Contact Julie Fujimoto, 808-983-2565,, or

Paul Hoe, 808-983-2566,

Date: September 20, 2023 *This is an in-person meeting
Time: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Location: Maui Economic Place, 99 Mahalani St, Classroom 1 & 2, Wailuku, HI
Audience: Private Non-Profit Organizations (Note: Attend either the in-person or Teams briefing. Do not attend both briefings.)


Date: September 26, 2023 *This is a virtual  meeting
Time: 9 AM – 11 AM
Location: Microsoft Teams
Audience: Private Non-Profit Organizations (Note: Attend either the in-person or Teams briefing. Do not attend both briefings.)


Link to join: HERE

Rapid Damage Assessment
Three online surveys – one for arts organizations, one for individual artists and performing groups, and one for cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums) – are now available. Please complete the relevant survey so that the arts and culture response community, with support from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), can address the damage caused by the crisis you experienced by helping us understand and share with FEMA where assistance is sought, the critical needs, and inform how recovery efforts move forward. The survey should take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete.

Arts Organizations: HERE
Artists and Performing Groups: HERE
Cultural Institutions: HERE


Please complete this NCAPER/HENTF survey just once. Please distribute it broadly to others in the arts community. If you have completed a survey from another source, we would appreciate you also submitting information to us.


If you are not able to complete the survey online, please email to request a paper copy.

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