Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Orleans Needs Our Help

UPDATE: Via Tyler Green.
AAM reports that the Southeastern Museums Conference has established a fund for museums and cultural sites affected by Katrina. Click here for information on how to contribute.

In fact, the entire Gulf Coast needs our help. I've spent the morning looking a photos of the devastation and it's clear when the count is totalled, that hundreds of people will have lost their lives and millions their way of life. New Orleans as we knew it is gone. The misery for its residents is clearly only beginning.

The Red Cross is one of the best places to send contributions at this point.

After 9/11, Americans from every corner of the country proved that we were all New Yorkers. Today, we're all New Orleanians.

UPDATE: Mark has recommended an online auction to help raise funds. Anyone with experience doing that want to suggest how to start?

UPDATE II: I don't want this to turn in to a red vs. blue free for all, but doesn't he have people to tell him that photo ops like this

President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005.

are best reserved for days on which the nation is not also seeing images like this...
Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina cover a portion of New Orleans, La., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, a day after Katrina passed through the city.


Anonymous crionna said...

Maybe this'll help. eBay's Giving Works

Personally, I like to eBay stuff I don't want anymore and accept paypal. Then I've got a nice little "bank account" that's much more easily used for donations than it is for purchasing beer.

8/31/2005 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

That's a great idea crionna!

I've asked my resident eBay expert to research setting up a store, but he suggests it won't be as fast or easy as I made it sound like it could be. It might be best for individual artists to do this themselves rather than organize it under one roof (says the man who has to go out of town on Friday and knows he won't have web access). ???

8/31/2005 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/31/2005 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...

thats a great idea, we all need to help and do whatever we could do to help. I looked at ebay art category. And dont know how easy and fast it would be to do it on ebay.

PS. and who is that person would be? :)

8/31/2005 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

PS. and who is that person would be? :)

the ebay expert?

i dunno? some smart, generous, compassionate soul, I think. ;0

8/31/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Mery Lynn said...

Another good place to donate is the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. It's one of the few non-religious ones and they have a reputation for donating virtually all of the funds to those in need.

8/31/2005 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger James W. Bailey said...

Dear Edward,

As an artist from Mississippi who lived in New Orleans for 20 years, I want to thank you very much for your post. The situation in New Orleans is far worse than is being reported in the media.

I'm blogging as I'm able and have had very limited cell phone communications with family in Mississippi and New Orleans. What direct information I have been able to get is terrifying, especially regarding the worsening situation in New Orleans.

I'm currently on the road to Mississippi. It's my hope that I'll be able to assist in some way with my family in New Orleans, if I'm able to get in the city at all.

New Orleans Mayor Nagin finally admitted the obvious - that there are probably hundreds if not thousands of dead in New Orleans alone, many of whom died while trapped in their attics.

I know the people of New Orleans and Mississippi and can promise you they will rebuild. New Orleans will survive - it has to.

But the need is literally beyond anything this country has faced before. Our government has to rise to the challenge. I implore President Bush to do so. Relief workers in New Orleans are absolutely overwhelmed by the situation. They need more able-bodies to physically help. It's that simple.

I spent 20 years of my life in New Orleans photographing every street corner in the city. It is very difficult to think about what has been destroyed in this magical city.

But I have to believe that the thing that make New Orlean so special will not be lost - its unique culture, its people. The City of New Orleans will survive because its people who survive this tradegy will continue to carry its culture forward in their, minds, hearts, music, food, poetry and art.

New Orleans may look different the next time any of us see it, but it will always be New Orleans. Its destiny is to always be the most un-American city in America.

Sorry for all the sentimental emotions. It's all I can think about right now.

I greatly appreciate artists donating to the relief efforts. I've also posted links to reliefs benefits that are being organized in DC on my blog.

Again, thank you.

James W. Bailey

8/31/2005 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

As James said, there are several DC-based artists (and I'm sure there are others elsewhere) who are selling their work to raise funds for disaster relief, I've been adding links to their work on my blog as I discover them. I hope all artists will donate a piece of work for disaster relief.

8/31/2005 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Good luck and Godspeed, James.

Thanks to you as well alexandra.

For those who don't realize you get there that way, click on alexandra's name (or here to find out more about the art you can purchase to help the victims of the hurricane).

And don't miss James' post here.

8/31/2005 08:09:00 PM  
Anonymous james leonard said...

I've given this over 24 hours of serious thought since I first saw your post. I've come to the regretful conclusion that the work I have available just isn't appropriate for such an auction (due to either subject matter or its nature as "difficult to collect" installation and sculpture).

BUT I would like to help by donating my time and or skills. If anyone is organizing something in BK/NYC area and is looking for a hand, please contact me. I'd like to do something...

9/01/2005 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I'm watching the ebay progress. I'm not hopeful that enough money can be made from the sales on line. Art needs to be presented in a different context, it's always worth a try.

9/01/2005 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous crionna said...

ebay has gotten their system up and running smoothly to allow folks to sell for charity.

And PayPal has finally made it easy to dump all that extra cash you have sitting there from selling those unwanted items in the past into a charity

9/01/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger krull said...

I just recently gave to the Katrine cause for the Red Cross. It is a good way to help. I am looking to obtain a miniature sculpture of the Bologna sculpture called "The Rape of the Sabine Women" any info would be greatly appreciated.

1/22/2006 10:59:00 AM  

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