The life’s work of many Brooklyn and NYC artists have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. As a writer, even though our creative and intellectual labors are now protected by the cloud, I still feel a deep aching grief at the thought of helplessly watching the tide take something so personal, something you have invested your heart and soul and life into creating that can never be reproduced.
But if we prove anything over and over and over again in this city, it’s that communities come together in times of tragedy to help rebuild and rise again. Artists have begun helping each other salvage, scrap and rebuild studios and galleries. Likewise, artist and attorney Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento has volunteered to provide free legal advice about artist’s rights and how to proceed getting compensated for lost or damaged artworks, studios and living areas. New York-based visual artists or arts nonprofits who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are encouraged to call him at (347) 763-2023.