Last week Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other parts of the gulf coast. Our thoughts are with our many museum colleagues affected by the storm’s effects. This week’s Roundup shares some of the museum stories from and about Houston.
Over the past five days, Tropical Storm Harvey, the worst storm to hit the Houston, Texas, region in 50 years, has devastated the country’s fourth-largest city. Along with being home to one of the most diverse populations in America, Houston and its surrounding areas also house a stunning accumulation of modern, contemporary and community-based art.
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Mike Pierce knew he might be in for a marathon camp-out when he reported to work at 3 a.m. Aug. 25. The chief of building operations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston led a crew of more than 30, including technology staff, art handlers and 17 security guards, who would live at the museum for the duration of Hurricane Harvey, whatever that meant.
Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, August 25, large swaths of the state have been battered by torrential downpours, leaving at least five people dead and many more injured. Homes and businesses across the region have been flooded by rains that could total up to 50 inches, a record for the state.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced plans to award $1 million in emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical hit by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana with record-breaking rainfall and flooding.
The American Alliance of Museums shares resources to help museums and other nonprofits prepare and recover from natural and man-made disasters.
As Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath continue to unfold on the Gulf Coast of Texas, AASLH staff, Council, and members are preparing to travel to the Lone Star State for #AASLH17 in Austin on September 6-9. The location of the 2017 Annual Meeting allows us an opportunity to give back to our host state and its cultural institutions in a time of great need.
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