Art Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide

On August 3, the USDAC released Art Became The Oxygen: An Artist Response Guide, a free, downloadable 74-page guide to arts-based work responding to disaster or other community-wide emergency from Katrina to Ferguson, Sandy to Standing Rock. This Salon featured amazing artist-activists sharing experience and advice from their own work. If you’re engaged in artistic response to build caring, protest, or resilience in the midst or wake of crisis, if you work with a funder or emergency management agency, or if you’re considering getting involved and want to know more, this video is for you.


  • Rachel Falcone, Executive Director of Storyline Media;
  • Michael O’Bryan, Program Manager in Youth Arts Education at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Central Philadelphia;
  • Amber Hansen, South Dakota-based visual artist and Co-director of Called to Walls;
  • and a few words from Carole Bebelle, Co-founder and Executive Director of Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans;

Moderated by Arlene Goldbard, USDAC Chief Policy Wonk.