(GHOSTSHIP FIRE RESOURCES AT THE END)
On Friday December 2, there was a large fire at an artist residence in Oakland, CA. Many artists and creative folks perished, including LGBTQ youth and youth of color, and many more have lost friends, lovers, family, and cherished community.
Artists often build personal and collective strength from their chosen family, close connections, do-it-togetherness, and interconnected resourcefulness. It is a choice that people make: Who do I want to live with? How do I want to spend my time? Who do I get to become, what do I get to create, and with whom? There is freedom in this act.
Many artists have unfortunately had to choose between making money and making art. Therefore, many people impacted by this fire have limited resources for things like doctor's bills, mental health treatment, new computers, and a new place to live.
A number of community members are offering free or low-cost legal aid, inspections, mental health services, clothing, food, and shelter for those impacted. Here are some resource lists for you to share.
MASTER LIST OF RESOURCES
FACEBOOK GROUP: GHOSTSHIP SUPPORT AND LOVE
THERAPISTS OFFERING PAY WHAT YOU CAN SESSIONS
FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THERAPY RESOURCES
FACEBOOK EVENT FOR OAKLAND'S DIY SPACES
A PLAYLIST OF MUSICIANS LOST AT GHOSTSHIP
If you are a therapist and would like to offer pay-what-you-can therapy to survivors of the fire, you can enter your contact info HERE. The community is especially looking for therapists who can provide services outside of CA and in other countries.
“Creativity is discontent translated into arts.” - Eric Hoffer