This week, a crisis in Texas


Our state suffered a major calamity, and is still suffering. Recovery will be long, costly, and hard for many.

At Sightlines, the unfolding disaster meant we put aside arts journalism for the past week. We’ll use our platform instead today to share a list of some of the organizations helping Texans recover that you can support.

Austin Area Urban League
The Urban League currently has an emergency fundraising campaign to help at-risk communities with the disaster.

Austin Disaster Relief Network
Donations accepted to pay for emergency housing and supplies for people impacted by weather-related incidents.

Austin Mutual Aid
Collecting monetary donations to help house and otherwise support the city’s unhoused population. Donate via Venmo at @austinmutualaid 

Black Leaders Collective Fund
The Black Leaders Collective Fund is supporting coordinated effort to provide critical emergency aid to community members impacted by recent winter storms.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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