PA ID# 037-91146; Los Angeles Unified School District
DSR ID# 85607; Belvedere Middle School, Damaged Painting
Citation:FEMA-1008-DR-CA; Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); PA ID 037-91146; DSR 85607.
Cross Reference: Northridge Earthquake; Restoration of damaged art objects.
Summary: LAUSD suffered damage to its schools from the earthquake. FEMA processed over 9,000 DSRs for more than $134 million for the schools with $434,492 going to the Belvedere Middle School. LAUSD applied for assistance to repair a painting entitled "Wanderlust" that fell and sustained damage in the North Building of the Belvedere Middle School complex. FEMA wrote DSR 85607 for $1,650 based on an estimate provided by the applicant to repair the painting but declared the DSR ineligible because FEMA's artwork policy only allowed for conservation of damaged art objects, not restoration. The applicant appealed the decision. The Disaster Recovery Manager denied the appeal reiterating FEMA's artwork policy. LAUSD submitted a second appeal in which it alleged that FEMA did not address the issues in its first appeal and did not provide any regulatory citation to support the denial. Additional documentation was requested and received from the applicant on January 12, 1999. This documentation included the invoice from Reben T. Lucerno to perform restorative work on the painting. This work appears to be in the nature of conservation work to stabilize the painting for further display. Accordingly, FEMA will approve the work. The invoice is for $600 for the painting "Wanderlust."
Issue: Should FEMA pay for the repair work that the applicant claims?
Findings: The repair work the applicant claimed is of the nature of conservation work to stabilize the painting and is eligible for disaster funding.
Rationale: FEMA's policy on art objects is that they are not replaced if destroyed. However, if the art pieces can be conserved for further display, the work to achieve their conservation is eligible.