Posts Tagged ‘CERF+’

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund Re-Opens

August 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that our Craft Emergency Relief Fund Program is re-opened and we are accepting new inquiries to help artists facing career-threatening emergencies.  Generous supporters answered the call to replenish our fund after an unprecedented year of natural disasters. I want to personally thank every one of you for helping us raise over $350,000.

There are many artists who still need our help and have been patiently waiting for our program to re-open. CERF+ is committed to providing them with financial assistance and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses of equipment, supplies and booth-fee waivers.
Since the beginning of our fiscal year (October 1, 2018), 108 artists have received an unprecedented $508,701 in emergency financial relief from CERF+. This compares to 59 artists who received $239,601 in Fiscal Year 2017.

We’re now hearing from artists about the progress they have made on their road to recovery. From California to Puerto Rico, Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands, artists are rebuilding their studios, making and selling their work, and contributing to recovery in their communities. You can help artists rebound from emergencies by supporting their businesses and by donating to CERF+.

Thank you for being part of the Artists Safety Net.

Sincerely yours,

Cornelia Carey
Executive Director

To apply for help visit (https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/?org=808&lvl=100&ite=1097&lea=765275&ctr=0&par=1&trk=).

Help CERF+ Help Artists Recovering from Recent Disasters

November 12, 2017

CERF+ faces an unprecedented challenge as we respond to the recent devastating disasters from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in Northern California. To date, we’ve heard from over 100 artists in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, California, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.


Artist Brenda Barnett’s store, Potters on Cotter, Port Aransas, TX

CERF+ has set a fundraising goal of $1 million for our Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to some very generous gifts early on from Windgate Charitable Foundation, Etsy, the sponsors of our recent Molten Glass Magic Show in St Louis and many others, we are close to $300,000 toward that goal.

“This work will require the involvement of our whole community to ensure that we can be effective in our response to the significant losses suffered by artists in craft disciplines. I encourage anyone who cares about craft artists to find their own way to raise much-needed funds at this very challenging time,” notes CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey.

CERF+ Disaster Mobilization Plan

We are committed to helping individual artists and their creative communities through the extended recovery process. In consultation with our friends at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, we have created an over-arching response plan to guide our work in the coming months.

Key components of our action plan as a national artist responder include:

* Providing ongoing communication to each of the affected geographies about our disaster recovery resources and emergency financial assistance information.

* Networking with local, state, and regional arts organizations, businesses and individuals for their assistance with outreach and assessing the losses and needs of artists working in craft disciplines.

* Traveling to communities as recovery proceeds to organize artists’ gatherings and visit individual artists.

* Providing counseling and referrals to artists who are seeking information and assistance.

* Expediting the processing and review of applications for emergency relief assistance.

* Working with businesses, suppliers, manufacturers, show producers and others to broker donations of materials, tools, equipment, booth waivers and any other needs that will help artists return to their work

* Maintaining active communication with our national network of artist responders to share information and resources and to foster collaborative efforts.

* Partnering with cultural workers and organizations on the ground in affected communities to organize technical assistance programs for artists’ disaster recovery.

* Continuing our advocacy efforts on a regulatory change at FEMA, which would enable self-employed workers (including artists) to access their Other Needs Assistance program so that they can replace their tools and equipment.

Please give now or organize a fundraiser in your area.

CERF+ is located at 535 Stone Cutters Way, Ste. 202, Montpelier, VT, 05602.

For further information call 802/229-2306 or visit (https://cerfplus.org/).

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Hugo in 1989

October 9, 2016

Visual artists of the Carolinas who follow “Carolina Arts” – attention please. PSMG, Inc. who produced “Charleston Arts” at the time was a victim of Hurricane Hugo that kicked the art community in Charleston, SC, in the gut in 1989. For almost a year the tourist economy in Charleston was gone. The city’s hotels were full of re-builders, insurance agents, adjustors, FEMA personal, and lawyers suing insurance companies – but there were few tourist and the locals were busy recovering from the disaster. The arts were pretty much shut down. It was quite a bit later before homeowners got new homes and insurance payments to buy new art for their homes. It was a long draught for the arts. But those in the art community who suffered damages got some help – through the National Endowment for the Arts, State Art Agencies and even local art councils to recover. Some were too proud to ask for help while others dipped into the well as many times as they could. And believe me, if you’re an artist you will be harmed. Maybe the gallery you used to show your work at will close – for a few months or forever. Companies and corporations will be giving funds to help people recover not to the arts. So in one way or another you will be hurt. Maybe your studio is three feet under water or high and dry – the results will be the same – your market just took a big hit. Ask for help, ask for money – it’s going to be there for the arts. Check with the local arts council and your state agency and even the NEA, and do it now as that money won’t last forever. We run an ad for CERF+ an organization who helps craft artists and more who are victims of disasters. Contact them at (http://www.craftemergency.org/). Maybe you don’t need this help but you might know someone who does – let them know they don’t have to recover on their own – help is there – you just have to ask. Back in 1989 we didn’t ask for help – we were not a non-profit and we still are not and will never be one, but it would have been nice to get some anyway – that’s another story. You’re not us – ask.

CERF+ Welcomes New Director of Programs Jenifer Simon

April 6, 2016

Cerf+-logo-spread

Join us in welcoming Jenifer Simon who joined the CERF+ staff on March 28, 2016, as Director of Programs. Simon brings more than 16 years of experience as an arts administrator, educator, evaluator, researcher, and training and development specialist for the public and private sectors. She has directed arts education programs, created training and career services to support artists throughout their careers, and conceived of Art Cart: Saving the Legacy, an initiative that provides support to aging artists to preserve their life’s work. Simon received her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Skidmore College.

Simon follows Craig Nutt who is returning to his studio practice full time in April after ten years working at CERF+. “I’m excited about the experience and energy Jenifer brings to CERF+,” Nutt says. “She is the right person to take our programs to the next level.”

For further information call CERF+ at 802/229-2306 or visit (www.craftemergency.org).