Traumatic experiences can provide chances for growth and learning. Use your emotions or circumstances to tell your story, inform your creative process or find inspiration for content and meaning. Reach out to others who have been similarly affected for support and solidarity.
Crowdfunding has become a standard source of raising money to help an artist recover from an emergency. Here are some tips for successful crowdfunding for artists after emergencies.
A disaster can motivate you to rebuild a stronger business than you had before. This resource will help you set goals, get a handle on your financial situation, develop or diversify your income sources, and turn a challenging situation into a long-term opportunity.
Experts agree that recovery from trauma doesn’t just “happen”
Taking triage steps after a disaster means prioritizing what needs to be dealt with first. Make a list of salvage priorities, determine the resources you’re going to need, and review the safety precautions and guidelines necessary to lead a work crew.
Planning ahead can help you stay in business. Creating a quick studio reopen plan will increase the likelihood your business will survive a disaster, and knowing the safety steps to take before a disaster occurs will help avoid casualty.
July 10th, 2016
As an artist, your work is part of you: an extension of your psyche, your worldview, your story. It doesn’t get more individualized than that. And yet, you need to balance total subjectivity with a necessary objective: making a living.
When submitting insurance claims, it’s important to have good documentation of your collections. You will need photographs and written records that show the condition of your work before and after the damage occurred.
CERF+ Participates in Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery Gathering in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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If your home, studio or space has been damaged or destroyed in a wildfire, review these tips to help you clean up, recover what you can, and rebuild.
Steps to salvaging your water damaged art studio After a hurricane.
If your home, studio or space has been flooded as a result of Hurricane Florence or Michael, review these tips to help you clean up, recover what you can, and rebuild.
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CERF+ emergency assistance for artists working in craft disciplines is available in different forms (grants, no-interest loans, and more). Find the details here.
Review this checklist to get started on a disaster response plan for your art business.
A Disaster Buddy is a fellow artist or friend living in another region of the country or your state with whom you exchange lists of contacts and people to notify in case of an emergency.
Be prepared to be of greatest use to any disaster affected person, and know what might be especially helpful to an artist. Whether you are helping out for an afternoon or in it for the long haul, these tips can be invaluable.
Review this checklist, and Studio Protector’s salvage and clean up resources, before heading out to help those impacted by a disaster.
After a disaster, friends and community members are likely to want to help you with clean-up and salvage. Use these guidelines to help you make the most of the volunteer assistance and to help ensure the work is done safely.
There are ways to get involved with disaster recovery that go beyond pitching in when someone close to you has been affected. Consider getting involved with a group that trains and deploys disaster recovery volunteers.