Artists are often the target of theft. Take steps to protect your artwork and other business assets from theft, and have business property insurance coverage at your studio and while your artwork is in transit and at sales venues. Use these theft prevention checklists.
Spot clues that may indicate potential problems and safety hazards
June 15th, 2017Planning for Securing Your Studio When You’re Not There What can you do to ensure that your studio is okay while you are away? “I ve been told to plan for the worst and hope for the best. It turns out that is really good advice,” says Blacksmith +...
CERF+ and Wellness for Makers have partnered to launch a DIY video series to promote artist health and wellness. Each video focuses on some of the common problems faced by artists with an active studio practice and includes tips that help relieve strain and reduce the risk of injury. The videos feature Missy Graff Ballone, founder of Wellness for Makers, licensed massage therapist, yoga instructor (RYT 500), and metalsmith. In each video, Missy meets an artist in their studio and offers practical self-care techniques that can be added to their daily studio routine.
When it comes to creating a safe practice, know your risk centers and follow these Dos and Don’ts of studio safety.
Create a plan for the potential disasters that could affect your business. Use the Solo Artist Studio Ready & Reopen Plan template, gather your business emergency contacts and establish plans for restarting critical operations of your studio.
April 17th, 2017
Cleaning up your studio this spring can provide health and safety benefits as well as a cleaner and better organized workplace. Here are some ways to cover your art assets and career this spring.
A complete studio inventory includes all your art-making tools, equipment and supplies, artworks, business equipment and supplies and other assets. Start with basic inventory record system described here and consider the more advanced systems as you go.
If you have to evacuate your studio, you may have only minutes or you may have more than a day. Use these checklists and resources to help you prioritize what to do before you leave, and what to bring with you.
There are many ways to help an artist get organized after an emergency, whether it be related to cleaning up after a disaster, finding and applying for assistance, locating another studio, fundraising, or other important recovery work.
CERF+’s Studio Protector is the artist’s guide to emergencies. Find helpful tips and resources for emergency readiness, emergency relief, and emergency recovery.
October 11th, 2017
We hope everyone in the areas threatened by the current wildfires in Northern California is able to stay safe and that the fires are soon contained.
Homeowners insurance often doesn’t cover the cost of damaged business materials. Here are a few things you should know if you have business property in your home and what your options are for coverage.
September 20th, 2016
Even relatively small amounts of water can cause a lot of damage. As artists in Louisiana and other states are cleaning up and rebuilding after recent floods, and an active hurricane season continues, we are reminded that disasters–big and small–involve water.
August 16th, 2017
Guest contributor: Michele Gambetta, Founder of ArtCondo Whether you plan to rent or purchase a studio, there are proven ways to find the best space. Knowing your needs is the first place to start. Create a list of your studio “needs and wants” to get yourself oriented. Options include desired neighborhood, physical characteristics of the space, the building community, preferred type of possession (short term lease vs long term lease vs purchase) and price. Understand that your preferences may change as you see how they translate into cost and market availability. After you understand what studio you want, start visiting properties! There are multiple searching methods, and all require different degrees of time and effort. Sometimes the extra work translates into a great deal, but sometimes it’s the only way to find a space at all.
August 16th, 2017August 31st is National Match Maker Day, which got us thinking: What makes for a good match in a studiomate? Sharing a studio with another artist can make an expensive studio more affordable. A studiomate can also be a source of creative inspiration and peer support....
Organize your studio by creating specific zones for different functions and keep your work and storage spaces clean. This will help keep you and your artwork safe.