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Stories + Resources

Stories + Resources

ARTIST STORIES Artists CERF+ Helps Jeremy Ayers Ceramicist Michael Beitz Artist Meb Boden & Tom Vaiciulis Woodworkers Angel Brame Ceramicist Dan Bollock Woodworker Frank Bosco Ceramicist Muffy Brandt Textile Artist Ann Brauer Fiber Artist Jon Brooks Furniture...
Theft Prevention

Theft Prevention

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.

Self Care + Your Studio Practice

Self Care + Your Studio Practice

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.

Taking Inventory

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.

Education + Training

Education + Training Education + Training Programs Our engaging programs are designed to safeguard and support resilient artist careers. Participants incorporate our signature content and expert strategies into their studio and professional practice, professional...

About Homeowner’s Insurance

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.

Moisture – Coming to a Studio Near You

Moisture – Coming to a Studio Near You

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.

How to Find a Studio Space

How to Find a Studio Space

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.

Find Your Studiomate

Find Your Studiomate

August 16th, 2017

August 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....
Business Insurance: Can You Afford to Be Without It?

Business Insurance: Can You Afford to Be Without It?

Business Insurance: Can You Afford to Be Without It? by Dorothy Bocian While there may be no way to prevent an emergency from taking a toll on your business, damage can be minimized with appropriate business insurance. Your homeowners insurance is not likely to cover...