What We Do
Every Artist Needs a Safety Net
A studio artist’s career has its own set of ups and downs. Some are predictable, others are unexpected. We’re here to ensure that your career is able to sustain both. We envision a future where working artists thrive and have a safety net of resources and support to protect and sustain their livelihood, studio and art.
CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. Our core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.
CERF+ is readiness, relief + resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create.
CERF+ is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
“After Katrina, CERF+ helped me get a new kiln and the resources to restart my studio. Seeing how critical CERF+ was to the Gulf Coast arts community, I will always be thankful and a supporter. ”
– Brian Nettles, Ceramicist and Beneficiary
CERF+ Impact: A Bird’s Eye View
100% of our beneficiaries cited CERF+ assistance as a contributing factor to their financial recovery after an emergency.
“CERF+ plays a unique role in providing emergency resources to the arts community. Their focus on preparedness, response when tragedy strikes communities, and valuable recovery resources is one of a kind in the arts community.”
– Jono A. Anzalone, Vice President
International Services Department, American Red Cross
Throughout my curatorial career, I’ve visited countless artists in their studios to conduct interviews and critiques. Each experience helped me develop useful perspectives on an artist’s creative and technical process. Over time, I came to appreciate the value that lay in preserving these unique creative journeys. When tools to suit a desired outcome didn’t exist, artists frequently customized items they had purchased or inherited. Some even fabricated their own or even invented new machinery.read more