Who We Are
Safeguarding + Sustaining Artists’ Careers
CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.
CERF+ is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
“Artists in the craft community wouldn’t see each other for a whole year—and we would discover that somebody’s barn had burned down, someone had been in an auto accident, or someone’s van had been broken into and they had lost all of their crafts.”
– Josh Simpson Co-founder
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Art is America’s common wealth and artists are its most precious asset.
Meet Our Staff
Our Board of Directors
Past Board Members
Julie Gordon Dalgleish
William Lehr Jr
Jack Lenor Larsen
We’re all part of the Artists Safety Net
Celebrate the Artists Safety Net with Us!
If you support artists, you can be part of the “Artists Safety Net!” Whether you donate, attend workshops or tell a friend about CERF+, you help protect artists, their art and their careers. Tell us why you support art and the artists who make it by adding your own story here.
CERF+ Impact: A Bird’s Eye View
(Oct 1, 2017 – Sep 30, 2022)
Jeana Eve Klein, Fiber Artist and CERF+ Beneficiary
When I was facing the prospect of no work space, CERF+ came through for me when I really needed it and I was able to continue working without interruption. I’m in a much better financial place now. I give to CERF+ so other artists can be helped in the future.
Judy Chernoff, President, Collectors of Wood Art
Artists may experience tenuous unforeseen circumstances from time to time. Along with a wide variety of activities in support of the wood art movement, helping artists during such times fits in well with our mission.
James Aarons, Ceramic Artist
CERF+ helps us when we need some support, guidance, or advice. Sometimes we just need to know that we’re not alone, or if something knocks the wind out of us, CERF+ is a friend. CERF+ is critical part of the craft community.