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CERF+ Response to Central US Flooding

CERF+ Response to Central US Flooding

As emergency response agencies and residents in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and other states respond to the impact of recent flooding, CERF+ is reaching out to artists and arts organizations in affected communities to provide emergency relief and useful recovery resources.

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Artists Building a Future in Puerto Rico

Artists Building a Future in Puerto Rico

Over the course of a week, we met with many of our emergency grant recipients each in different phases of recovery – some completely back to work and others whose destroyed homes and studios remain in a state of uncertainty. Many told us that ours has been the only help they’ve received so far. Since the storm struck eight months ago, CERF+ has already provided 42 artist working in craft disciplines $188,100 in grants and interest free loans, making this our second largest response effort after Hurricane Katrina.

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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

This month, Etsy launched the Etsy Disaster Relief Fund for their seller community in partnership with CERF+. By creating this fund, Etsy joins other organizations that have “answered the call” to respond to the unique needs of the creative communities that they serve after disasters. Other recent examples are the Recovery Fund at Creative Sonoma and the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund which was created in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Each of these important efforts helps to broaden the safety net for artists and creatives and, as a result, we are heartened to see the Artists Safety Net growing!

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