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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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New Crafting Your Legacy Resource Available

New Crafting Your Legacy Resource Available

CERF+ guide helps working artists plan the ‘afterlife’ of their tools and other studio assets.

No one knows the full story of your artistic career better than you—your artwork, your creative vision, your art-making process, and the professional activities through which you have shared your passion and talent.

To ensure that you have a say in how you are remembered, it is vital to have a plan in place that will serve as a guide to your heirs for protecting and preserving your artistic legacy. These resources can help demystify the work of estate planning—and help break down the tasks into doable steps.

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Happy New Year! Be Well + Make Things

Happy New Year! Be Well + Make Things

Ah, January, a time for starting over, trying new things – trying a new art form, eating better, losing weight, changing behaviors – whatever it is, most of us think of this month as an opportunity for new beginnings.

In addition to the daily yoga practice I’ve taken up in the new year, I’m really excited about a new project at CERF+ that ties in nicely with making resolutions.  Thanks to a partnership with Wellness for Makers, we’re launching educational videos and resources to help artists remain healthy in their studio practice.

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OUR ANNUAL APPEAL IS HERE!

OUR ANNUAL APPEAL IS HERE!

Your gift to CERF+ makes a difference in the lives of artists. Whether by helping them rebuild and restart after a devastating emergency, or given them the tools they need to build strong and resilient careers. Your support is what makes our work possible.

CERF+’s end of year appeal provides that financial footing that allows us, in turn, to be at the ready to help artists find their financial footing. Please help ensure that CERF+ can continue to provide this vital support by making a gift today.

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Heads Up for CERF+’s Annual Appeal!

Heads Up for CERF+’s Annual Appeal!

CERF+’s annual appeal is our most important fundraising event, supporting all of CERF+’s work throughout the year. We depend on its success to deliver our programs and services to artists: much-needed emergency relief assistance and our programs that help artists...

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CERF+ Responds to Recent Disasters

CERF+ Responds to Recent Disasters

We face an unprecedented challenge as we respond to the recent devastating disasters from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in Northern California. To date, we’ve heard from over 100 artists in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

CERF+ has set a fundraising goal of $1 million for our Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to some very generous gifts early on from Windgate Charitable Foundation, Etsy, the sponsors of our recent Molten Glass Magic Show in St Louis and many others, we are close to $300,000 toward that goal.

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How to Find a Studio Space

How to Find a Studio Space

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.

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