Fiber artist, Somiko Harrington and her family evacuated their first floor home and work studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as Hurricane Irma was churning up the coast of Florida. They had made plans to evacuate until the storm was completely over. When she returned several days later, she was faced with significant flooding and damage in her home and studio. Although Somiko had been through several hurricanes in Florida, she had never experienced anything like this before.
Glass artist Sheri Hargrove has called the beautiful Texas island of Port Aransas her home for more than 12 years. Her shop, Port A Glass has become a well known fixture in downtown Port “A”. Friends describe Sheri as “an incredibly generous human being who would never ask for assistance – instead, Sheri would be the first to give it.” It turns out that Sheri herself would need help when disaster struck this September.
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy impacted many artists who live in Brooklyn, NY. Many, like Golnar, experienced damage or total loss to their studio, artwork, supplies and materials. In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy impacted many artists who live in Brooklyn, NY. Many, like Golnar, experienced damage or total loss to their studio, artwork, supplies and materials.
Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese Glass Artist working in Los Angeles. In 2016, he fell off a ladder and fractured his wrist bones. With a cast on, he was not able to blow glass or make work for 6 months.
“I want to encourage all y’all who find yourselves in need to put aside any feelings of shame and give these caring people a chance to help.”
Upcoming Event: CERF+ Panel at AICAD Conference Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Student Success Conference Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:30-4:30pm Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Director of Programs Jenifer Simon...
“I am so grateful to CERF+ for providing artists with a safety net of support including financial support during times of great distress. The resources that CERF+ provides including education are invaluable. CERF+’s thinking is expansive and inclusive and incredibly important.
Wellness for Makers and CERF+ are partnering to learn more about the wellness needs and habits of artists with an active studio practice.
Ceramicist and beneficiary Ben Medansky is rebuilding his business after a devastating fire destroyed his downtown Los Angeles studio last July.
In today’s world, we all need a good safety net – and artists are no exception. As the Executive Director of CERF+ for more than 20 years, I’ve met hundreds of artists working in craft disciplines in need of such support…