CERF+ Responds to Disasters
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund Program is open and we are now accepting new inquiries to help artists facing career-threatening emergencies. Generous supporters answered the call to replenish our fund after an unprecedented year of natural disasters. I want to personally thank every one of you for helping us raise over $350,000.
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.
Irma was my first hurricane, but it certainly wasn’t Key West’s. I moved here five years ago to take the reins at a growing art center, and quickly became attuned to the way storms serve as rites of passage and touchstones for anyone who’s lived through at least one.
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.
CERF+ Responds to Triad of Hurricanes All of us at CERF+ are heartbroken by the significant losses many in our country have endured from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. More than ever, we are committed to providing artists with information and resources they need...
When you’re cleaning out a flooded studio, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to your health and safety.
In our new four-minute video, art conservator, M.J. Davis demonstrates simple PPE for flood cleanup that can minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious injuries and illnesses.
If your home, studio or space has been flooded, please watch our video on DIY Techniques to Prevent a Mold Outbreak to your art work. Mold can develop within 48 hours. Learn more tips on dealing with mold here.
As emergency response agencies and residents from Texas though to the southeastern states and the Caribbean assess and respond to the impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, CERF+ is reaching out to artists and arts organizations in affected communities to provide emergency relief and useful recovery resources.
Thousands of creative entrepreneurs have had their lives and livelihoods severely disrupted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They’ll need the support of neighbors, relief organizations, and the creative community to get back on their feet.