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.
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.
“When I awoke at 5am on September 20, the sound of the wind, water and things flying around changed all that. Windows and doors were shaking and water was filtrating through any tiny slit between windows. It was a long, scary day. I was concerned about my family and friends. I spent 110 days without electrical power and 45 days without water. Today, many people still have neither.”
Las becas de emergencia del CERF+ están designadas a brindar ayuda inmediata a artistas calificados que trabajan en diversas disciplinas artesanales (por ejemplo: ebanistas, tejedores, herreros, vidrieros, alfareros, fabricantes de muebles) luego de atravesar emergencias serias.
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.
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...
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