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CERF+’s Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

As of 3/8/2021, CERF+ has provided $667,000 in grant assistance and donated equipment and materials to more than 300 artists in Puerto Rico. 

  • 231 COVID-19 Relief Grants for artists experiencing dire needs related to food, medical, and/or housing insecurities. 
  • 112 Emergency Relief Grants for artists that experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster.
  • 23 Get Ready Grants to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies.
  • Other assistance includes donated goods and materials through our brokered assistance program and one recovery loan from a previous program. 

This important work in Puerto Rico would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our supporters. A special thanks to the Flamboyan for the Arts Fund and GlobalGiving for their ongoing commitment and dedication to our work and the artists we serve.

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“I am and will be forever grateful for the help received. It was fundamental in the process of repairing my workshop after the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Without your help, I would not have made it.

— Franklin Graulau, Ceramic Artist, 2020 Earthquakes, Ponce, Puerto Rico

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“Hurricane Maria was rough. We lost power. Food was scarce. Maria destroyed and wrecked my tools. I almost lost them all. CERF+'s help has been extremely important. I have been able to move forward and will continue thanks to the help that is coming in."

– Aurelio Cruz, Luthier, Hurricane Maria, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, photo courtesy of Flamboyan Arts Fund

Jaime Suarez

"CERF+'s presence in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria, through the ongoing earthquakes and the COVID-19 Pandemic, is testimony to their commitment, outreach, experience, and impact in addressing a wide variety of emergencies and situations that craft practitioners can experience. My experience as a CERF+ Board Member has been amongst the most rewarding and educational experiences"

— Jaime Suárez
Ceramist, Sculptor, Architect, Set Designer, Professor, and CERF+ Board Member

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"The aid that CERF+ has given our artisans and craftsmen in Puerto Rico has been fundamental in their recovery from the disaster brought about by Hurricane Maria. With the aid given by CERF+, they were able to repair homes, studios, buy materials, tools, and generators to begin working again."

Zulma Santiago, Cultural Consultant, Puerto Rico