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Like many of you, we have been carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and are making adjustments in our daily lives to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from the virus. Our thoughts are with the artist community, many of whom are dealing with canceled shows, exhibitions, and conferences. It’s challenging to live with so many unknowns and lost income.

After consulting with our staff and partners, CERF+ decided to suspend all workshops, gatherings, and staff travel until further notice. Further, our staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. As an organization that is dedicated to practicing and promoting safety, we feel this is the responsible action to take in order to ensure that we do not further the transmission and spread of the virus.

More than ever, CERF+ emergency financial relief assistance is going to be a critical safety-net for those artists who contract the virus. Please help us be at the ready with your support by making a donation today.

CERF+ is committed to providing artists with the information they need to sustain their careers. As such, we will be sharing resources and opportunities over the next few weeks ahead related to navigating these times. With this message, we offer some basic information, including how to protect yourself.

From the Centers for Disease Control:

You can find your local health department here.

CERF+’s page on business continuity helps artists think through risk scenarios and has links to resources on business emergency and continuity plans, including Open for Business’ robust suite of documents.

The Event Planning Alliance’s webinar recording of “Preparing Your Organization for the Corona Virus Disease Outbreak” is available here.

Americans for the Arts published a list of ways the arts and culture community can prepare here.

ArtsReady’s communication is available here.

Johns Hopkins is mapping cases internationally. Their map, along with statistical data about cases, can be found here.

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