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5 Ways to Center Disaster Readiness in Your Grantmaking

5 Ways to Center Disaster Readiness in Your Grantmaking

5 Ways to Center Disaster Readiness in Your Grantmaking By: CERF+ Executive Director Ruby Lopez Harper Disaster readiness. I know, no one wants to talk about it. It isn’t “sexy” or “media-worthy.” It isn’t something anyone wants to or has the time or capacity to talk...
Arrowmont Legacy Weekend for Appalachian Arts Administrators

Arrowmont Legacy Weekend for Appalachian Arts Administrators

Arrowmont Legacy Weekend for Appalachian Arts Administrators With fall colors still prominent but just beginning to fade softly past their peak, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts opened its doors November 9-12, 2023 for its final workshop session of the year. For...
Emerging Arts Readiness Program in Puerto Rico

Emerging Arts Readiness Program in Puerto Rico

Emerging Artists Readiness Program in Puerto Rico The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) is excited to announce that we recently concluded our first Emerging Artists Readiness Program in Puerto Rico, thanks to funding from the Windgate Foundation. CERF+ partnered...
Emergency Preparedness: A 4-Step Action Plan

Emergency Preparedness: A 4-Step Action Plan

  New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CEFF+), and National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) join forces to help you protect yourself and your assets before an emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic, along...
Life at Touchstone: The Intern Experience

Life at Touchstone: The Intern Experience

Touchtone Center for Crafts began over 50 years ago as Pioneer Crafts Council and blossomed into a craft school where people come together to learn in a fully immersive  hands-on environment. Occupying over 150 acres in the Laurel Highlands, a scenic rural area near...
The Color Network

The Color Network

In 1991, Bobby Scroggins, Professor of ceramic art at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, attended the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference. There, he recognized that artists of color were significantly...
Sustainability in Craft

Sustainability in Craft

Last year, the majority of the craft artists who sought CERF+’s emergency relief assistance did so after suffering impacts from climate or weather-related emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. As the threat of climate change intensifies across the...
Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths

Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths

The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths (SIBs) formed with the vision to build equity and foster diversity in the field of blacksmithing. Recently, CERF+ staff met with blacksmiths Joy Fire and Elizabeth Belz from the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths. Joy is SIBs’s...
Beyond the Surface: The Art of Michael Billie

Beyond the Surface: The Art of Michael Billie

Michael Billie is an award-winning Navajo mixed media artist who lives in Farmington, New Mexico. He studied art at the University of New Mexico and later took classes in encaustics, but it was only later in life that he became a full time artist. He dove into his art...