We learned early in the flood recovery process that we weren’t going to recover by ourselves. You start to see yourself as a member of a community, and that the recovery process is community wide. It’s a humbling process because artists are usually self reliant—problem solvers who like to do things on their own.
Thinking about and preparing for disasters and other emergencies takes mental and physical practice, including thinking about who I would call on. I am happy to say I was able to call on CERF+ in this case.
We found out about CERF+ through other artists. People may not realize how much of a physiological lift it is to get a grant.