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.
Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena, states the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Now is the time to understand your hurricane risk and prepare with these tips and resources.
Receiving a CERF+ Get Ready Grant gave silversmith Lynsey Richelle the opportunity to make her shop safer and inspired her to action. In anticipation of the arrival of her new Hakko Fume Extractor to her studio, Lynsey reviewed her workspace looking for ways to make it cleaner, safer and more efficient. Here’s her story.
As we enter another hurricane season tomorrow, I’m writing to share an important announcement and a call for unprecedented need for relief funds.
Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change have exponentially increased the demands on our Craft Emergency Relief Fund to help artists recover from disasters that affect their art and their livelihoods. Since last Fall, we have provided three times more grants and loans than last year – depleting available funds for relief. We have made the difficult and unprecedented decision to put the Emergency Relief Program on hold until we can raise more money to meet artists’ needs. We are currently not taking any applications until we can raise at least $200,000 to reinstate this critical program.