New Emergency Relief Guidelines for Folk + Traditional Artists
For over 30 years, CERF+ has provided emergency relief to artists working in craft disciplines who have experienced a career-threatening emergency. In an effort to assist more artists working in craft disciplines whose work is rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of their community, CERF+ has developed guidelines that specifically address the needs of folk and traditional artists.
Folk and Traditional artists applying for CERF+ Emergency Relief under these alternate guidelines must have had a recent, serious emergency, but the eligibility guidelines don’t focus on a “career” or a “business.”
Applicants must document an ongoing history of handmade objects that embody the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) definition of folk and traditional arts by providing a statement about the artistic tradition they have practiced over the years. Photos of their artwork as well as completing our application are also required. A quick reference guide that describes this new emergency assistance category is available here.
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