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We saw firsthand the effects of the devastating 2016 wildfires on the area’s artists and craftspeople. ‘Ready + Resilient’ is an opportunity to bring artists together to learn more about protecting their careers, art and lives – and to gather as a community to move forward.

Bill May

Executive Director, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts


Ready + Resilient is a free program for studio artists to learn how to strengthen their careers, prepare for emergencies and get back on their feet after challenges. The event marks one year after Sevier County’s devastating wildfires that affected hundreds of artists in the area.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm; Reception: 5:00-7:00pm
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Free! Registration is recommended as space is limited to 100 participants. Lunch + reception included.

Ready + Resilient is presented by CERF+, the Artists Safety Net in partnership with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Zinc Insurance.


  • Recognizing community leaders in Gatlinburg’s recovery since the wildfires
  • Guest speakers and sessions on topics critical to artists’ livelihoods including:
    • Managing Risk + Studio Safety
    • Business Thinking + Planning
    • Intro to Branding + Marketing
    • Building an Online Presence
    • Career Protection + Insurance Coverage
    • How to Photograph Artwork
    • Documentation + Safe Storage of Artwork
    • And more!
  • Resources + information about grant opportunities and tools available
  • Lunch provided
  • EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION: Live music, cocktails + local food


Artists who attend Ready + Resilient will receive:

  • A chance to win a free session with a professional photographer to have their artwork photographed at their home, studio or shop on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Two winners will be announced at the end of the event. Artists must register for and attend the entire program.
  • A Free Pro membership to Orangenius, a comprehensive online platform of tools that takes the guesswork out of the business of art.
  • A copy of CERF+’s Studio Protector: An Artist’s Guide to Emergencies and the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Westfield Insurance Foundation Legacy of Caring Fund in partnership by Zinc.

The event is free but pre-registration is recommended as spaces are limited. Register at
For more information, contact [email protected].

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