"I love my work, and every day I strive to leave imprinted, on a piece of wood, my heritage, and our Puerto Rican culture. I thank CERF+ for their unconditional support to artists because they promote our art in hard times."
— José Luis Peña-Burgos – Wood Artist, Hurricane Maria/2019 Get Ready Grant, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, Photo courtesy of the Flamboyan Arts Fund
"I'm grateful to CERF+ for looking out for us artists and craftspeople. It's good to know there is help out in this big world for us!"
— Alex Yerks – Traditional Wood Carver, 2020 COVID-19 Relief Grant, Wingdale, New York
"The COVID-19 Relief Grant was a godsend. Thanks to the grant, I was able to catch up on my gas and light bills, get wood and manure for my pottery, and buy things I needed for my two grandkids that I'm raising. I also had had enough left over to pay a booth fee for one show!"
— Judy Tafoya – 6th generation Tewa Tribe Potter, 2020 COVID-19 Grant, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"I spend hours sitting at my workbench. Posture and bad positioning can take their toll on your body. I used my CERF+ Get Ready Grant to purchase an ergonomic chair to relieve stress on my back while I work!"
— Jennifer Younger – Tlingit Carver/Jeweler, 2020 COVID-19 Grant/2021 Get Ready Grant, Sitka, Alaska