Mission: To provide artists in the craft disciplines with a safety net that allows them to build strong, sustainable careers.
About the Organization: Launched in 1985 by artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort, CERF+ is focused on safeguarding the livelihoods of craft artists nationwide. The organization's core services include education programs, advocacy efforts, network building, and emergency relief; the latter includes grants, loans, and in-kind support.
Current Programs: CERF+'s education and training programs provide expert strategies focused on artists' studio and professional practice, professional development programs, technical assistance, and coaching. Presentations and workshops are offered on-site, as webinars, or in combination. The organization's advocacy efforts include Arts Advocacy Day, an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., focused on persuading Congress to support legislation that promotes the arts and passing health insurance for artists, while its research includes surveys and data analyses related to craft trends, sales and income, insurance, and emergency preparedness and recovery. Resources and tools for sustaining careers include information on studio and business practices, marketing, legal issues, financial management, and ensuring a legacy.
The organization's emergency preparedness programs helps artists protect their studios and careers, while its emergency relief program provides direct assistance as well as help from government and other agencies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CERF+ has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund and is offering assistance to artists suffering severe health impacts from the virus.
Website: Visitors to the CERF+ site can learn how to get ready, get relief, and get connected in order to safeguard and sustain their careers and studios; how to get involved; and/or how to support the organization's work. They also can browse artists' stories, peer insights, or how-to advice on studio safety and health.
Funding: CERF+ is supported by foundations and individuals as well as program fees.