A blog sponsored by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Sharing news and information about the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Quilt Index, the MSU Museum's traditional arts activities, Great Lakes traditional artists and arts resources, and much more. Development of content for this blog supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Emergency Relief Guidelines for Folk and Traditional Artists from CERF+

courtesy the CERF+ website
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund+ has announced new guidelines for folk and traditional artists. Read more below:
For over 30 years, CERF+ has provided emergency relief to artists working in craft disciplines across the nation 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.

1. 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.”

2. Applicants must document an ongoing history of handmade objects that embody the National Endowment for the Arts’ 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.

Please help us spread the word to raise awareness of this grant by forwarding this announcement to folk and traditional artists, arts agencies, program staff, organizations, funders and others.  The full guidelines and application are at https://cerfplus.org/craft-emergency-relief-fund.

CERF+ envisions a future where working artists thrive and have a safety net of resources and support to protect and sustain their livelihood, studio and art. CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985.  CERF+ has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide.

CERF+ is readiness, relief and resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create. We provide resources + information, education + training, advocacy + research, emergency relief, emergency readiness + career protection tools.

For more information, contact:
Les Snow, Program Manager
 If you are, or if someone you know is, a traditional artist in need of financial assist due to an emergent situation, consider applying for aid from CERF+.