CERF+ News is a printed newsletter containing helpful tips for craft artists; and news about CERF+ and our supporters. CERF+ News is mailed to contributors twice each year, in February and August.

PDF versions of past newsletters are available here:

Aug | Sept 2015

August, 2015

The Artist's Role in Recovery, New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Interviews with Mary Len Costa and Rashida Ferdinand. Photos: Evacuspots sculptures and Rashida Ferdinand's "Mandala." Using a Ladder Safely. CERF+ Partners with AAW. Photo Essay: North Bennet Street School, CERF+ 2014 Biennial Report.

February 2015

February, 2015

"CERF+ Celebrates 30 Years of Service," "Advocating for a Better Safety Net in the Arts Sector," "Emergency Relief Assistance Program," "Convergence 2014 - Handweavers Guild of America," "Celebrating Jane Sauer at SOFA Chicago," "CERF+ Welcomes John Haworth and Jules Polk to Its Board."

August 2014

August, 2014

"Making Pots and Saving Lives, a Conversation with William E. Strickland Jr.," "Walking the Tightrope at NCECA," "CERF+ Presents at National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Conference," "Corning Grant Facilitates Completion of CERF+ Videos," "Collectors of Wood Art - Supporting the Studio Wood Art Movement."

February 2014

February, 2014

"Are You Covered? CERF+ Study Shows Most Artists Still at Risk," "Tips for Getting Good Business Insurance Coverage," "CERF+ Training Session Advances Career Protection Curriculum," "CERF+ Expands Online Collection of Artist-to-Artist Videos," "CERF+ Extended Emergency Relief - Business Insurance Assistance Program"

August 2013

August, 2013

"Affordable Care Act. What It Means For You,"  "Enhanced Insurance Listings on Studio Protector Website," "Advocating for Artists Before Congress," "CERF+ Biennial Report: Working Together to Keep Artists Working," "CERF+ Receives Generous Support from CODA"

February 2013

February, 2013

"'The Wet Is Gone. So I'm Moving On,' Artists Rebuild Studios, Businesses & Lives in Sandy's Wake,"  "Sustaining Craft Careers: A Nationwide Study," "Our Studio Protector Site Expands Access to Business Insurance Information," "Foundation Backs Our Preparedness Work," "Artists Make Grand Gesture At Grand Central Holiday Fair"

August 2012

August, 2012

"CERF+: Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery," "Responding to Crisis Through Art," "How Health-Care Reform will Affect You," "Great Resources in New Business Insurance Guidebook," "Our Revamped Booth-Fee Raffle a Big Success at ACC Show"

February 2012

February, 2012

"How Getting Covered Is Getting Better: An Artist's Guide to Health Insurance and Health Care Reform," by Jim Brown, National Director of Health Services at The Actors Fund; Check Out Our New Business Insurance Guidebook; CERF+ Launches New Website; Introducing New Preparedness Resources; Something For Everyone: Independent Fundraisers Make a Difference

August 2011

August, 2011

"It Seemed Like the Thing to Do," Taking A Creative Response to a Terrible Experience; Preparedness: Building a Pilot Network; "Hope for Hope," After a Hit-and-Run an Artist Sees the Caring Side of a Community; CERF+ Board Meets In New Orleans; First craftNEWYORK a Big Success

CODA Review 2011: Craft Artists, Income, and the U.S. Economy

June, 2011

A review of the U.S. economic impact of craft artists who sell what they create. The review summarizes currently available craft artist economic research, evaluates economic impact where possible, and suggests a plan for further research.

February 2011

February, 2011

A Conversation about CERF+ Today; New Insurance Plans for Craft Artists; New Trustees - Donald Clark, Christine Robb, & Felicia Shaw; 25th Anniversary Weekend & Planning Session at Snow Farm; CERF+ Events Around the Country.

September, 2010

September, 2010

Celebrating a Quarter Century; CERF+ Name Change; New CERF+ Video produced by Craft In America; Studio Protector web site launch; CERF+ in Santa Fe, New Orleans, Chicago, and Philadelphia .

February, 2010

February, 2010

A Career-Threatening Vulnerability: Survey Findings Show Artists' Need for Affordable Business Insurance; Studio Protector Debuts in Washington, DC; Creative Leadership Award to Joan Mitchell Foundation; 25th Anniversary Stories; Returning to New Orleans.

August, 2009

August, 2009

Unveiling the Studio Protector - For your Work, Your Portfolio, Your Peace of Mind; CERF receives National Impact award from CODA; Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant for work on Safety Net; Actors Fund's Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center; CERF in St. Paul, Phoenix, Washington, DC, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City.

February, 2009

February, 2009

Creativity in Challenging Times: Artists share strategies for recessionary renaissance; Studio Protector Enters Final Design Phase; A Tip of the Hat miniature collection; CERF board meets in San Antonio.