Through our emergency relief assistance program, CERF+ provides direct services to artists working in craft disciplines facing career-threatening crises. We also engage in a variety of outreach activities that help us serve a much larger population of artists and benefit the greater craft community. For these educational, research, and advocacy initiatives, we often collaborate with organizations within and beyond the craft field.

Educational Programs

Since 2010, CERF+ has been developing new training opportunities and information tools on emergency planning and business insurance targeted to arts professionals who teach or provide services to studio artists.

Reports & Findings

CERF+ conducts and disseminates research surveys that document the impact of our emergency relief assistance, key economic and demographic factors about the careers of artists working in craft disciplines, and trends and needs within the craft field.


CERF+ both undertakes public awareness campaigns within the crafts community and provides a voice for artists working in craft disciplines in government and public policy issues relating to emergency relief, readiness, and sustaining a career in the arts.

Photos (L-R): Craig Nutt, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Buyers Market of American Craft