CERF+ Activates Relief Exchange

CERF+ Activates Relief Exchange
The storm is over and roads are cleared, but the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy linger over a wide swath of New Jersey, New York and lower New England. Credit: Liz Roll/FEMA.

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund continues to reach out to the many artists and arts organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy as the organization’s case load grows. The loss of homes, studios, equipment and inventory has been significant, says CERF+ executive director Cornelia Carey, and further complicated for many by toxic waste water clean-up and colder temperatures.

Along with getting emergency grants out to affected artists, CERF+ is providing critical recovery resources to artists on topics including how to apply for FEMA assistance, salvaging damaged art work and post-disaster related legal issues.

Here are some helpful links to know about:

  • CERF+’s Superstorm Sandy Emergency Response page (www.craftemergency.org), a quick reference guide to recovery resources on the CERF+ website, the Studio Protector website and to more regional and local recovery resources.
  • CERF+’s new Artist’s Relief Exchange (http://exchange.craftemergency.org), a place to offer donations of tools, supplies, household items and services to give to Sandy-affected artists (who may also post specific needs).
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts website (www.nyfa.org), with details about its relief fund for artists impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The program is open to literary, media, performing and visual artists residing in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.fema.gov), which provides a wealth of information for U.S. residents about applying for assistance, plus state-by-state as well as local updates on particular areas affected by the storm.