Giving Back to Artists
When you give art this holiday season, you're supporting artists in more ways than one. A portion of every ornament sale through December 24 will be donated to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), an organization that assists artists in times of crisis.
Since 2003, Artful Home has partnered with CERF+, which for more than 30 years has helped save the careers of hundreds of craft artists—including some we know well. In times of disaster, poor health, and unexpected crises, CERF+ aids artists with emergency relief grants and loans to help them pull through.
We invite you to enjoy your artist-made ornaments—and remember that your purchase helps artists continue to create the work that touches our lives, even when their own lives are complicated by the unexpected.
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A portion of all Artful Home ornament sales go to CERF+
In March 2010, glass artist Tracy Glover's studio was inundated in the largest flood Rhode Island had seen in 200 years. Like many of the people affected by the incredibly rare event, she did not have flood insurance. Enter CERF+.
"CERF+ helped me with grants and loans immediately, which let me set up my business elsewhere," Glover recalls. "The financial assistance held us over until FEMA and the Small Business Administration came through later."
Glover continues, "What's so great about CERF+ is that the people helping you are part of your artistic community. You feel supported by fellow artists. I can't stress enough when you go through this—and I lost eighty percent of everything in my studio—that goodwill like CERF+'s is priceless."
Glover was able to take this devastating event and turn it into an opportunity to refine both her art process and her business. She explains, "The flood happened at the end of March and amazingly, thanks in part to CERF+, I was able to ship my first product as soon as the end of May. I changed the focus of my business model, and really so many positive things came from the experience."
Her new office is on the third floor of a building, well above the water line in case flooding happens again. Plus, she says, "I went from maintaining my own glass furnace to renting time from other studios, which really made me more efficient and productive, and lets me just focus on the glass I'm making."