Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As you know, the mid-south region is just taking count of the
devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The Craft Emergency
Relief Fund (CERF) is working to connect with the craft artists,
galleries and others in the craft community in the affected areas but
it is still too early to know how they fared. We do know that overall
the damage is severe and widespread, as news reports show. We also
know that this region of the country has a particularly high
population of craft artists.
CERF is committed to helping and to keeping you informed about the
ways in which you can help. To facilitate in this effort, we have
created a Disaster Recovery Message Board on our web site:
www.craftemergency.org. If you know a craft artist who needs help
and/or if you can offer help (financial support, supplies, equipment,
a place to stay or work, advice, encouraging words, etc.), please
join in this discussion.
CERF’s Disaster Relief Fund, interest-free loan programs and staff
are prepared to respond to professional craft artists who have
suffered significant losses. Please help us get the word out about
the availability of our assistance as well as our need for the
community’s support at the time.
With warm regards,
The mission of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund is to strengthen and
sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States.