May 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


NOTE: This workshop has been postponed. Please check back later for more information.

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm each day for the workshop.

While we’re still navigating the emergency of COVID-19, we also know that emergencies don’t take turns. What can you do to withstand and survive a career-threatening emergency and be more ready and resilient as an artist? Join CERF+ and fellow artists in this interactive two-part online workshop for information and resources so you can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises both big and small. Learn about the non-profit organization CERF+, conducting a risk assessment, studio safety, disaster and emergency preparedness, documentation and safe storage, business insurance, and key actions to take to protect your career. You’ll have an opportunity to share what has worked for you and what has been challenging in the past year, and you’ll come out of this workshop with your own plan for a ready and resilient career.

This free workshop is being presented by the Vermont Arts & Culture Disaster and Recovery Network (VACDaRN).  VACDaRN builds relationships among people involved with arts and cultural heritage. VACDaRN provides resources and training in readiness and in how to respond in the event of an emergency to mitigate the impact of disasters and ensure that our communities recover quickly and grow more resilient.

Register on Zoom

*The workshop will be recorded and posted on the VACDaRN website after the event if you are unable to attend.

Closed captioning will be provided for this workshop.
We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations that you need to facilitate your participation in the workshop. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made two weeks prior to the event. Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator, with questions about access. She can be reached by sending an email to Michele Bailey or by calling 802.402.4614 Voice and relay calls welcome.


About Carrie: Since 2008, Carrie Cleveland has participated in all aspects of CERF+’s work to help artists have resilient careers, from counseling artists seeking assistance to spearheading fundraising appeals to teaching emergency preparedness workshops across the United States and territories. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with extensive work in the visual arts, from Marlboro College and prior to her time at CERF+ she spent several years living in New York City where she was an entomologist’s assistant by day and a tenor saxophone player by night. In addition to her work at CERF+, Carrie is a student of Facilitated Communication, an alternative communication method to support people with disabilities; and she is also a beginning metalsmith.

About CERF+: CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net, a national non-profit based in Montpelier, Vermont now in its 36th year, has become a “go-to” service organization both for emergency assistance (for personal or natural disasters) and for information and resources about sustaining a creative career through its ups and downs.  Our financial and educational program services have expanded to meet the ever-evolving needs of professional artists at all phases of their careers. CERF+ began as the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, a modest, grass roots mutual aid organization and has grown into CERF+, now providing emergency grants of $3,000, brokered assistance from suppliers and manufacturers and other businesses to artists working in craft disciplines. CERF+ also provides a strong complement of information resources and educational training opportunities to help all artists prevent or mitigate loss and safeguard careers.