Flamboyan Arts Fund & Cerf+ Artisan Initiative
A partnership to support artisans in Puerto Rico
Flamboyan Arts Fund and CERF+
As part of their objectives to support individual artists, the Flamboyan Arts Fund and CERF+ the Artists Safety Net, a leading organization that supports emergency readiness, response, and recovery for artisans – partnered to support this community of artists on the island impacted by Hurricane Maria.
Hear the stories of various artisans and their struggle to survive during the emergency. How they have maintained their artistic work and their needs and expectations for a better future. At the same time, get to know and admire the exceptional work of each of them their skills, and their creativity.
Hear their voices
The support has brought me a lot of peace of mind. It came to help me when I was in crisis when the whole country was also in a crisis, and I did not know what I would do. It provided me with money to be able to survive those months of such uncertainty.
Ivonne Prats, pottery artisan
We were really in economic limbo for about 6 to 8 months while we started producing again. So, thanks to CERF, we have streamlined the processes to create higher quality pieces for the consumer and greater cultural expression.
Johanna Rocio del Mar, artisan
I concentrated on working and being able to send money here and continue paying all the bills for the house and everything. While working in the United States, I asked myself: what am I doing here in a turkey factory? My finances were not very strong so I had to do it.
José Luis Peña, Wood Carver
The CERF+ grant helped me prepare myself to resolve the electricity issue, which is already in process. It also helped me with all the products or tools to clean the air; the extractors and the air purifiers.