Emergency Planning and Business Insurance for Artists

Cameron Baxter Lewis

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

6:00-7:00 PM (PST)


Emergency Planning and Business Insurance for Artists is an interactive session for artists looking to protect the health and safety of themselves, their studios, and their art businesses. Whether you’re recovering from a recent disaster or looking to prevent one in the future, this training will help you secure your studio and get back to your craft as soon as possible.


  • CERF+ Overview – learn about the history of CERF+ and their programs
  • Risk Assessment – walk through a brief exercise to understand the risks for their practice and prioritize which hazards are most likely to occur.
  • Documentation and Archiving – discuss the importance of documenting and archiving your artwork and what methods make the most sense for you.
  • Business Insurance –gain a greater understanding of the types of business insurance, what to include in a business commentary, and how to select the best provider.
  • Preparedness and Recovery Resources – a brief introduction to CERF+’s studio protector guide to create their own individualized preparedness plan.


Cameron Baxter Lewis is the Director of Grants & Programs at the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+). In this role, he is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of CERF+’s emergency response and readiness grants as well as CERF+ programs. Cameron began his career as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member rebuilding houses in Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname. These experiences inspired him to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. Since that time, he has spent more than 15 years starting programs in disaster recovery zones at organizations including Save the Children, Points of Light, Peace Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and CERF+.  Cameron’s commitment to the field extends beyond his professional roles. He has assumed leadership positions, including Chair of the NVOAD Volunteer Management Committee and Triangle AmeriCorps Alums Chapter. Additionally, he has provided guidance as a subject matter expert on volunteer management for the National Volunteer Fire Council, the Disaster Resilience Roundtable, and FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council.


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