As most of you already know CPiF is a cultural association co-founded by Sara Amrhein and Anna Rose both of us working artists here in Florence. In 2013 we started the group with the intention of meeting other artists living and working in the city. In the beginning it was all very casual, an aperitivo here and there to get to the creative community, a series of studio visits, and which grew into exciting collaborations that helped all of us grow our professional portfolios as we started off our artistic careers.
Over the years the group has grown larger and gone farther than we ever expected. Along with that, our own careers also grew in new ways that we most definitely welcomed, but that also required more of our attention. Even though we may not have updated the blog in a while, we have always been here working on projects for our community.
In the next few weeks, we will be announcing a big project that has been in development for a while. We have been hinting at for the past couple of months, and we can’t wait to share it with you.
In the meantime however, we are facing a situation here in Italy that seems pretty surreal to all of us. It has taken over every thought in our minds, caused us to adjust our daily routines, and in many ways brought our city to a halt. While it may be forcing us to slow down for now, we can’t let it stop us or get in the way of our creativity.
We know that many people have had to cancel their trips to Italy this year and that the study abroad students have all been sent home. With this in mind, we are doing our best to find ways to support our local community. One resource that we can offer is an easy to use database with links to the online shops of our members. Shopping small and keeping our artisans going is a great way to support the city through this difficult time–and of course you will also get beautiful handmade products that are truly made in Florence.
In the next few days, we will be working on this new project and we will be doing our best to promote it and share it as much as we can. If you are not able to help through a direct purchase, there are other ways you can help:
-Sharing our Artisan and Designer Directory as much as possible throughout all of your social media channels.
-Follow the social media channels of all the artists and designers on our list, like and comment on their posts as much as possible to help keep algorithms in their favor. You can also follow the Creative People in Florence Instagram page where a different artist from our community takes over our account each week to show us their work and give us a behind the scenes look at their process.
-Finally, you can also make a small donation to our Association. This can be any amount that you feel comfortable with and all funds will be used to support our community and the contemporary arts in Florence. You can do that by becoming a patron on our newly created Patreon page or by clicking the PayPal button below.
Thank you for your support and love of all things Florence and Italy! We all hope to be back on our feet in no time, stronger and better than ever!
As soon as the page is ready we will be sure to share it with you here.