creative county initiative

building capacity

ECCF is committed to creating professional development and capacity building opportunities for culture leaders and small and volunteer-run organizations to further their missions and compete in our creative economy.

our commitment

Through 2022, ECCF will invest $250,000 in capacity building training and leadership development in the critical areas of financial management; partnership development; diversity, equity, inclusion and access; marketing; and audience development.

our goals for building capacity
  • Strengthen key areas for organizational sustainability and creative business development.
  • Develop a new network of highly trained artists, cultural leaders, creative entrepreneurs, and designers.
  • Equip creative producers with the tools to manage all aspects of the arts and culture business.

current opportunities

As trainings and workshops are scheduled, details will be posted to our ECCF events page.

past opportunities

Assets for Artists Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Assets for Artists host a series of free recovery-focused financial and business webinars. In partnership with ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, three of the workshops were only open to artists who currently reside in Essex County.

Capitalization and the Financial Health of Nonprofit Organizations

Hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts, this virtual nonprofit capitalization workshop focused on proactively managing your arts and culture organization’s financial health.

2020 free to the creative community workshop series

In early 2020, ECCF offered a series of capacity-building workshops to help artists, arts and culture organizations, and creative entrepreneurs compete in our creative economy. Learn More.

Essex County Artist Webinars for a Post-COVID World

Free crisis-focused financial & business webinars for artists. A partnership with Mass MOCA-based Assets for Artists.

  • The Essentials of Digital Marketing
  • Creative Practice within Virtual Communities 
  • Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty 
  • Online Sales for Craft Artists


ECCF’s Creative County work is powered by the contributions of our generous community.

arts and culture


ECCF Announces Next Cohort of Creative County ChangeMakers

Danvers, MA --- Essex County Community Foundation is excited to announce the second cohort of creative leaders who will participate in the foundation’s Creative County ChangeMakers program, set to begin March 28. Twelve artists, nonprofit and municipal heads will...

New placemaking project helps grow food and community

Creative County supports agriCulture, a new gathering spot in Gloucester By Michelle Xiarhos Curran Nonprofit Backyard Growers built the community garden at Willowood, a Gloucester Housing Authority development, in 2017, and they have managed it ever since. In the...

get in touch

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Karen Ristuben

Program Director
Creative County Initiative

community voices

“All young people should and could have access to wide-ranging, creative, and alternative learning opportunities. By increasing capacity for creative access and exposure for our young people, we are allowing for a more humanizing approach to supporting their futures; empowering them through art in its many forms. What will the world look like when we, as a species, more readily accept the importance and power of creativity?”

– Marquis Victor, Founding Executive, Director of Elevated Thought

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    Danvers, Massachusetts 01923