creative county initiative


& connectivity

ECCF is committed to helping artists and organizations reach new audiences, grow financial support, and connect with each other through consistent, data-driven communications on the value of a vibrant creative ecosystem.

    Our Commitment

    Through 2022, ECCF will invest $200,000 in:

    • to connect artists, organizations, and consumers.
    • New communications strategies to amplify the value of arts and culture in our region.
    our goals for communications and connectivity
    • Inspire public appreciation for the arts by increasing the visibility of and accessibility to local experiences.
    • Support local artists and organizations by increasing attendance at their events and experiences.
    • Enable collaboration within the arts community by providing a place to connect and share resources.


    A regional online calendar allowing artists and arts and cultural organizations to promote their events and experiences, share resources and information across the arts community and so much more.

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

    arts and culture

    creative county news

    Celebrating five years of Creative County

    Live performances, inspiring speakers and a $2 million funding announcement top the 2022 Essex County Arts and Culture Summit By Michelle Xiarhos Curran When the beat dropped during Ana Masacote’s high-energy salsa performance at the 2022 Essex County Arts &...

    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

    Karen Ristuben headshot

    Karen Ristuben

    Program Director
    Creative County Initiative

    community voices

    “A unified platform to highlight and showcase the ever-growing creative industries is essential to the overall growth and sustainability of arts and culture in Essex County. A simplified approach to listings and information is an essential piece in consumer awareness and taps directly into the economic engine of the creative economy.”

    John Andrews, Owner, Creative Collective

    how can we help?

    We would love to hear from you.

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    1. 175 Andover Street, Suite 101
      Danvers, Massachusetts 01923