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A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

Arturo Acosta always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. The Dominican-born chef, who spent much of his career in Chile, made that dream a reality in July of 2018 when he opened Japú in Lawrence. It was a risk, he says, introducing the concept of Nikkei – a fusion of Peruvian ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques – to the local food scene.

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Essex County Creative Economy to Get Boost from State Grant

ECCF-led virtual platform will distribute and promote region’s digital creative content Essex County’s cultural organizations and artists will soon have a powerful tool to aid in their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $230,000 grant from the...

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Arts in Crisis: Huge Losses Signal Need for Collaboration to Recover

Arts in Crisis: Huge Losses Signal Need for Collaboration to Recover

Published in North of Boston Business March 24, 2021
They were the first to close and will be among the last to fully reopen. Theaters, performance venues, live music spots, museums and galleries: they make our communities more vibrant, they help drive the local economy, and they serve as epicenters of creative expression, cultural representation and togetherness.

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Lights, History, Agriculture! ECCF Funds Six New Public Art Projects

Merrimack Valley photographers, writers and people seeking calm have probably found themselves at some point on the edge of the Spicket River in Methuen, where Essex County’s only natural waterfall – which once powered 19th century textile mills – drops 100 feet and tumbles over a bed of rocks on its way to the Merrimack in Lawrence.

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Creative County Monthly Meet Ups

Creative County Initiative Monthly Meet Ups Hosted by Karen Ristuben, Program Director for the Creative County Initiative and John Andrews, founder of Creative Collective MA These monthly Meet Ups are a casual opportunity to meet your creative peers for both open...

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You…your community…your stories!

You…your community…your stories!

Merrimack Valley: Place and Meaning 2020 is an opportunity to reflect upon and map those spaces, places, and activities that you value – and where you find community, culture, and connection.

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ECCF Announces Arts Grant Recipients and Additional Funding

Danvers, MA — Essex County Community Foundation announced today that it is once again processing grant applications to the Essex County Artist Fund and the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program. The funds, established in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, are part of ECCF’s Creative County Initiative (CCI) to support Essex County’s creative ecosystem

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North Shore Conversations w/ Stratton Lloyd & Karen Ristuben

North Shore Conversations w/ Stratton Lloyd & Karen Ristuben

Thank you to North Shore Alliance for hosting ECCF’s COO and VP for Community Leadership, Stratton Lloyd, and Creative County Initiative Program Director, Karen Ristuben, on its weekly show, North Shore Conversations, to talk about the effects of COVID-19 on arts organizations and what the Creative County Initiative has done in response.

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Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program

Danvers, MA — In the first week of the Coronavirus crisis, Massachusetts’ nonprofit cultural organizations reported a loss of $55.7 million from event cancellations, layoffs, and venue closures. As this health crisis continues, the future of these organizations – which helps bring our communities to life – is becoming direr. Today, to support the nonprofits that inspire and lift us up, Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is announcing the creation of the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program (the program).

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