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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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ECCF Invests in Local Artists During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Danvers, MA – Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), which has long supported arts and culture through our Creative County Initiative (CCI), is responding to the severe challenges artists and cultural nonprofits are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is what the foundation expects will be a series of solutions for the creative community that focuses on direct support for our region’s artists. And you can help.

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Creative County Public Art Grant Guidelines Now Available

Creative County Public Art Grant Guidelines Now Available

In the last year in Essex County, we’ve experienced the incredible impact that collaborative public art and creative placemaking has on our communities: an interactive children’s museum in Peabody, a laser and sound installation highlighting the immigrant voices of...

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Arts & Culture Summit Informs, Inspires and Surprises

Arts & Culture Summit Informs, Inspires and Surprises

Michelle Xiarhos Curran Beverly, MA – You could hear a pin drop at The Cabot late Friday morning, Sept. 27, when Gloucester poet Caroline Harvey took the stage to deliver a powerful message about the transformative and essential role of arts and culture in our lives....

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Gloucester Poet’s Powerful Words Bring Down the House

Gloucester poet Caroline Harvey performed this powerful piece, commissioned for the 2019 Essex County Arts & Culture Summit, on Sept. 27, 2019 for the hundreds of arts and culture advocates that came together to collaborate on ways to elevate arts and culture in...

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