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  • CREATES a regional voice for arts, culture and creative expression in Essex County.
  • PROMOTES transformative community and economic development.
  • ELEVATES arts and cultural experiences that celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across communities.
  • INVESTS in artists and the creative economy in an environment of rapidly changing demographics.
  • CELEBRATES Essex County as a vibrant place to live, work, create and collaborate.

Sea Change: Transforming Our Eco-Future – A Powerful Art Exhibition

An artistic revolution is taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. The PEG Center for Art & Activism has launched its fourth annual environmental art exhibition, "Sea Change: Transforming our Eco-Future." This thought-provoking...

Cape Ann Artisans Tour: Calling for New Talent

After 40 years of connecting art lovers with local artists, the Cape Ann Artisans Tour is expanding! We're seeking fresh talent to join our esteemed group and help revitalize our beloved tour. Who We Are Cape Ann Artisans is a diverse collective of creators,...

Julia Csekö’s “Transcending Borders” on Salem’s Artists’ Row

A Celebration of Immigrant Stories Funded by Creative County 📸 @deborahjkarsonphotography Somerville artist Julia Csekö’s moving installation, “Transcending Borders,” is now on display at Salem’s Artists’ Row. This impactful project, funded by the Creative County...

Fiesta en la Calle: A Celebration of Art and Culture in Lawrence

Mark your calendars for a day of vibrant art, music, and community spirit! Essex Art Center is thrilled to announce its fourth annual block party, Fiesta en la Calle, on Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event promises a colorful showcase of...

Celebrating Youth Creativity: compARTimos Event Recap at La House

On June 13, La House in Lawrence, MA, came alive with creativity and community spirit as the compARTimos team showcased the incredible work of local youth. Funded by the Creative County Initiative Partnership Grant, this event highlighted the power of art in sharing...

Transforming Transit: NEA Grant Boosts Arts and Culture in Essex County

We are thrilled to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $125,000 “Our Town” grant to the Essex County Community Foundation's Creative County Initiative, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, and Merrimack Valley Transit. This generous grant...

Celebrating Khmer Heritage: The Inspiring Journey of Wanntha Sim Chanhdymany and the Cambo Crew

We are thrilled to share the heartwarming and inspiring story of Wanntha Sim Chanhdymany and the Cambo Crew. This passionate group is dedicated to preserving and promoting Khmer heritage through their captivating dance performances. Thanks to a generous $5,000 ALAANA...

Joy Knows No Boundaries: Celebrate Queer Art, Community, and Healing at the Queer Joy Festival

On Saturday, June 29, 2024, queer artists and allies will come together in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for a day of celebration, art, and community at the Queer Joy Festival. This annual pride event, envisioned by Angie Benitez—a queer teacher and administrator at High...

Artists, nonprofit leaders, educators among new cohort of ECCF Creative County ChangeMakers

Artists, nonprofit leaders, and educators among the new cohort of ECCF Creative County ChangeMakers Danvers, MA — Essex County Community Foundation’s investment in a growing group of creative leaders supports a more inclusive and sustainable regional arts and culture...

Unleashing Musical Talent: NMYO’s Symphonic Summer Sessions in Topsfield

Unleashing Musical Talent: NMYO's Symphonic Summer Sessions in Topsfield This summer, the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) is excited to announce its fourth annual Symphonic Summer Sessions, held from July 29 to August 2, 2024, at the scenic Trinity...
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Learn about the creative work happening in Essex County and learn about the people and organizations in our creative ecosystem.

Public art & creative placemaking grants

Funding for new, collaborative placemaking and public art projects.

Cultural planning

Engaging communities in municipal planning that is inclusive of arts and culture.

Capacity building

Opportunities for artists, arts leaders and culture organizations to further their missions, compete in our creative economy, and deepen their community-centered work.

Convenings

Bringing all parts of the sector together to learn, network, inspire and thrive as one united ecosystem. 

Communications and connectivity

Helping artists and organizations reach new audiences, grow financial support and connect with each other.

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"Art inspires us. It spurs us to innovate and drives us to imagine the impossible. Culture grounds us. It connects us to our past, brings us together, and lifts us up."

- ECCF Executive Director Beth Francis

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The work of Creative County ...

  • CREATES a regional voice for arts, culture and creative expression in Essex County.
  • PROMOTES transformative community and economic development.
  • ELEVATES arts and cultural experiences that celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across communities.
  • INVESTS in artists and the creative economy in an environment of rapidly changing demographics.
  • CELEBRATES Essex County as a vibrant place to live, work, create and collaborate.