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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.

Ipswich Illumination begins in October

Ipswich Illumination celebrates beauty & community with bonfires, dance, open-air art market, projections, poetry, live music & more  Ipswich, MA - September 2022 The Town of Ipswich in partnership with Creative County Initiative (CCI) are proud to present...

Bread and Roses Labor Day Festival in Lawrence

Bread and Roses Labor Day Festival September 5, 2022  Campagnone Common, Lawrence, MA  The 38th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival will take place from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Labor Day, September 5, 2022. As the region’s only Labor Day festival, we honor...

Social Media Marketing 101 for Artists and Small Creative Businesses

Sometimes it can be hard to take the first steps towards marketing yourself and your small creative business. Some measures are simple and only involve creating a social media account; others, such as building and keeping relationships, can be more challenging.  But...

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series

Mike Monaghan Jazz Quintet at MAC this Saturday and Beantown Swing Orchestra swings on Sunday Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series (MAC) welcomes two MAC newcomers this weekend, the Mike Monaghan Jazz Quintet on Saturday evening followed by the Beantown Swing...

Folly Cove Fine Art Opens Joseph McGurl and Past Masters, July 15th

Rockport, MA - Folly Cove Fine Art is pleased to announce Joseph McGurl and Past Masters, opening July 15th. The exhibition celebrates the work of a contemporary artist designated as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center. The exhibition displays Joseph McGurl’s...

Hillyer Festival Orchestra “Pops” concert at Maudslay Arts Center

Hillyer Festival Orchestra “Pops” concert at Maudslay Arts Center -The Alex Minasian Jazz Quartet swings on Saturday night Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series (MAC) favorite The Hillyer Festival Orchestra and MAC newcomer the Alex Minasian Jazz Quartet join the...

Where to post your Arts and Culture Events online in 2022

Live painting sessions, art classes, pop-ups, meetups, readings, creative shows, gallery openings, concerts and performances, and vendor fairs are important parts of a working artist’s or creative organization’s event repertoire. Yet, with so many events happening all...

Amanda Carr opens Maudslay Arts Center

Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series (MAC) favorites vocalist Amanda Carr and New Black Eagle Jazz Band open the 29 th season, followed by a full line-up of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts featuring something for every musical taste from Big Band...

Manship Artists Residency presents CODA

Manship Artists Residency is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a nonprofit artists residency that has served 350 artists, including members of the cast and crew of CODA, since purchasing the summer residence and studio of sculptor Paul Manship in 2017. Called...

Lawrence Festival of the Arts – Festival de las Artes en Lawrence

A celebration of performing and visual arts in Lawrence, MA On July 9, 2022, 11 AM to 8 PM at 50 Island Street, The Lawrence Festival of the Arts will host a performing and visual arts festival for the community of Lawrence and surrounding areas. After two years of...
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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.