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This work...

  • 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.

Arts equity and opportunity the focus of latest work by Creative County

Originally distributed in Salem News Artists will always make art. They will forever paint, play music, dance, create stories, and bring those stories to life on stage. But now more than ever before, artists and arts and culture organizations – smaller ones with...

Free Artist Financial & Business Online Workshops – Spring 2022

Essex Spring 2022 Online Artist Workshops Assets for Artists  January 7, 2022 ““I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the curriculum for these seminars. The quality of instruction is fabulous, both in terms of relevant content, organization,...

2022, 2023, & 2024 Artists’ Row Call for Creatives in Salem MA.

SALEM, MA – The City of Salem is pleased to announce a call for creatives for the Public Artist in Residence Program for 2022, 2023, and 2024 and openings for creatives to occupy the stalls on Artists’ Row for the 2023-2024 tenancy. Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Salem...

“The Alchemy of Grief” Invites Public to Reflect, Create & Heal 

PEG Center for Art & Activism Launches Next Community Art Project for February “The Alchemy of Grief” Invites Public to Reflect, Create & Heal  Newburyport, MA, December 21, 2021 – The PEG Center for Art & Activism recently revealed murals based on the...

Andover Choral Society: A Virtual Holiday Concert 2020

If you enjoyed the video, consider a donation to Andover Choral Society This video includes performances by the Andover Choral Society, Michael Driscoll, director, and selections from its members. Three performances (Jingle Bells, Mary's Little Boy Child, Silver...

The importance of creative spaces with Y-Bình Nguyễn

Narration by Y-Bình Nguyễn Animation by Wil Renderos, Audio Chemists Creative County Initiative... CREATES a regional voice for arts, culture, and creative expression in Essex County. PROMOTES transformative community and economic development. ELEVATES arts and...

Light the Falls Holiday celebration

Photo by Mary Ellen Deangelo Lombari Light the Falls is the first event for Merrimack Valley that focuses on bringing diversity, inclusion, technology, and the arts together. Be a part of celebrating the community holidays in this historical location in the heart of...

New Exhibition at PEM Celebrates the Creative Collaboration of two Contemporary Indigenous Artists

  via Peabody Essex Museum The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents an exhibition of two internationally-renowned contemporary Indigenous artists who view creativity as a boundless process that connects each of us. Marie Watt, an enrolled citizen of the Seneca...

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras Presents A Winter Concert

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, 130 High St., Ipswich, MA IPSWICH, MA – 23 November 2021– The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra's returns to the concert stage for the first time since March 2020 with A Winter Concert on Sunday,...
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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 creative system 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.