July 18, 2019
Essex Co. Comm. Foundation Grants $300K to 11 Nonprofits

August 5, 2018 — The Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers recently announced it has awarded $300,000 to 11 nonprofit partnerships supporting arts and culture projects from Lynn to Newburyport.

The grants are part of the Creative County Initiative of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), described as a groundbreaking collaboration with the Boston-based Barr Foundation designed to elevate the region’s arts and culture sector and support creative expression and the local creative economy.

“We were so very pleased with the number and quality of applications for our first-ever round of collaborative arts funding,” said Beth Francis, ECCF president and CEO. “These applications demonstrate the need and desire for artists, nonprofits and community leaders to engage and connect through the transformative power of arts and culture.”

The 11 grantees were selected from more than 40 applicants, are as follows:
  • Cabot Performing Arts Center: $16,500 for Transforming The Cabot With Murals, a collaboration with Beyond Walls to install murals to enhance visibility of The Cabot and downtown Beverly as a cultural destination.

  • Elevated Thought Foundation, Inc.: $25,000 for Co-Creating Culture, a public art installation at the Lawrence Library that will celebrate the diverse cultures of Lawrence and will highlight the Library as a cultural convener.

  • Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum: $25,000 for By Skiff and Basket: Clamming in Essex, which will highlight the history of clam harvesting in Essex through the building of a historic clamming skiff with at-risk NEC students, collecting oral histories of Essex boat-builders and leading basket-making workshops for the community.

  • Firehouse Center for the Arts: $30,000 for Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanty Program, through which community members will build four shanties for artists, writers and performers to produce and present work on the Newburyport waterfront to enhance community engagement with and support for the arts sector.

  • Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc.: $28,500 for Sharing the Original Culture of Essex County, which will expand Native American pow-wows to Haverhill, Danvers, and Hamilton for greater engagement and cultural understanding.

  • Montserrat College of Art: $30,000 for Crossing Water: Over, On and Under the Beverly-Salem Bridge, a one-week festival in activated space under the Beverly/Salem bridge with lighting, performances and public art to connect the creative and waterfront communities of Beverly and Salem.

  • Neighborhood Development Associates/Beyond Walls: $28,000 for Our Patio: A Public Parklets Program, four transformable parklets designed to activate underutilized spaces, improve public safety, and engender public discourse at various locations in downtown Lynn.

  • North Shore CDC/Punto Urban Art Museum: $30,000 for Voices of Our Past, The Face of Our Future: Public Art Builds Bridges in El Punto, a collaborative public art initiative that will celebrate the immigrant population of the Point Neighborhood of Salem.

  • Peabody Cultural Collaborative: $28,000 for CuriousCity: A Pop-Up Children’s Museum, an interactive museum of art and industry for families and children in Peabody that will boost local economic development and activate support for a permanent museum.

  • Pentucket Arts Foundation: $29,000 for Hometown, a one-month artist residency for a community tape art project that will engage, unite and strengthen the art sector of the Pentucket communities of West Newbury, Merrimac, and Groveland.

  • Sculpture in Open Spaces: $30,000 for The Switch Rideable Sculpture Park, a fine art sculpture park that will serve as a space for public creativity, designed and constructed by young artist-fabricators on town-owned land in Ipswich.

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