The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Amaryllis Lopez – Lawrence
Learn more: elevatedthought.org/amaryllis
Creative Practice: For the past five years, I have created and facilitated poetry workshops for and in the Lawrence community. A lot of these workshops I facilitate are intergenerational, bilingual, and free to the community. I also recently started a part-time position at Elevated Thought as a Program Director to help support youth-led events and curriculum building.
Artist Statement: As an Afro-Puerto Rican poet, my work explores themes of womanhood, colonialism, and Blackness. I truly believe in the transformative powers that poetry, film, and counternarratives provide communities whose histories have been written by those who have oppressed them; creating is an act of resilience that rejects those accounts and amplifies our truths.
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