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: Ana Masacote – Lynn
Learn more: @anamsacote.com
Creative Practice: I am an award-winning Afro-Latin dance specialist and womanpreneur. I have spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across five continents as founder of Dance to Power, an online Afro-Latin dance academy, and co-founder of Masacote Entertainment, an internationally-renowned dance company. I am also the director of Yo Soy LOLA, a movement to reclaim the Latina narrative through artistic platforms and a scholarship initiative for Latinx MA artists, and producer of DespeloteX, working to make Afro-Latin dance more LGBTQ inclusive.
Artist Statement: I passionately believe that through dance, we can facilitate social change within communities. I believe in making the journey easier for others like me: Latinas, queer women, and women of color. I strive to establish better networks and platforms that uplift communities and foster inclusivity. While I’m at it, I try to dance a little joy into the world around me.
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