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: Betsy Miller – Salem
Creative Practice: I am a dance artist, educator, and facilitator based in Salem, MA. My choreography blends improvisational practice, ritual, athleticism, and theatricality through collaborative practices with other artists. In the past two years, my work has centered on the american / woman project: a multi-year national endeavor in which I collaborate with a woman artist in each state of the country. During this time, my work has been presented at Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), Salem State University (Salem, MA), Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), Crossing Water Festival (Beverly, MA), Salem Arts Festival (Salem, MA), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), MAGMA (Gloucester, MA), and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA).
Artist Statement: My work is currently centered on facilitating meaningful creative and performance opportunities for underrepresented women dance artists, and platforming their artistry, as well as organizing high-quality dance performance that is free to the general public.
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