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: Celeste Cruz – Lawrence
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Creative Practice: I work as an art curator at a Lawrence based art and social justice nonprofit (Elevated Thought) and bookstore/cafe (El Taller). Through my work at Elevated Thought as an arts educator, I’ve facilitated workshops and developed a curriculum for our after-school and in-school programs. Late January, I began my position as a paid intern with a focus on arts and culture at the Lawrence Public Library. I began work on redesigning the library’s marketing material and developing the art gallery.
Artist Statement: My work explores the experience growing up with intersecting identities, being a child of diaspora and celebrates the Womxn of Color of my community and Black Caribbean culture. Through my work, I honor my people’s stories, stories that have previously been untold and ignored.
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