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: Elaina Vrattos Jacobs – Manchester
Learn more: elainavrattosjacobsartistist.com
Creative Practice: I have been working as an Artist, Singer, Actor, Face Painter and Balloon Twister among many other things for over 20 years. As well as freelancing, I operate a company called, Big Smile Entertainment which helps connect artists and performers with people looking for entertainers and artists of all backgrounds, many are non profits and over 55 communities.
Artist Statement: As a freelance artist, I work as a Face Painter, Balloon Artist and Vocalist performing or working as an artist for 55 and over Communities, Non Profits and Children and Youth organizations daily and my company provides additional artists and performers to these locations as well. This past year, I connected 175 different artists with performance and artist jobs; providing jobs to other artists and helping connected these communities and organizations with as much talent, as I can, per month.
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