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: Emily Wiswell – Newburyport
Learn more: seacoaststilettos.com
Creative Practice: I created a dance company and beginner heels classes with the mission of being accessible to all body types, ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds. The past two years have been a lot of laying the ground work, creating the classes, traveling with them and leading workshops and we had our first performance March 5th.
Artist Statement: Seacoast Stilettos has the tag line: A Heels Movement- for a reason. I like to think of these classes and our performances as a means of activism. Showcasing an array of body types, ethnicities, and backgrounds- the mission is to express through movement that sensuality is necessary and available to all.
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