Because the arts bring communities to life.
With $160K of support from ECCF’s Creative County Initiative, the Essex County Creative Nonprofit Resiliency Grant Program succeeded in helping forty-seven creative nonprofits weather the early economic devastation of COVID-19, and the CCI creative network continues to grow and strengthen as a result. The Essex County Artist Fund remains open for individual artists economically affected by COVID-19.
The most immediate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is the loss of connection with our audience. Since mandatory closure, the History Center has incurred the loss of visitation to the museum and research library, all school programs were canceled for this school year, all public programs canceled for the foreseeable future, and the future of summer programs is unknown. In addition to program losses, donations are down, our annual spring fundraising event has been canceled, and our fall fundraising event is in jeopardy. All work has been disrupted. For the first two weeks, inexperienced staff struggled to set up remote access to servers and bookkeeping software. Now that we are four weeks into the closure, the staff is actively taking on new challenges and the steep learning curve of switching to all online communications, services, and programming. Project loss of earned program revenue for March through June 2020 is $4,000. The projected loss of contributed income is $20,000. Actual losses began in March when public programs were canceled. Between canceled public programs, scheduled school programs, and drop-in contributed income actual losses to date total of $3,500.
Non-Profit: Andover Center for History and Culture – Andover
Learn more: andoverhistoryandculture.org
Mission: The History Center’s mission is to gather and share the stories of Andover to preserve the past, educate for the future, and connect with our community. The stories the Center collects and shares reflect our shared human experience. Through collaborative programming with cultural partners in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence – three communities that all share a common history – the History Center is able to serve vulnerable populations in our region.
For example, in times of crisis, people often look to history for perspective, precedent, and reflection. A lot of parallels are being made to the Influenza epidemic of 1918. While staff is working remotely, we are researching local response to the 1918 epidemic. Then, as now, the response is regional. A grant will allow us to continue this research and share it with our regional cultural partners for future programming, whether virtual or in person.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation