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.
Friday, March 13 was the last day we opened to the public. All EAC core staff continues to work remotely now. We are pivoting to produce online art classes and a fundraiser to generate revenue to keep EAC afloat during this very stress-filled time. We ended our winter session early, offered the refund of that tuition to students, and also paid our faculty for the full session — so many are in precarious situations now that their gig jobs have ended. We canceled our scheduled spring courses that would have started on April 20th. We are starting to roll out the online classes for adults and youth and will soon be offering Lawrence youth art classes at no cost (still we’ll be paying our teachers to generate that content.) We’re postponing our June 4th New Paint fundraiser which was expected to net $52,000, hoping to have it in the fall. Our current actual loss of revenue is around $18k with a projected loss of $50k. However, these numbers are dependent on when we can reopen and begin programming in our facility, whether we can generate revenue through online classes and online fundraising, and whether we can have our gala fundraiser in the fall before the end of our fiscal year which is September 30.
Non-Profit: Essex Art Center – Lawrence
Learn more: essexartcenter.org
Mission: Essex Art Center inspires and sustains lifelong growth and learning for a diverse community of artists in Greater Lawrence. Our classes, events, and exhibitions harness the power of art to transform lives.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation