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.
On March 14, 2020, LHC made its first decision to close to the public temporarily. The decision impacted our community in the following ways: • All in-person research requests, tours, and school visits were suspended. • Volunteers were asked to remain home. • Staff began working remotely. • Facilities and collection conditions began being monitored both on-site and remotely via surveillance cameras. At that time, we had a fundraiser scheduled for April 23, 2020 (that has since been postponed until June 18). The event generally nets between $15 – $20,000. If we have to cancel and refund sponsorships/ticket sales, we will lose 10% of our operating revenue. Our summer program is scheduled for June 29 – July 17. We are hoping that current funders will stick with us as we seek alternative methods of reaching students due to extended distancing recommendations. We also have a $110,000+/- elevator replacement project that is now on hold because of the shutdown and required social distancing measures. We have extended the project completion date to June 30 with funders — the MCC Facilities Fund, CDBG, and others – we are very concerned that we may lose this critical funding that took nearly 3 years to secure.
Non-Profit: Immigrant City Archives, Lawrence History Center – Lawrence
Learn more: lawrencehistorycenter.org
Mission: Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people. We primarily serve (residents, researchers, scholars, business, civic and private sector leaders, and students) from Lawrence and its surrounding towns. Lawrence is home to 78,197 residents and is one of the poorest, youngest, and most heavily Latino cities in New England—27% of residents are living below the poverty level, 47% are below the age of 25, 73% are Latino, 74% speak a language other than English at home, and 36% are foreign born. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010) As a leading cultural institution in the city, the Lawrence History Center (LHC) works to create a sense of place and identity for residents who represent new immigrant populations in low-income neighborhoods. We educate residents about their own unique history and work to move them forward, emphasizing the positive and the possibilities for current generations.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation