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.
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