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.
LuminArtz has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a direct result of the crisis, LuminArtz has lost its state earmark of $100,000 for 2020. In the past, we’ve received earmarks of $50,000 in 2017, and $100,000 in both 2018 and 2019. This funding enabled us to provide projects for Cape Ann, to invest in projectors and lenses, and to do pop-up projections throughout Essex County, as well as supporting Boston’s annual ILLUMINUS festival. We have also been delayed in receiving our other grant monies, including our approved application process for the Creative County Initiative. Opportunities for corporate sponsorships are also scarce in the current climate. Our major 2020 events are scheduled for this Fall and during the Holiday season. This spring is when we need to seek support and plan for these projects. Your resiliency grant will enable us to pay our artists, accountant, and business development positions in order to make these events happen. Our artists in particular need to be paid to provide content and proposals to include in these events. We also need to pay highly skilled production technicians for designing and executing the projections for our events.
Non-Profit: LuminArtz – Gloucester
Learn more: luminartz.org
Mission: LuminArtz produces iconic nocturnal public art events for regional artists, programmers, designers, and architects to display their most innovative and imaginative light art works. We’re deeply engaged in storytelling and sending a message through public art. Our mission is to re-imagine how we honor art, history, and culture, and to promote regional artists who work in the public realm. Our upcoming project in Methuen, “Light the Falls,” supports an economically depressed area and socially vulnerable population by providing a focal point for pride of place and community placemaking.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation