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: Lynn Museum/LynnArts – Lynn
Learn more: lynnmuseum.org
Mission: In the heart of Lynn’s Arts & Cultural District, the Lynn Museum was founded in 1897 to collect, preserve and illuminate the city’s remarkable history. The museum has evolved into a vibrant cultural center, expanding its footprint to include the LynnArts building at 25 Exchange Street. The Lynn Museum/LynnArts offers changing exhibitions and innovative youth and adults programs which engage and enrich Lynn’s diverse community. The Lynn Museum encourages active participation in exploring the city’s past while shaping a vision for its future.
We offer four free family day programs per year to reach Lynn’s economically vulnerable families, offering activities, story time, special programs, and more. We also offer a regular monthly brown-bag lecture series that is very popular among the senior and retired community of Lynn. Additionally, we partner with Greater Lynn Senior Services on a monthly program for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
One of our biggest programs is History Detectives, an object-based learning program for third grade Lynn Public School (LPS) students, designed to support classroom learning focused on the history of industry in Lynn. A combination of in and out of class visits, for many students this is their first (and potentially only) museum experience. Each student that participates gets an official History Detectives membership card, giving them and their family free access to the museum. With over 75% of LPS students identifying as ethnically diverse, this program is a great resource to engage new and diverse audiences.
Learn more about the Essex County Community Foundation