The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Benjamin Swartz – Ipswich
Learn more: www.benswartz.net
Creative Practice: I am a cellist and teacher. As a performer I’m principal of the Symphony by the Sea here in Essex County, cellist with the Sound Energy trio, and assistant principal of the Marsh Chapel Collegium. As a teacher, I’m on adjunct faculty at Endicott College, Bridgewater State University, and in the Ipswich and Rockport public schools.
Artist Statement: I work in the public school systems in Ipswich and Rockport.