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: Aasma Aziz – Beverly
Learn more: www.aasmasdream.com
Creative Practice: For the past 3 years, Aasma’s Dream work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. We hire women who are domestic violence survivors, raising handicapped children alone, widow and illiterate in Pakistan. We sell their products in the US to help provide them financial independence.
Artist Statement: Aasma’s Dream is trying to help South Asian women by providing job opportunities, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, and an education for their children. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.