December 8, 2020

2020 in Photos: Strength and Community with Creative Collective

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It’s the beginning of a new decade and the end of year unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. But that hasn’t stopped small business owners, creative, makers, and community members from coming together to collaborate and care for one another.

Here are some of the moments we were proud to be a part of. All photos are by Creative Collective unless otherwise mentioned.

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle opens at the Peabody Essex Museum, a sibylline commentary on events soon to come. – January
Michael Geery performs at the Burtonesque Hawthorne Masquerade Ball – January
Exquisite costumes at the Burtonesque Hawthorne Masquerade Ball – January
Crowds gather in Colonial Hall for the Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Wine Tasting – February

Crowds cheer during the annual historic reenactment of Leslie’s Retreat – February

Ribbon cutting for the Salem Gnu Kitchen, a shared culinary workspace in Salem – March
Salem Buskers gather for a group photo in Derby Square – February

Posing with Baby Yoda at the Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculpture Festival – February

Nibbling on “Fatties” at the Goodnight Fatty pop up igloo – February

Posing for a photo at the #LivePeabody Pop Up Ice Bar – March

Lowell-based photographer KH Photography designed colorful photoshoots via Zoom – April

Claudia Paraschiv of Studioful Design and Maia Mattison decorate steps for #ChalkArtSaturdays – May

Paintmemedusa poses with her window mural for the Peabody Window Project – May

Erin Survilas installing her mural for the Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam – June

Black Lives Matter protests sweep the nation – June

The North Shore Juneteenth Association raises the Juneteenth Flag in Lynn – June

Knitters for #BLM – June

Maia MattisonAnna DuganKeshia de Leon, and Tia Cole joined together to create one massive mural dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement – July

Filling bags with fresh vegetables at the Salem Farmer’s Market – July

Fish take over the lawn at Hale Farm for Beverly Main Street’s Bass in the Grass – August.

Enjoying projections at the Video/Digital Art Drive-In at the O’Keefe Center at Salem State University – August

Rule of 3 plays a concert on wheels in Beverly – August

Mike Grimaldi of Grimdrops paints the Jersey Barriers outside Bonefish Harry’s in Beverly – August

Local Venues like the Cabot Theatre in Beverly Go Live for #WeMakeEvents – September

Salem’s Sophisticated Psycho reminds everyone to vote. Art by Amanda Beard Garcia and Likemind Design. – October

Decorating wooden houses at Prevent the Cycle in Lynn – October

Haunted Happenings Salem 2020

Scout: Winner of the Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest – October

Sarah Blacker plays a concert on the canal – November

Carrying mural backdrops to their new location at Pioneer Village – December

The staff at Red’s continuing to serve the public safely throughout the Fall and Winter. Photo is part of a new initiative by Destination Salem to celebrate the humans behind what makes Salem so magical!

Salem artist Meg Nichols created a beautiful holiday mural as part of the Salem Winterlude Initiative.
Artist Hailey Bonia creates a mural on the Salem Common for the Salem Winterlude Initiative created by Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective. Supported by Bench Places and the City of Salem…funded by Barr Foundation

Artist Anna Dugan creates a mural on Highland Ave in Salem thanking educators for all their hard work during the crisis and beyond!

If you are a business and are interested in being part of this initiative please visit and sign up for our comprehensive business program!