September 12, 2019

The Cabot To Host 2019 Essex County Arts & Culture Summit

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Morning plenary session of all-day event to discuss artist resources, cultural planning, placemaking, and public art

(Beverly, MA – September 11, 2019) The Cabot is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the morning portion of the 2019 Essex County Arts & Culture Summit, presented by Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). 

Part of the Foundation’s Creative County Initiative, this annual summit brings together artists, nonprofits, businesses, and the community for a full day of meaningful discussion, workshops, and networking. This year’s event will focus on diversity and inclusion, cultural space development, and the future plans for ECCF’s Creativity County Initiative.

“The Cabot is extremely proud to be both a participant and a host at this year’s summit, and we’re looking forward to sharing this opportunity to learn from and engage with our community,” said J. Casey Soward, Executive Director of The Cabot. “In the same vein as our recent mural project, we’re eagerly looking to learn more about how we can empower the arts community to grow and be more inclusive of all here on the North Shore.”

The all-day event is divided into two portions, with the morning plenary session being held at The Cabot, featuring keynote speakers Jason Schupbach, Kara Elliott-Ortega and David Howse. A networking lunch, workshop sessions, and wine reception will follow in the afternoon portion, to be held at Dane Street Church in Beverly. 

“We are very lucky in Essex County to have so many people that care about the important role arts and culture play in our communities,” said ECCF President and CEO Beth Francis. “The Summit is the perfect opportunity for all of these groups to come together, not only to learn from experts in the field and share ideas, but most importantly to form new collaborative partnerships that can help strengthen the arts ecosystem.”

Tickets can be found at Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, wine reception and resource materials. As space is limited, early registration is recommended.

2019 Arts & Culture Summit – Friday, September 27th

The Cabot, 286 Cabot St. Beverly

  • 8AM – 9AM: Registration & breakfast
  • 9AM – 12PM: Plenary session, What Creative County Initiative Means for You and Your Community

Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St. Beverly

  • 12:00PM: Lunch, Networking and Creative County grants information
  • 1:30PM – 2:15PM: Workshop Sessions 1
  • 2:30PM – 3:15PM: Workshop Sessions 2
  • 3:15PM – 4PM: “Wine Down” wine reception

About The Cabot 

For nearly a century, The Cabot in Beverly has been a local treasure, a dream palace at the heart of the downtown, and a welcoming gathering place for generations of North Shore residents. Originally known as The Ware, this opulent, neoclassical-style theater was built in 1920 by the renowned architectural firm Funk & Wilcox. Originally used for vaudeville shows and silent movies, it was later owned by the movie chain E.M. Loews. In 1976, The Cabot was purchased by Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, and for the next 36 years was home to this world-famous magic show. The Cabot is now being transformed into a 21st century venue for audiences of all ages, with nationally recognized live performers, current and classic movies and community events. Since its reopening in November 2014, The Cabot is once again a vital part of the North Shore’s artistic life. The Cabot will celebrate its 100th anniversary all year long in 2020, with aim to complete renovations by its 100th birthday on December 8th, 2020. For more information, visit

About ECCF

The mission of Essex County Community Foundation is to strengthen the communities of Essex County. We do this by inspiring philanthropy and managing charitable assets, making grants and engaging in strategic community leadership. Since 1998, ECCF and its family of 215 charitable funds have granted more than $80 million to nonprofits, schools and students in Essex County and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to have 34 thriving cities and towns in Essex County and to improve the quality of life for the region’s 750,000 residents.

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