On November 6th 2015, Opportunity Peabody held the Creative Gathering, which gave local artists the ability to voice their recommendations and concerns on being a local artist. We were provided with a ton of information on how to make creativity in Peabody more awesome. In the chart below we've compiled the answers from the three of the questions, so take a look at what you told us:
Some of your suggestions are already happening, but maybe you didn't know about them. So here are some of the highlights of what's already going on:
More resources to transform "artists" into "creative professionals":
- ArcWorks Community Art Center has professional practices classes to help artists determine where they want to go in their careers and identify steps to get there. Click here for more information.
- The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce offers free business counseling. To schedule an appointment, call 978.531.0384
- The Peabody Institute Library has a lot of creative class opportunities through their Creativity Lab and other programs. More information here.
- ArcWorks offers a variety of classes and free workshops to spark your creativity. Head to their website for dates and costs.
- Members of the Peabody Art Association have access to classes and workshops produced by the organization.
- Melissa's Budding Artists hosts paint parties to teach people simple painting techniques, and you can check her out here.
Centralized promotion of arts/artists:
- Be sure to reference the Peabody Cultural Collaborative's calendar for events, and its free to add your own!
- Follow Opportunity Peabody on Facebook or Instagram to see what's happening in Peabody's creative scene
- Both the City of Peabody and the Peabody Institute Library held some rocking concert series this summer in the parks!
Here are some of the things coming in the future:
- More special events like open mics, small concerts, and more. You requested, so stay tuned to hear about when they're coming up!
- There is a downtown development initiative comprised of community leaders who will be developing a strong marketing plan to promote Peabody as a place to visit, featuring the arts as one of its core components.
- ArcWorks will be developing an artists's salon to promote networking among creatives and art lovers, as well as foster some meaningful discussion about art topics.
We're looking at developing the Creative Yellow Pages, listing all the creative resources, businesses and creative professionals that can be distributed online and in paper to individuals and businesses who made need your services!