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The Lawrence Arts Collective was established in 2021 as a partnership of nonprofits and small businesses that facilitate and support arts and culture in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The 2022-2023 partners include Essex Art Center, Izizwe Dance Studio, and Ateneo Dominicano de Nueva Inglaterra.

Through an artist-in-residence program, the Collective aims to strengthen community relationships, drive economic growth, and nurture contemporary art in Lawrence. The six-month residency allows artists the time and resources necessary to engage with the community and create meaningful work that invites participation and stimulates dialogue. 


Eliza Malecki - Lawrence Arts Collective Artist in Residence premiering new work at Essex Art Center in Lawrence. - May 22, 2022

Through The Lawrence Arts Collective Izizwe Dance Collective was Born!

 Izizwe Dance Collective is a professional dance company with a mission to develop, promote, and sustain a thriving dance community within the city of Lawrence. IDC inspires and engages audiences by using dance as a vehicle to promote social transformation through powerful performances that are unique to the Lawrence community. In addition to uplifting the community, IDC provides a platform for dance artists to develop and expand their work in a way that is equitable and sustainable for all. Izizwe Dance Collective was formed through the support of The Lawrence Arts Collective under the direction of Amy Xotyeni. The collective will premiere new work in the spring of 2023.