About

Creative North Shore is the community/lifestyle division of Creative Collective LLC.

Creative Collective LLC connects creativity, community, and commerce across the North Shore. As a collective of creative professionals, small businesses, organizations, and individuals we coordinate a series of events, traditional and non-traditional marketing initiatives, resources, and best practices to define why creativity matters in all aspects of life.

We do this by providing opportunities and online marketing, detailed calendar listings, media coverage, advocacy, event creation/ management and consultations to help promote local artists, nonprofits, and small businesses. 

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John Andrews (He/Him)

Owner • Photographer • Whovian • Underdog

John is the owner of Creative Collective, Creative North Shore and John Andrews Photography. John has spent the past five years unraveling the mystery of why there is an unbalance and gap between traditional and ‘creative’ businesses and has established the collective to work with modern, open minded businesses looking to make the world a more artistic, cultural and creative place AND close that gap. A lover of the underdog, all music that gives you the “feels” Doctor Who, and community in general.

Arielle Kaplan (She/Her)

Operations Director • Avid Sewist and Cosplayer • Performer Extraordinaire

New England-Native Arielle Kaplan has been involved in the North Shore creative community for almost a decade. Arielle has worked alongside the Collective, in all its forms, as an individual artist and collaborator. Some of these projects have included costumed historic interpretation at Ye Olde Pepper Companie as Mrs. Mary Spencer and performing with Intramersive, LLC. – recently, as Margaery Tyrell at the Collective’s Winds of Winter Ball. Arielle is an avid sewist and cosplayer, with an interest in historic costuming. She spends a great deal of her time in a galaxy far, far away, portraying Princess Leia for The Rebel Legion.

Joey Phoenix (They/Them)

Director of Brand Strategy and Innovation • Manic Scribbler • Professional Faerie

Joey is a professional faerie character performer with a passion for big creative ideas, biodegradable glitter, and the oxford comma. They joined Creative Collective as Managing Editor in late 2018 to help the team tell stories about what’s up and coming in the North Shore Creative Economy, which they continue to do in their expanded role of Director of Brand Strategy and Innovation.  

When they’re not interviewing creatives or scribbling stories in the wee hours of the morning, you can find them photographing animals or performing songs about nature for children of all ages.

Carolyn Cole (She/Her)

Non Profit Coordinator • Special Projects Developer

Almost a cosmetology school graduate, Carolyn spent years working as a paralegal in a high-profile law firm on Wall Street where she executed multi-million-dollar real estate closings. When that interfered with her audition schedule, she left that arena to play Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray in our nation’s capital.

In wanting to serve her community more directly, Carolyn volunteered with countless nonprofits, co- founded Lynn Main Streets: an UrbanMain project, established local crisis relief initiatives and found her seat at the municipal table legitimizing the cultural sector and redefining what creative and collaborative community development really means. She is now best-known as Stella’s mom.

Carolyn and Stella both agree with the late, fabulous, Ruth Bader Ginsburg who decreed that “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

Tia Cole (She/Her)

Public artist • Special Projects Manager

As the Special Projects Manager and the Marketing Coordinator for the Essex County Community Foundation, Tia is a bridge between Creative Collective and the creative economy of Essex County. Specifically, she keeps the ECCF site up to date with local events and happenings and distributes useful resources to the readership there.

Meg Nichols (She/Her)

Storyteller • Letter maverick • Graphic Artist

Meg Nichols has a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from School of Visual Arts in NYC. She is a hand lettering artist, designer, muralist and is currently studying traditional sign writing with world renown sign painters.

Based out of Salem, MA, Meg’s focus has been on public art by bringing beauty and joy to outdoor spaces since the Pandemic started in 2020. At Creative Collective, you can find her telling business member’s stories on social media, creating incredible signage for events, or being a regular artistic Jill of all trades.


EVENTS

There really is no better way then to show off highlights of what the creative economy can bring to the community than using events as a platform to showcase the professionals that work in the creative space on a daily basis.

From Drive-Ins to Horror Festivals to flash mobs to pop up art installations,  Food Truck Festivals and everything in between we are always following industry trends for the most successful way to run events that compensate artists/creatives and benefit the community through creative placemaking.

ADVOCACY

By fostering local creatives with a network and platform to showcase their skills and talents we facilitate creative networking, gather comprehensive event listings, consult, market and stand as a central curation point for all the wonderful cultural things currently happening, and those on the horizon around Salem. Our members sit on all the major creative and cultural boards and committees ensuring that the creative professional always has a voice at the table. As a member of the Creative Collective we are also able to extend beyond Salem if it is beneficial to the artists/creatives we support.

COVERAGE AND MARKETING

Arts and creativity are visual. The coverage, promotion and marketing of all the amazing things that are created, performed needs to be equally as appealing to the eyes, ears and soul. Through a series of best marketing practices and high quality professional photography, videography, social media coverage and writing we have introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the depth and diversity of the creative scene in Salem and beyond. Our collective of professionals assemble and tell the stories that traditional media tends to shy away from. The combined tools help to shape the new narrative of creativity on the North Shore.

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