Crossing Water (Sept. 7-14, 2019) is a week-long arts festival that will bring together the Salem and Beverly communities by fostering creation and connection through all forms of art—visual, narrative, performance, audio, and more. From lighting the bridge to poetry readings (and everything in between), Crossing Water will feature eight days of programming along the waterfronts on both sides of the Beverly-Salem bridge.

Come experience:

  • an illumination of the Beverly-Salem bridge
  • shipping container gallery exhibitions
  • the Improbable Places Poetry Tour
  • movie screenings
  • live music, storytelling, and dance performances
  • … and so much more!

Activities will take place each day, with weekend activities occurring from 3 – 9 pm and weeknight activities occurring from 6 – 9 pm. The bridge lighting will begin each night at 8:00 pm. The festival includes activities for all ages.

Participation Opportunities:

As a project celebrating the creative culture of our region, we are excited to welcome artists and creative vendors to showcase and sell their work for two art market days during the week of events.

Crossing Water is also currently soliciting ideas from the community for programming to include in the festival. If you have an idea you would like to share please submit below:

Thank You to Our Crossing Water Community Partners and Supporters

  • Andy Bablo (Montserrat College of Art ’07)
  • Beverly Crossing
  • The City of Beverly
  • Chris Koeplin, President of Beverly Crossing & Montserrat College of Art Trustee
  • Estelle Rand, City Councilor
  • Scott Houseman, City Councilor
  • Retonica Lighting
  • Creative Collective

This project is funded in part by a grant of Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative (CCI), a collaboration with the Barr Foundation designed to elevate Essex County’s art and culture sector and support our local creative economy.  Montserrat College of Art is the recipient of one of 11 CCI grants awarded to serve Essex County communities through public art and creative placemaking projects. For more information about the Creative County Initiative, visit and, a new online arts calendar and resource hub for Essex County’s creative sector.

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