Worcester Creative Giving Campaign

Gift the power of creativity to Worcester organizations this December. WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) is launching the first Worcester Creative Giving Campaign, an initiative which amplifies the fundraising efforts of dozens of local arts and cultural organizations. The Campaign will run December 1 – December 31, 2020. T, the public can […]

The Worcester Arts Council is Looking for a Local Creative to Design its New Logo in 2020

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is looking to redesign its logo, and is inviting Worcester-based creatives to apply to work on the project. The selected designer will receive a stipend of $1,500. Those interested can learn more or apply by September 30, 2020, at: https://airtable.com/shrGTsm2xImP4gvwR Worcester Arts Council Chair Yasmin Goris says now is the perfect time for […]

Worcester Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

The City of Worcester, in collaboration with over a dozen community partners, will celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification with a series of events this August. A Worcester Women’s Suffrage Working Group has met regularly since January 2020, discussing how to best celebrate the centennial anniversary of the […]

Mass Cultural Council & Worcester Arts Council Push Back Grant Application Dates

A Letter from the Worcester Arts Council – July 27, 2020 Hi Everyone – We want to give you an update on our upcoming 2021 grant cycle. Typically, the Commonwealth’s operating budget is set by July 1 each year, and the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) releases its spending plan in August. However, the MCC’s planning […]

Take the Worcester Arts Council’s 2020 Funding Priorities Survey

Weigh in on Arts & Culture in Worcester and Enter to Win Bose Headphones The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is seeking community input on arts and culture in Worcester through its 2020 Funding Priorities Survey. The online survey will be open now through September 7, 2020, and can be completed here. Responses to this brief […]

City of Worcester Announces Completion of First Comprehensive Cultural Plan

Plan promotes a shared vision to recognize the power of culture and make communities better places for people to live, learn, work and thrive View the full Cultural Plan          View the Executive Summary Worcester City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 to adopt item 11B which was a recommendation by […]

Call to Artists: Give Me A Sign

Calls to Artists: Give Me A Sign The City of Worcester Cultural Development Division, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, is accepting proposals from artists and designers for the Give Me A Sign project. “The ‘Give Me A Sign’ project highlights the relationship between creative expression and mental […]

Upcoming Cultural Town Halls

Arts and cultural workers have multiple ways to share their experiences and learn more about the local, state, and federal responses to COVID-19 starting May 20, 2020. May 20, 12pm – 1pm: The Worcester Cultural Coalition and Mass Cultural Council host an online Town Hall Forum with Congressman Jim McGovern. This meeting is an opportunity […]

Worcester Creative Relief Fund Distributes $35,000 to Local Artists

Seventy creative workers selected to receive assistance with lost income due to COVID-19. WORCESTER, MA – Two weeks after the announcement of the Worcester Creative Relief Fund, 70 local individuals in the creative sector have been selected to receive $500 grants. The Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation established these grant funds […]

Worcester Creative Relief Fund

Note: This application has been closed as of April 8, 2020. Additional resources for the creative community can be found on our Creative Community Resources page. Announcing a new source of one-time funding for individuals working in the creative sector whose income has been negatively impacted by public safety measures surrounding COVID-19. WORCESTER, MA – […]

Jean McDonough Arts Center Lighting Ceremony

Long-time arts philanthropist Jean McDonough to be honored with public lighting ceremony of the JMAC: Worcester’s new home for the creative community. WORCESTER, MA • FEBRUARY 19, 2020 • The northwest corner of 20 Franklin Street will be unveiled as the Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC) in a lighting ceremony on March 5, 2020. The […]

Worcester Windows: “Dominican Carnival: A Colorful Tale of Satire and World Heritage”

EXHIBITION OPENS IN MASSACHUSETTS FOCUSED ON THE OLDEST CARNIVAL OF THE AMERICAS Guardians of Traditions & Cojuelos’ Productions Announce Exhibition Opening & Programming for “Dominican Carnival: A Colorful Tale of Satire and World Heritage” Vanessa Joga of Guardians of Traditions and Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, founder and principal of Cojuelos’ Productions, bring to the local public the […]

Introducing Worcester’s Poets Laureate

City of Worcester Announces Poet Laureate, Youth Poet Laureate WORCESTER, MA – City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., Mayor Joseph M. Petty, the Worcester City Council and the Office of Cultural Development have announced the appointments of the City of Worcester Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate will […]

Senator Chandler Awarded 2019 “Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts”

The Worcester-based Senator is being nationally recognized for her contributions to the arts in communities across Massachusetts. WORCESTER, MA November 15, 2019 – Massachusetts State Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler has received the 2019 “Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts” Award. This annual award recognizes a female state lawmaker who has made significant contributions […]

THANK YOU for voting for a New Summer Concert Series!

Community Input Needed for Outdoor Concert Series With enough community support, Worcester will host a new 10-day outdoor concert series in the summer of 2020 UPDATE – November 21, 2019 – the Worcester Cultural Coalition has made it to the final round of the Levitt AMP grant application. Thank you to everyone who voted, shared, […]

Naming Rights for Downtown Theater at 20 Franklin Street

WORCESTER, MA – October 1, 2019 – The Worcester Cultural Coalition, in partnership with the Worcester Business Development Corporation and City of Worcester, have announced the naming rights for downtown Worcester’s first black box theater. Jean McDonough has contributed $2 million for construction and operations, bolstering the launch of theater operations scheduled for spring 2020.  […]

City of Worcester Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate Programs

The application deadline for the Poet Laureate & Youth Poet Laureate has been extended to 9am Monday, December 9. Poets may self-nominate, or be nominated by a third party. Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr., in collaboration with the Worcester City Council and Cultural Development Division, is pleased to announce the revival of the City […]

Worcester Arts Council Releases 2019 Grant Application

Funding Available for the Arts and Culture! Worcester, MA- Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its 2020 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15, 2019.  Based on community input received during 2019, WAC will give preference to community projects in the following categories: Children’s Programs Performing Arts Public […]

Worcester Arts Council Releases 2019 Grant Application

Funding Available for the Arts and Culture! Worcester, MA- Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its 2020 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15, 2019.  Based on community input received during 2019, WAC will give preference to community projects in the following categories: Children’s Programs Performing Arts Public […]

Worcester Arts Council Seeks Community Input on Funding Priorities for 2020 Grants

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is seeking community input through its 2019 Funding Priorities Survey. This survey will help the Council determine its funding priorities for the upcoming 2020 grant cycle, which begins September 1st, 2019. The survey is an opportunity for the community to provide input on arts and culture in Worcester. The responses […]

Worcester Windows: UnWoven Journeys Exhibit

The Worcester Windows program is pleased to present UnWoven Journeys, which will be displayed July 2 through October 1, 2019 in downtown Worcester, MA. Pieces from UnWoven Journeys were on display at the Worcester PopUp in June of 2019. Getting out of the gallery and into public space, multiple pieces from the show will be […]

A Cultural Plan for the City of Worcester, Massachusetts

City of Worcester Announces Completion of First Comprehensive Cultural Plan  Plan promotes a shared vision to recognize the power of culture and make communities better places for people to live, learn, work and thrive View the full Cultural Plan          View the Executive Summary Worcester City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday, June 25, […]

Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “¡Vive Más!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   04/22/2019   Contact: Erin Williams 508-799-1400 ex. 31413 Williamse@worcesterma.gov   Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “¡Vive Más!”    Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, are pleased to announce the new Worcester Windows exhibit titled “Vive Mas!” on display from April through June, 2019. […]

Make Music Worcester Returns on June 21st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   04/19/2019   Contact: Erin Williams 508-799-1400 ex. 31413 Williamse@worcesterma.gov     Make Music Worcester Returns on June 21  Free Outdoor Music Making Events to be Held across City as Part of Annual Global Celebration   Worcester, MA (April 19, 2019) – Make Music Worcester will return for its 3rd year with […]

City of Worcester to host Public Meeting on Public Art District Identifiers, March 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/8/19 Media Contact: Mike Vigneux 508-799-1175 x31308   City of Worcester to host Public Meeting on Public Art District Identifiers, March 13 Worcester – The City of Worcester’s Department of Public Works & Parks (DPW&P) and Executive Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, will host a public information […]

Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “City of Worcester Employee Showcase”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   02/26/2019   Contact: Yaffa Fain 508-799-1400x 31415 FainY@worcesterma.gov Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “City of Worcester Employee Showcase”   Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, are pleased to announce the new Worcester Windows exhibit “City of Worcester Employee Showcase” on display February 20– […]

Out to Lunch Logo Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/28/2019 Contact: Yaffa Fain 508-799-1400x 31415 culture@worcesterma.gov Out to Lunch Logo Design Contest  Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition are pleased to announce a public logo design contest in celebration of 10 years of summer Out to Lunch festivals on the Worcester Common Oval. The wildly popular […]

Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “Spring into the New Year”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/20/18 Contact: Lindiana Semidei 508-799-1400x 31414 SemideiL@worcesterma.gov   Worcester Windows Program Announces New Exhibit “Spring into the New Year” Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition are pleased to announce the new Worcester Windows exhibit “Spring into Winter” on display during City Hall hours through January […]

Worcester Arts Council Releases 2019 Grant Application

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9-11-18   Contact: Lindiana Semidei  508-799-1400 x31414 SemideiL@Worcesterma.gov     Worcester Arts Council Releases 2019 Grant Application Funding Available for the Arts and Culture!   Worcester, MA- Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its 2019 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15, 2018.  Based […]

Cultural Compact Signing

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/12/18 Media Alert: Cultural Compact Signing City of Worcester, Worcester Arts Council, Salisbury Cultural District, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and Massachusetts Cultural Council formally enter statewide cultural agreement June 12, 2018, Worcester MA- the City of Worcester, Worcester Arts Council, Salisbury Cultural District, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and the Mass Cultural Council are […]

CALL FOR ARTISTS: MAIN STREET REIMAGINED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/12/2018 4:52 PM The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined Project. Main Street Reimagined will complement the $11 million reconstruction of Worcester’s Main Street as a Complete Street, scheduled for the 2018-19 […]

Worcester Cultural Coalition Receives Major Award to Develop Performance and Multipurpose Arts Space

Contact: Erin Williams 508-799-1400x 265 WilliamsE@Worcesterma.gov   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/21/16   Worcester Cultural Coalition Receives Major Award to Develop Performance and Multipurpose Arts Space   Worcester, MA–  The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) today announces a $1.1 million grant from the Boston-based Barr Foundation to support the fit-out and operation of the WOOteria, a new […]

Worcester Shakespeare Company to Present Coriolanus on the Worcester Common Oval

Contact: Lindiana Semidei 508-799-1400x 31414 SemideiL@worcesterma.gov   FOR RELEASE:   Worcester Shakespeare Company to Present Coriolanus on the Worcester Common Oval   Worcester, MA-The City of Worcester and Worcester Cultural Coalition welcome all thespians and theater lovers alike to the Worcester Common Oval for a free summer evening of drama featuring Shakespeare’s Coriolanus on Wednesday, […]

Summer in the City

Contact: Lindiana Semidei 508-799-1400x 31414 SemideiL@worcesterma.gov   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      Summer in the City 80’s themed events taking over Downtown Worcester   Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition will host a day of 80’s themed events on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 as part of the City’s #Worcester100 campaign […]

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the National Theatre of Ghana Present “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real”

Contact: Erin Williams 508-799-1400x 31413 WilliamsE@worcesterma.gov   FOR RELEASE:     Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the National Theatre of Ghana Present “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real” An outdoor, drum-fueled production to take place in Worcester     Worcester, MA- The Worcester Cultural Coalition, Clark University, the City of Worcester and The Hanover […]

Worcester Windows “Fire & Ice” Opening Reception

Contact: Lindiana Semidei 508-799-1400x 31414 SemideiL@worcesterma.gov   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   11/30/17     Worcester Windows “Fire & Ice”  Opening Reception     Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition are pleased to announce the opening reception of  “Fire & Ice” on Friday, Dec 1, 7pm-8pm in the basement […]