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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Impacts on the Arts – June 2020

COVID-19 has changed our way of live indefinitely. The cultural sector has been deeply impacted, and arts organizations are feeling the financial stress like never before. Read on for details on local, state-wide, and national effects to culture, and for ways to take action to ensure creative workers and institutions aren’t left behind as budgets […]

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 […]

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 […]

Federal Small Business Relief – A Letter from Assets for Artists

A letter from Blair Benjamin, MASS MoCA Director of Assets for Artists, regarding the SBA PPP program which reopened on April 27, 2020: — Hi artist advocates — Hope everyone’s doing all right through these weird times. I’m writing to make sure folks in our artist-network are thinking about whether they would be a candidate […]

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 – […]

March 13 Update: Arts, Culture, & COVID-19

A letter from Worcester Cultural Coalition Executive Director Erin Williams: Hello Cultural Community, Worcester City leadership held a press conference on March 12 to outline its response to the COVID-19 virus. The priority is to ensure safety for all residents. All City-sponsored events hosting 50 people or more are cancelled, the Senior Center is closed […]

Women’s Suffrage: Worcester 2020

The 19th Amendment, recognizing women the right to vote, was ratified in August of 1920. Women’s Suffrage: Worcester 2020 celebrates the progress of American women since then, recognizes historic and present-day obstacles to universal suffrage, and works to increase voter education and engagement in our city. A volunteer working group drawn from various Worcester organizations and […]

JMAC Mentee & Intern Calls

Now Hiring: Mentee & Intern Opportunities at the Worcester PopUp & BrickBox Theatre The Worcester PopUp is a “permanent popup” space offering a place for local artists, organizations, and creatives to develop a variety of events ranging from art shows and open mics to yoga classes, lessons in drag, and more. Thanks to its funders, […]

Festival Of Lights 2019 Vendors

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Call for Submissions: Worcester Windows “Clothing, Culture, Armor!”

What: The Worcester PopUp is seeking submissions for the next Worcester Windows Exhibit. “Clothing, Culture, Armor!” will showcase the clothing that defines you and the communities you identify with, whether born or chosen. The clothing and costumes we choose to wear relate directly to the aspects of ourselves we hope to either showcase or protect. What […]

Listen Now: WCC Talks Creative Revitalization

An On-Air Interview with WXLO’s Vicki Greene by Cassie Lane Cultural Development Intern, Summer 2019 On June 9th, 2019, 104.5 WXLO-FM radio host Vicki Greene invited creative community members Hank VonHellion, Nikki Erskine, and Yaffa Fain to discuss City-wide art programs and cultural initiatives currently taking place in Worcester. The City’s growing art and culture boom has brought […]

WAM Blog: Move Oolong, Nothing to Tea Here

I’m sipping from one of my novelty tea mugs as I write this update.  Though I drink a hot Earl Grey nearly every morning, I never stopped to think about what I am drinking from (beyond joy at an odd cat mug, of course).  At the start of my summer internship here at the Worcester […]

WAM Blog: Move Oolong, Nothing to Tea Here

I’m sipping from one of my novelty tea mugs as I write this update.  Though I drink a hot Earl Grey nearly every morning, I never stopped to think about what I am drinking from (beyond joy at an odd cat mug, of course).  At the start of my summer internship here at the Worcester […]

Listen Now: WCC Talks Creative Revitalization

An On-Air Interview with WXLO’s Vicki Greene by Cassie Lane Cultural Development Intern, Summer 2019   On June 9th, 2019, 104.5 WXLO-FM radio host Vicki Greene invited creative community members Hank VonHellion, Nikki Erskine, and Yaffa Fain to discuss City-wide art programs and cultural initiatives currently taking place in Worcester. The City’s growing art and culture […]

Out to Lunch 2019

Jump To: Performance Lineup New Logo Stay in Touch The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition are excited to announce the return of the Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers’ Market series on June 27, 2019 through September 5, 2019 on the historic Worcester Common Oval. The festival will take place Thursday afternoons […]

Call for Artists: Main Street Reimagined and Worcester Wayfinding Projects

The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of benches and bicycle racks for the Main Street Reimagined project and the creation of art panels for the first phase of the Worcester Wayfinding project. The themes of creativity, innovation and revolution will be the focal point of artistic […]

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center Community Celebration

Event Date: October 27, 2018 Join us to celebrate the new Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester, the new state-of-the-art interpretive, recreational and cultural resource serving as a gateway to the City of Worcester and the entire National Heritage Corridor. The site also serves as the Central Region Headquarters of the MA Department of […]

Take the Worcester Cultural Plan Survey!

Take the Worcester Cultural Plan Survey! The Worcester Cultural Coalition and Greater Worcester Community Foundation are seeking public input for development of the City of Worcester’s Cultural Plan. This Plan is designed to identify opportunities to maximize the impact of arts, culture, creativity and heritage on improving the quality of life and economic development of […]

Nonprofits in Worcester & Cape Cod and Islands Granted $700K

Many thanks to the Barr Foundation for providing the funding to Greater Worcester Community Foundation to support local cultural organizations Arts Worcester, Crocodile River Music, Worcester Chamber Music Society, Main IDEA Youth & Arts, and Music Worcester Inc. to deepen the engagement of their cultural work in the community ,and encourage cultural inclusiveness. Let’s embrace […]

$2M increase for Mass Cultural

Huzzah! Thanks to our legislators, and all of you who reached out to them to lend your fervid support for funding to support the arts, humanities, culture, education and creative communities via the MA Cultural Council, which also provides a 14% increase to Mass Humanities. It will now proceed to the Governor’s desk for review, […]

Create the Vote 2018 MASS Creative Worcester Launch Party!

Let Worcester’s voice be heard! Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wormtown Brewery   Join Worcester’s community as MASSCreative is kicks off Create the Vote 2018, a nonpartisan, public education campaign to raise awareness and support for arts, culture, and creative expression. This fall, Massachusetts voters from across the Commonwealth will decide […]

Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series & Farmers Market

Out To Lunch Summer Concert Series & Farmers Market Returning for its 9th season, the Out to Lunch Concert Series and Farmers’ Market brings live bands, outdoor performers, artisans, nonprofits, food, farms and fun! Created by the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the #MakeArtEverywhere campaign promotes the encouragement and ability to use your creative license in all […]

Worcester seeks artists for $11M downtown upgrade

BY ZACHARY COMEAU JUNE 13, 2018 Worcester is looking for artists to make its $11-million reconstruction of Main Street not just more organized and convenient, but visually appealing as well. The city is calling for artists and designers to create a series of public art features for the project, dubbed Main Street Reimagined. The city, […]

Black box theater at Worcester PopUp to benefit from $200K grant

By Walter Bird Jr. May 24, 2018 A $200,000 state grant is helping to put a dent in the million-dollar-plus gap that remains to open the 300-seat black box theater at the Worcester PopUp at 20 Franklin St. The Worcester Cultural Coalition on Thursday announced the grant, which comes from the Mass Cultural Council and […]

WCC receives $1.1M grant to develop ‘WOOteria’ multipurpose arts space

By Sun Staff December 30, 2017 The Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) has received a $1.1 million grant from the Boston-based Barr Foundation to support the building and operation of the WOOteria, a collaborative art space and performance venue in downtown. Located at 20 Franklin St., the previous home of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, WOOteria […]

Creative endeavors generate millions for local economy

By Matthew Tota, Correspondent Telegram & Gazette Nov 26, 2017   WORCESTER – When Erin Williams describes how the city’s arts and culture scene contributes to the local economy, she makes sure to mention the location of the Worcester Arts Council within City Hall: on the fourth floor, in the Executive Office of Economic Development. […]

Central Mass. advocates for art recognized on Beacon Hill

By Kaitlin Milliken Boston University Statehouse Program Telegram & Gazette  Nov 10, 2017   BOSTON – Each year artists gather under Beacon Hill’s Golden Dome to meet with their state lawmakers and advocate for bills that support the creative economy. For this legislative session, Rep. Chris Walsh, a Democrat from Framingham, sponsored nearly half of […]

Erin Williams, head of Worcester Cultural Coalition, to be honored at Statehouse event

By Richard Duckett Telegram & Gazette Staff Nov 8, 2017 BOSTON – Erin Williams, cultural development officer for Worcester and executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, is scheduled to receive one of the “Champion of Artists Awards” during an event at the Statehouse on Wednesday. The 11th annual “Artists Under The Dome” event invites […]

Worcester welcomes National Theatre of Ghana

By Joshua Lyford Worcester Magazine September 15, 2017 Worcester welcomes the National Theatre of Ghana on Sept. 28 and 29. The National Theatre of Ghana, in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, are performing “10 Blocks on the Camino Real” by Tennessee Williams on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Clark University’s Atwood Hall at […]

Worcester Center for Crafts: A match forged in the studio

By Kate Radin, Special to the Telegram & Gazette Telegram & Gazette Feb 12, 2017 WORCESTER— The Worcester Center for Crafts’ new Youth Craft + Creativity program is bringing a promising opportunity to local youth, bolstered by the center’s relationship with Worcester State University. In 2008, the nonprofit Crafts Center went through a major financial […]