Public Art Working Group (PAWG)

Public Art Working Group (PAWG)

The City of Worcester encourages and promotes the enrichment of the cultural landscape of the City through aesthetic improvements of public spaces, uniting artists and community and inspiring civic pride. The City of Worcester Public Art Working Group (PAWG) is made up of local citizens and art lovers who are committed to supporting public art initiatives in the City of Worcester. These community members want to see more public art created in the City.

Current members of PAWG: Hank Von Hellion, Jessica Walsh, Cory John Heisson, Gloria Hall, Honee Hess, Kim Driscoll, Che Anderson, Erin Williams.


  • Commission large-scale public art projects.
  • Support local and regional artists in the development of public art throughout the City.
  • Encourage and support the engagement of young people and the general public in creating public art.

Projects presently underway under the auspices of PAWG include:

  • WCUW building at 910 Main Street, Worcester, MA. Artists: Douglas Chapel “Open Your Ears and Mind”; Andrei Kraytsou “Tempo”; Angrei Krautsou “Jazz Work”; Louis Hairapetian “Untitled” and Ryan Gardell “Boombox”. Five murals on five 14’ x 14’ panels.
  • YWCA of Central MA, Francis J. McGrath Boulevard, 1 Salem Square. Artist Alice Mizrachi from Israel and based in New York, with assistant Sharinna Travieso and the YWCA’s Girls CHOICE. Mural titled Maiden Mother Crone,  23Ft x 40 Meters (130 Ft), installed June 17, 2016.
  • Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street. Internationally known artist Damien Mitchell from Wagga Wagga, Australia, 65 feet by 60 feet mural, installed September 2015.
  • Art in the Park, 284 Highland Street. Art in the Park partnered with the WPS Visual Arts Department to engage students in grades K-12 in the process.Proposal, design, making and installation of exhibiting site-specific work in Elm Park for Art in the Park 2015.
  • Allen Court Arts Alley, 18-20 Franklin Street. Partnership with New Garden Park creating a series of high quality, temporary murals being overseen by Worcester artist Susan Champeny, installed September 2014.

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