The Reopening of the Open Door Gallery at WAM

Written by Anna-Li St. Martin, Intern with the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division, spring 2023 As an intern for the City’s Cultural Development Division, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the reopening of the “Open Door Gallery” at the Worcester Art Museum (ODG@WAM). On Monday, March 20th, 2023, I attended the reopening of […]

Worcester Art Museum Exhibition Reaches New Frontiers

Written by Mallory Trainor, Intern with the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division, spring 2023 On March 30th, 2023, the Worcester Art Museum’s (WAM) newest exhibition, Frontiers of Impressionism, opened for a press preview. As an intern with the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division, I was graciously invited to explore the exhibit along with […]

Barr Foundation to Continue Funding JMAC Access Grants

The Worcester Cultural Coalition will receive an additional $175,000 in 2023 to further expand equitable use of the Jean McDonough Arts Center. WORCESTER, MA – January 11, 2023 Thanks to a successful 2022 partnership, the Barr Foundation will continue to support the Worcester Cultural Coalition’s goal of equitable use of the Jean McDonough Arts Center […]

Gifting Local Guide • 2022

The Worcester Cultural Coalition’s members make it easy to support the local economy this holiday season – read on for suggestions to give the gift of culture! Jump to: Holiday Experiences • Creative Fun + Education • Cultural Institutions • Memberships + Subscriptions • Music Performances • Tangible Gifts • Theatre  Holiday Experiences If […]

Worcester Cultural Coalition, Jean McDonough Arts Center Announce Month-long Summer Residencies

Part of a Barr Foundation-funded accessibility initiative, Month-long Residencies subsidize all venue costs and provide $15,000 in discretionary funding to local creatives. WORCESTER, MA – May 13, 2022 – After announcing the Barr Foundation’s support of a year-long accessibility initiative, the Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) and Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC) are pleased to announce […]

Artist Collaboration offers Balloons and Bad Advice

The installation will be on display in multiple locations across Worcester November 13-27, 2021. Worcester, MA – The Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC), in collaboration with Creative Hub Worcester, announce Balloons and Bad Advice. This multi-gallery installation series is a collaboration between Massachusetts-based artist Hank von Hellion and Los Angeles-based artist Balloonski, and will be […]

The Worcester Arts Council Ensures Greater Accessibility to its Grants with Move to Direct Granting for FY22

Worcester, MA  – The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is pleased to announce an important change that will improve accessibility to its grant program: the Council is switching from reimbursement-based granting to direct granting for FY22.  Historically, WAC’s project grants were reimbursement-based. This means that organizations, individuals, and non-profits who were awarded project grants first paid […]

Worcester Cultural Coalition Announces Pilot Artist Residency Program

The Jean McDonough Arts Center seeks applications for its first artistic residency program, to begin in spring 2021. WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS – February 18, 2021 – In its ongoing work to support local arts and culture, the Worcester Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce its pilot Artist Residency Program at the Jean McDonough Arts Center. Applications […]

Worcester Arts Council FY21 Project & Fellowship Grant Applications Open 10/1-12/14/2020

Worcester, MA  – The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its FY21 funding cycle. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2020 (originally November 16, 2020). WAC accepts grant applications from individuals and non-profit organizations, from associations that can establish a non-profit objective, and from schools, libraries, and other public agencies. […]

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: Worcester Arts Council Chair Yasmin Goris says now is the perfect time for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]