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 will include a multipurpose exhibition gallery and space for creative collaboration, in addition to a 300-seat performance space for theater, concerts, lectures and convenings.

“Great cities support great art,” Erin Williams, Worcester’s cultural development officer, said in a statement from WCC. “The WCC supports the city’s efforts to activate the downtown and engage people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of music, dance, theater and public art. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.”…

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