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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 a revitalization of creativity and inclusivity to the area. Calling upon local artists, businesses, and organizations, the City has implemented a number of programs and events to further support and promote the arts and to build a close, creative community.

The Worcester Cultural Coalition and Worcester PopUp are dedicated catalysts for the creative community, making the arts more accessible for everyone and fostering a renaissance of creative and cultural growth in the City.

The Worcester Windows Project is one specific community program that is helping to foster the arts through showcasing the diverse and rich works of local artists, while partnering with local businesses and organizations to create exhibition spaces.

Yaffa Fain, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division, says “I think that’s one of the really interesting things about what we’re doing now, is we’re not just focusing on arts, we’re thinking creatively, and what does that mean beyond just your day-to-day museum experience? What does that mean in the general community?”

This push for a creative reawakening has sparked the implementation of programs such as Make Music Day – Worcester, Out To Lunch, Movies on the Common, and more, as well as the renovation of older sites like the Worcester Memorial Auditorium into restaurants, movie theaters, and more general creative spaces.

Listen to Vicky Greene’s broadcast to learn more about all the exciting things the Worcester Cultural Coalition and PopUp have been up to!

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