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 downturn. It made several budget cuts, including what was its award-winning youth program. A strategic partnership with WSU the next year provided a major source of funding and a chance for expansion.
The partnership signals a new approach to bolstering nonprofit organizations in the Worcester area. Affiliations between educational institutions and both nonprofit and for-profit cultural organizations are becoming increasingly popular in the region, according to Erin I. Williams, Worcester’s cultural development officer and executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
“This is a city where it’s very easy to pick up the phone and share an idea,” said Ms. Williams…