Worcester Center for Crafts: A match forged in the studio

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…

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