Worcester PopUp Presents New Childhood-Inspired Exhibit, “Bouncy House Time Machine”


September 12, 2022 | WORCESTER, MA – The Jean Mcdonough Arts Center will be hosting Bouncy House Time Machine from September 14th to October 6th, with an opening reception on September 15th from 6 to 10 pm. Guests for this reception can look forward to a playfully interactive evening of art, balloons, and an adult-friendly indoor bouncy house. Additionally, the reception will feature creatively-made sweets by Moeshmallows, a cash bar, photography by Glo Photographs, and throwback music by Galaxy Brothers. According to Doménica Dillon, curator and PopUp Manager, the goal of Bouncy House Time Machine is to “transform the PopUp into a happy place for one’s inner child” and encourage adults to “view life and art with cheer, innocence, and wide-eyed curiosity.”

More than 40 artists from all over the world will be featured in the exhibit. For PopUp gallery hours or to contact staff with inquiries, visit the JMAC’s website and online calendar here.

This project will be, “something wonderful for the people of Worcester and, I believe, will inspire others to cultivate and manifest their own creative projects,” PopUp Managing Director and featured artist Hank von Hellion said.

The exhibit is designed to allow viewers and artists to feel like kids again, and transport people back in time, revisiting themes of nostalgia, fun, and joy through an exciting array of childhood-inspired art.

“While working on my piece for the show, I traveled back to being a kid. Back to simpler thoughts, fewer worries, bucket hats, and wide-leg pants. To colorful cartoons and trends that no longer make sense. To the non-stop laughter of my 90s childhood,” said featured artist Jennessa Burks.

Bouncy House Time Machine is supported in part by the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, the Worcester Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District is thrilled to be able to support the Bouncy House Time Machine exhibit at the PopUp,” said Andrew McShane, Program Manager for the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District. “Supporting local artists continues to be one of the BID’s top priorities, and we are excited to be able to sponsor such a creative, fun, and well-curated show that genuinely makes you feel like a kid again.”

To learn more about Bouncy House Time Machine, click here.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

About the Jean McDonough Arts Center: Comprising the ever-changing “permanent” PopUp and the intimate BrickBox Theater, the Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC) is an initiative of the Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC), and home to myriad creative events and cultural initiatives. Individuals and groups can present or develop a wide range of work at the JMAC, including but not limited to work in theatre, dance, film, music, performance art, visual art, fashion design, and video game design. Learn more at www.jmacworcester.org.

About the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District: The Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District is a nonprofit organization established in 2018 to sustain momentum in the heart of Downtown Worcester. The result of a comprehensive community-based effort, the organization represents the owners of 140 properties and seeks to create a unique sense of place through enhanced investment and development, establishing and sustaining a vibrant, welcoming, and economically viable district for all. Learn more at www.downtownworcester.org.

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