For Immediate Release: 7/1/2020 1:08 pm
The City of Worcester Cultural Development Division, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, is unveiling 19 public works of art from local artists this July in the Give Me A Sign project.
“Art and other forms of creative expression contribute positively to a community’s mental, emotional, social, and overall well-being,” Deputy Cultural Development Officer Ché Anderson said. “At a time when our country and local community is experiencing overwhelming loneliness and social unrest, the ‘Give Me A Sign’ campaign is focused on aiding the public in better psychological and physical health, encouraging them to explore their parks and neighborhoods while discovering inspirational messages of hope and empathy.”
To provide the community with moments of inspiration, education, and optimism, the Give Me A Sign project will provide visual encouragement throughout Worcester on more than 100 12” x 18” metal signs, with select works also on digital billboards around Worcester starting this week.
“With the adoption of the Cultural Plan in 2019, the City aims to share Worcester’s story through embedding art into our everyday lives,” said Erin Williams, Cultural Officer for the City of Worcester. “We were excited to see so many artists interested in this initiative; selecting the works was difficult. Give Me a Sign is a beautiful way to lift our spirits and connect in our community. We hope these signs will bring encouragement and a smile to the people who see them.”
Artists represented in Give Me A Sign are Susan Champeny, Therrious Davis, Shaka Dendy, Alex Ferror, Ryan Flynn, Hal Goucher, Free Humanity, Eric Karbelling, Kevin La, Justin LeClair, Marybeth Lensel, Christopher Michelotti, Jason Naylor, Dave “Croc” O’Conner, Nina Palomba, Ego Proof, Pamela Stolz, Khyzra Syeda, and Mathew Zaremba.