Cultural Development

Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer

About Us

The mission of the Cultural Development Division is to administer the cultural development agenda and support equal access to arts and culture throughout the city and to execute the programs and administer the affairs of the Worcester Arts Council as established and authorized under these ordinances.

Priorities

  • Build the creative vitality of the downtown core and neighborhoods
  • Support and produce public art in all aspects of city design
  • Connect entrepreneurs and property owners with creative space development.
  • Marketing Worcester’s creative assets to the region and beyond.

Services

  • Promotion of creative design through financial and technical assistance
  • Attraction of new residents and visitors through the promotion of cultural offerings and activities
  • Engagement in planning initiatives to produce and support creative economic development.

Top Services

Funding Priorities Survey

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is seeking community input through its 2019 Funding Priorities Survey. This survey will help the Council determine its funding priorities for the upcoming 2020 grant cycle, which begins September 1, 2019.

The survey is an opportunity for the community to provide input on arts and culture in Worcester. The responses directly influence where the Council allocates grant funds. The survey takes about 3-4 minutes to complete. The survey will be open through August 28, 2019.

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Programs & Initiatives

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Creative Live / Work / Sell Space
The City of Worcester is a center for creative activity. From visual arts to performance art to writers of every genre, Worcester embraces the creative economy and its workforce. Worcester's diverse neighborhoods and stately architecture offer live, work and retail space for artists of every stripe.
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Plan an Event in Worcester
Special events enhance the quality of life for Worcester residents, bring in visitors who will shop in Worcester businesses and help us celebrate all the diverse cultures and talents of the people of our fine city. Our staff is here to work with you to make your event as great as it can possibly be so contact us today!
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Wayfinding Project - Finding Your Way
A public-private partnership between the City and its business, higher education and cultural communities, this project is intended to develop a wayfinding system capable of guiding visitors to their destinations while providing a sense of Worcester's rich cultural history and future.
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Worcester Windows
Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists.

Contact Information

Cultural Development
City Hall, 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1400
Fax: 508-799-1406
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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