Learn more about cultural projects and initiatives in the City of Worcester including public art efforts, film and media production, wayfinding and the street banner program.
The City of Worcester invites artists to submit proposals for two public art initiatives detailed below. The deadline to submit proposals for both projects is 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2019. An informational meeting will be held at Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m., at the Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street. The purpose of the meeting is to review the RFP requirements and process.
Main Street Reimagined complements the $11 million reconstruction of Worcester's Main Street as a Complete Street. The intent of Main Street Reimagined is to supplement the new streetscape with custom functional public art installations to add interest to and activate the public space. The City seeks proposals for benches and bicycle racks that will reflect elements of Worcester's history, culture and community in imaginative and interesting ways.
The first phase of the Worcester Wayfinding project is intended to provide a system of place-making signage that emphasizes district identification and incorporates public art that welcomes visitors and promotes the City's rich culture. Public art is an integral component of the Wayfinding Plan, and the City seeks artwork for 14 District Identifier wayfinding signs. The installations will feature art panels that explore and reflect Worcester's history, culture and community in creative and interesting ways.
Worcester understands how important the creative industries are to the revitalization of cities. That is why we actively support the creation of new media and film in Worcester. The Cultural Development Office is happy to provide you with the assistance you need for your next project.
Massachusetts Film Office - Among many other services, the MFO assists filmmakers with location scouting, tax credit information, crew referrals, housing, permitting, government relations and union issues.
Great cities deserve great art! The City of Worcester encourages and promotes the enrichment of the cultural landscape of the City through aesthetic improvements of public spaces, uniting artists and community and inspiring civic pride.
View our Map & Database of existing public art throughout the City, highlighting murals, memorials, statues and other art installations.
The City of Worcester Public Art Working Group (PAWG) is made up of local citizens and art lovers who are committed to supporting public art initiatives in the City of Worcester.
The City of Worcester owns thousands of light poles throughout the downtown and along primary commercial corridors. The Worcester Banner Program complements the City's Wayfinding Initiative and public art policies and builds on the vast diversity of destinations and attractions within the city. Not-for-profit organizations and institutions may apply to the City of Worcester for approval of a banner or banner system for the vicinity of the organization/institution or associated event, as long as it is within a commercial or institutional district.
Requests to participate in the City of Worcester's Banner Program must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and should be made at least 45 days prior to anticipated installation of the banners. For more information and an application, please see our Banner Program Guidelines.
The Worcester Wayfinding Project is intended to establish a unified vehicle and pedestrian information system that integrates wayfinding, storytelling and art throughout Worcester. The new system will create a unique sense of place for visitors and residents alike with components including signage, destination identifiers and information kiosks capable of guiding visitors to their destinations while giving a peek of Worcester’s rich cultural history. In addition, the Worcester wayfinding system will not only guide visitors but also share the stories and spirit of this community.