The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our City.
The Worcester Arts Council is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager. The Council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultral projects and programs.
Meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. During grant review season (mid-November through December), meetings will be held weekly until all grant applications have been reviewed.
A Grant Writing Workshop is held each year while grant applications are being accepted, to assist those interested in applying for funds. The 2020 Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 7. Register for the Zoom Meeting.
Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA
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The Council accepts grant applications based on guidance from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applications are open from September 1 - October 15. Due to COVID-19, the FY21 grant cycle timing has been delayed by one month. Applications will be open October 1, 2020 through November 16, 2020. Grants are issued to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists; as well as community, business and civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.
The Worcester Arts Council is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Worcester Arts Council
City Hall, 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.