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 6:15 p.m. (Jan. - Sept.); meet every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. (Oct. - Dec.).
In addition, the Worcester Arts Council also hosts an annual Community Input Meeting to determine priorities for grant funding, along with Grant Writing Workshops to assist those interested in applying for funds.
Date/Time of Next Meeting: TBA
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The Council accepts grant applications on an annual basis between mid-August and October 15th, with allocations made before the end of the calendar year. 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 gratefully acknowledges the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is seeking community input on arts and culture in Worcester through its 2020 Funding Priorities Survey. Weigh in on arts & culture in Worcester and enter to win a prize!
Worcester Arts Council
City Hall, 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.