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.
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.
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
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.
Worcester Arts Council
City Hall, 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.