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Public Art

Public Art in WorcesterGreat 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.

The City of Worcester Public Art Working Group (PAWG) is made up of local citizens and art lovers who are commited to supporting public art initiatives in the City of Worcester. These community members want to see more public art created in the City.

Projects presently underway under the auspices of PAWG include:

  • Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street - Internationally known artist Damien Mitchell from Wagga Wagga, Australia, 65 feet by 60 feet mural, installed September 2015.
  • Art in the Park, 284 Highland Street - Art in the Park partnered with the WPS Visual Arts Department to engage students in grades K-12 in the process - proposal, design, making and installation of exhibiting site-specific work in Elm Park for Art in the Park 2015.
  • Denholm Building, 484 Main Street - Internationally acclaimed street artist Caleb Neelon designed this four-story mural, installed August 4 - 15, 2014.
  • Allen Court Arts Alley, 18-20 Franklin Street - Partnership with New Garden Park creating a series of high quality, temporary murals being overseen by Worcester artist Susan Champeny, installed September 2014.

What's the Plan?

The City of Worcester's Executive Office of Economic Development is spearheading an effort to increase the amount of publicly accessible art in Worcester. As part of these efforts, staff created a catalogue of existing public art as well as a public art map. In an effort to identify locations and opportunities throughout the City for the installation of additional permanent and/or temporary public art pieces, the Public Art Working Group (PAWG) was established. PAWG advocates for the creation and installation of new publicly accessible art and is currently working to identify possible sites for new public art.

Multi-Pronged Approach

  1. Commission large-scale public art in the downtown footprint over the next year.
  2. Support local and regional artists in the development of public art throughout the City.
  3. Encourage and support the engagement of young people and the general public in creating public art.

View our Map & Database of existing public art throughout the City, highlighting murals, memorials, statues and other art installations.

Public Art Working Group (PAWG)

Members of the Worcester Public Art Working Group (PAWG) include:

Gloria Hall, Art in the Park; Honee Hess, Worcester Center for Crafts; Howard McGinn, First Night Worcester; Adam Rozan, Worcester Art Museum; Chad Sirois, Worcester Arts Council; Adam Zahler, Worcester State University Visual and Performing Arts; Che Anderson, City Manager's Office; Erin Williams; Cultural Development Officer.

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