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Worcester Arts Council

Worcester Arts CouncilThe 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 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 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.

In addition to its monthly meetings, held the second Thursday of each month, 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.

Community Input Survey

The purpose of this survey is to understand more about the sorts of arts and culture Worcester residents want to see their arts council fund.

Congratulations 2016 Grantees!

WAC awarded a total of $112,812 in Local Cultural Council funding to 56 Worcester area artists, organizations and educational institutions. The 2016 allocation includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships awarded to individuals to assist in the funding of their endeavors in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences. The 2016 WAC Fellows are noted photographer Steven King and Japanese SAORI weaver and artist Mihoko Wakabayashi. View the complete List of Grantees. Congratulations to all who were fortunate to receive funding for this grant cycle!

Grant Writing Workshops

Are you interested in applying for a Worcester Arts Council grant this year? Important dates and deadlines are as follows:

  • Dates and Times TBA

*All meetings and workshops take place at Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street, 3rd Floor.
View our Grant Writing Workshops Flyer for complete details.


The Worcester Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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