The City is embarking on a long-overdue $11 million top-to-bottom reconstruction of Main Street. This is not simply a repaving project. We’re building a Main Street that is not just a way to drive from Point A to Point B… but a 21st century Main Street, that embraces modern urban design philosophies, that is built to encourage parking your car and walking to multiple experiences, all throughout downtown. We want downtown to be a destination, not a waypoint, and this new Main Street will deliver on that vision.
The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined project. The project seeks to incorporate both functional and decorative art at locations throughout the mile-long corridor.
The City seeks proposals for five different categories of installations: artistic screening, lighting installation, activity nodes, benches and bicycle racks. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to all artists, artist teams, and design professionals with experience in public art and monumental features. Professionals residing in or with studio space in the city of Worcester and the New England region are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 13, 2018.
The City of Worcester and its Cultural Coalition are working with the Urban Culture Institute to incorporate placemaking, cultural economic development and the arts into the Main Street Project.
The goal is to create a theme, sense of place, increased walkability, and vibrancy along the Main Street corridor through public art while taking into consideration connectivity between primary public art nodes. The project will incorporate already designed wayfinding elements. Repurposing appropriate materials from elements slated for demolition or removal will be an integral part of the project.
The Institute will work with the public to deliver a more vibrant Main Street.