WORCESTER – “Cities have the capacity of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  — Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

If you are an artist, a musician, a performer, or a lover of any of these, you know we’re at the end of two of the cities most creative events of the year — Art Week and Jane Week.  

Art Week, launched in 2013 and produced by the Boch Center, is now a state wide celebration featuring hundreds of unique, creative, hands-on experiences in the visual and performing arts.  

This year, the city of Worcester and it’s creative community have embraced the event with dozens of activities geared towards engaging and strengthening the role of the arts in the local economy.  The growth and reaction to the event has been explosive, and as it, and Jane week — a celebration of American born writer and activist Jane Jacobs, and her series of works offering a new vision of diverse cities made for, and by, ordinary people — come to an end, there’s still a lot left to see and do.

This Saturday and Sunday the two will culminate with creative and informative celebrations all over the city, giving residents of Worcester the opportunity to experience a bit of both.  Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss on this last weekend of “Art” and “Jane”:

1. University Park “Paint A Mural” Event

   Saturday, May 5 12 PM – 5 PM

   Join the fun of painting a large mural with local artists, while creating a cool space in the community.

 

2. RINGS IN MOTION: A Calder Inspired Art Circus

   Saturday, May 5  1 PM – 5 PM and Sunday, May 6 1 PM – 3 PM

   Worcester Pop-Up, 20 Franklin Street

   Interactive art making activities, and performances by jugglers, an illusionist, magician, plate spinners, a mime,    

   Crocodile River Music,  and the South East Asian Coalition Lion Dancers.  Face painting, henna, popcorn and

   cotton candy.

3. Pop-Up Parklet Party at Quinsigamond Village

   Saturday, May 5 10 AM -2 PM

   Quinsigamond Elementary School Parking Lot

   A park pop-up, this event will transform a school parking lot into a community park for the day.  Art, crafts, family

   activities.  Bring a lunch and have a picnic while connecting with the local community.

 

4. Worcester Wall To Wall

   Sunday, May 6 1 PM -2 PM

   Meet at Worcester Wares, Door 22 at the DCU Center, on Commercial Street

   Tour downtown with POW!WOW! Worcester and experience the murals adorning our city like never before.

   This in-depth, guided walking tour will change the way you look at these walls.

Jane Jacobs

5. A Peek At The Printers Building

   Sunday, May 6  2 PM -4 PM

   44 Portland Street

   Curious about the creative happenings inside the Printers Building?  Listen to some cool blues and Jazz with

   WCN.  Make something at Technocopia. Drum with the Crocodile River Band.  Visit the new homw of Arts Worcester,

   and the current exhibit at The Davis Gallery.  Visit with Edwards Street Child Services, Worcester Bookeeping

   Cooperative, and WPI’s Project Center.

All are FREE and open to everyone, so take some time this weekend to enjoy, and be a part of, the art, culture, community, and change that’s happening in Worcester.