WORCESTER – On Thursday night, at the top of the Printer’s Building, overlooking a city whose creative landscape seems to change and grow every moment, ArtsWorcester announced it’s strategic plan for “framing The future” of the organization.
Mayor Joe Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus, local artists, members, and many faithful supporters were in attendance when Executive Director, Juliet Feibel, unveiled Framing The Future, the $1.25 million campaign that is set to transform the organization, establish it’s permanent home in the heart of downtown, and align ArtsWorcester with the three imperatives articulated in it’s 2018-2020 strategic plan:
- improve infrastructure
- maximize impact for artists and audiences
- increase financial sustainability
These initiatives, and ArtsWorcester’s presence on Portland Street, is poised to bring cutting edge gallery exhibitions and popular events into Worcester, continuing the momentum that’s supporting the Theatre District, City Square, the Grid, and other investment properties. By “framing” their space in the big picture, ArtsWorcester intends to help make the vision of a vibrant, 18-hour downtown, a reality.
Since 1923, The Davis Family has filled the Printer’s Building with organization’s that share their mission of promoting and inspiring creativity.
“Securing a permanent home for ArtsWorcester will contribute to it’s continued growth and importance to local artists and the greater community” said Julian Davis Wade, whose family kicked off the fundraising with an in-kind gift of $250 thousand dollars, setting the pace for donations that have, as of the event, funded the campaign to more than half of it’s goal.
With a street level gallery of windows that will share exhibiting artists work with the community, to dedicated spaces for performance art, talks, and creative education, tonight’s event was an exciting look into the future of how ArtsWorcester will continue to support contemporary art practices, and the diversity of the artists they feature.
“It’s a big move. Big picture for a big city” said Feibel. “We’re making a shift from a “scrappy” arts organization, to an established arts foundation. Where we’ve been. Where we’re going. Framing our future.”
The first show for the new space is scheduled for Winter 2019, and is slated to be The 15th Annual College Show.
ArtsWorcester is currently seeking contributions to it’s campaign, with commitments available to be paid annually over a 5 year period. For more information on how you can contribute to ArtsWorcester’s Framing The Future Campaign, and for information about ArtsWorcester, please contact the organization by email at [email protected], or by phone at 508-755-5142.
ArtsWorcester is currently located at 660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610.