WORCESTER - The Regional Environmental Council [REC] and Main South Business Association [MSBA] unveiled a new piece of public art in the Main South neighborhood on Tuesday, May 11,
Designed and created by the Main South Business Association, the piece celebrates the neighborhood and welcomes visitors to explore the area, including the strong commercial corridor full of diverse small businesses, community gardens, urban farms, and Castle Park.
Funding for the piece came through MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative [TDI] for Gateway Cities. REC announced it won the $40,000 award through TDI Creative Catalyst Grant, in January 2020.
Other projects supported by this TDI Creative Catalyst grant in Main South include a POW! WOW! mural on the YouthGROW Farm and a recycled fence mosaic art installation at the community garden on Oread Place.
REC and MSBA worked in collaboration with MassDevelopment’s TDI, representatives from the neighborhood, Clark University, the Main South CDC, the City of Worcester, YMCA of Central Mass, and Main South Beacon Brightly Neighborhood Association on the project.
The Regional Environmental Council [REC] works to create a just food system in Worcester. It's major initiatives are YouthGROW, a year-round youth employment and
leadership program for low-income teens on 2 urban farms; UGROW, a network of community and school gardens; the REC Community and Mobile Farmers Markets.
The Main South Business Association [MSBA] is an alliance of local businesses from the Main South commercial corridor that works to promote further economic development within the Main South community.