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Worcester Arts Council

The mission of the Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our city.

WAC accepts grant applications on an annual basis between September 1st and October 15th. Applicants are notified of the Council’s funding decisions in January of the following year. Grants are awarded to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists, as well as community, civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.


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455 Main Street Room 409
Worcester, MA 01608-1800

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

While all projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences will be considered, based on community input gathered in 2023, WAC will give preference to grant applications that align with the following Funding Priorities for FY24:

Project Categories | Projects that focus on Public Art, Musical Performances, Arts Education & Instruction, and programs for all age groups from children to seniors.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access (DEIA) | Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Worcester. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members through a DEIA lens.
Locations | Projects that take place in or benefit areas of Worcester that are historically underserved.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Grant guidelines for WAC’s FY24 grant season can be found on the City of Worcester website by visiting

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
African Community Education Program ACE & Crocodile River Drumming & Dancing Project $4,300
Art in the Park, Worcester Art in the Park, Worcester $5,000
ArtsWorcester, Inc. Nineteenth Annual College Show $5,000
Bastante, Claudia Exploring the sounds of Music $5,000
Building Futures, Inc. BFI 2023 Summer Music Program $3,000
Burgos, Matthew Worcester Portrait Exchange $3,000
Butler, Eric Broadway in Worcester: Education Workshops $5,000
Carboo, Emmanuel Wavvz Dtf Printing workshop $5,000
Center for Nonviolent Solutions, Inc. Walking Tour of Worcester's Peace History $2,420
College of the Holy Cross Refugee Artisans of Worcester: Digital Archive $5,000
Curtin, Curt Creating a bilingual poetry collection for young adults $4,500
Dominguez, David Salvadoran Festival $3,780
Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, Inc. Downtown Worcester Winter Festival 2023 $5,000
First Unitarian Church of Worcester Organ Concert Series at First Unitarian Worcester $3,500
Girls Incorporated of Worcester Music Workshop Series $4,000
Goris, Yasmin Ultraviolet Radiation- A Black Light Art Experience $5,000
Hayes, Tessa Neighborhive Pop Up Art Hives Initiative @ The Village Worcester $5,000
Huynh, Kimberly The Monarch Butterfly and Crane Movement $4,325
Jaskot, Matthew Close and Apart $4,800
Joy of Music Program, Inc. JOMP Children's Chorus $5,000
Jubilee Career Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Jubilee Mobile Arts and Technology School Bus After-school Program $5,000
Kewley, Aimee Into The Woods: Burncoat Travels to UMass $1,905
King, Christopher G Up cycling Textile Waste to Produce Fabric and Clothing $5,000
Kirkpatrick, Patricia Flower Crown's Summer Cyanotype Workshop Series $1,700
L'Esperance, Ashley P. Songwriter's Concert Series at the Creative Hub $5,000
Legendary Legacies, Inc. Where Legacy Begins $5,000
Lipper, Hannah Ceramic Abacus $5,000
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Inc. An Evening Celebrating Great Latin-American Musical Influences $5,000
Mercedes, Elizabeth SENSORY ART GROUP $1,000
Music Worcester, Inc. Vijay Gupta: breaking boundaries through music $5,000
Ortiz, Edmy Flamenco! Tradition, Art & Passion 2023 $5,000
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, Inc. Music Matters, for Elm Park After-School $4,000
Powers, Deborah Worcester Knitty Council Committee $2,100
Push Worcester DIY Paint & Skate $4,500
Seven Hills Foundation & Affiliates, Inc. Creative Movement $4,915
Shivick, Jane Jane Shivick, soprano with Olga Rogach, pianist (haven't decided on a title yet) $5,000
Studio Theatre Worcester, Inc. Theatre: Introductory Class Offerings (Studio Theatre Worcester) $5,000
The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, Inc. Living Exhibit $5,000
The Worcester Center for Crafts, Inc. Community Art $5,000
The Worcester Chapter, American Guild of Organists Italian Organ Recital $1,400
Travieso, Sharinna S. Catch Basin Mural Project $5,000
WCUW, Inc. WCUW's 50th Anniversary Music Series $3,000
WICN Public Radio, Inc. Emerging Artist Series $5,000
Wakabayashi, Mihoko Seed to Fashion $4,035
Worcester Area Mission Society United Church of Christ Summer CUBS: Learning About States of Matter Through Science and Art $500
Worcester Art Museum Southeast Asia Artist-in-Residency Program at WAM $5,000
Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association, Inc. Worcester Caribbean American Carnival $5,000
Worcester Center for Performing Arts, Inc. The WYSH (Worcester Youth Speak Honestly) Project $5,000
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Peter and the Wolf and Hansel and Gretel, a free family concert $5,000
Worcester Community Cable Access, Inc. Central Mass Jazz Fest $5,000
Worcester County Mechanics Association Many Voices – Mechanics Hall Youth Singers Spring & Fall Concerts $5,000
Worcester County Poetry Association, Inc. Rain Poetry: A Walk in the Woo $1,616
Worcester Public Library Foundation The WPL Frances Perkins Branch Library Indoor Mural Program $3,777

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