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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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Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 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.

FY25 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

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
African Community Education Program Drumming and Dancing Lessons at the African Community Education Program $5,000
ArtsWorcester, Inc. The "One" $5,000
Building Futures, Inc. Sounds of Summer $3,500
Butler, Eric A Master Class with Santino Fontana $5,000
Center for Nonviolent Solutions, Inc. Walking Tour of Worcester's Peace History $2,420
Chinese Family Network, Inc. 2024 Spring Festival $3,000
Crocodile River Music, Inc Worcester’s Got African Talent 3.0 $5,000
Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District Downtown Worcester Winter Festival 2024 $5,000
Duda, Travis WAC Fellowship $5,000
Edward Street Child Services, INC Weaving 1,2,3 - Math, Motor Skills, and Masterpieces $5,000
First Unitarian Church Pipes of All Types! Concert Series at First Unitarian Church of Worcester $5,000
Gaffney, Tina WAC Fellowship $5,000
Gardell, Ryan Artifakt Block Party 2.0 $5,000
Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts It's a Girl's World Mural Project $5,000
Girls Incorporated of Worcester After School Theater Club $5,000
Jean-Baptiste, Ferlay WAC Fellowship $5,000
Joy of Music Program, Inc. JOMP in the Community $5,000
Jubilee Career Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Jubilee Mobile Arts and Technolgy School Bus Program $5,000
King, Christopher G Macramé Panel for Main Street $5,000
King, Patricia Artist and Performers Tax Returns $3,125
L'Esperance, Ashley P. Songwriters at the Hub 2024 $5,000
Lasya School of Dance Expressions of India: A Bharatanatyam showcase for the community $5,000
Latin American Business Organization Inc Soy Lo Que Soy (I am What I am): A Latin Musical Journey $5,000
Love Your Labels, Inc. Threads Fashion Design Program & Threads Pop Ups $5,000
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Jazz in the Park: Celebrating Great African-American and Latin/American Musical Influences $5,000
Memnon, Michelle 9th Annual Summer Gospel Fest $3,700
Morello, John R. The Waste Land $5,000
O'Neil, Alex WooFridge Documentary $5,000
Open Door Arts Connecting and Creating Through the Arts $5,000
Open Sky Community Services, Inc. Furniture ART $5,000
Ortiz, Edmy FLAMENCO! Tradition, Art & Passion 2024 $5,000
Ortiz, Eduardo Eduardo Ortiz Latin Concert $5,000
Perez-Robles, Ana The Poet's Cauldron $5,000
Pernet Family Health Service of Worcester, Inc. Impact Art for Kids $3,600
Preservation Worcester, Inc. Let’s Experience Africa $2,496
Render Creative, Inc. After School Arts Club $4,000
Samer, Rox Tip/Alli $4,958
Seven Hills Foundation & Affiliates, Inc. Creative Movement $5,000
Shaner, Bill A People's History of I-290 $5,000
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Inc. Annual Asian Festival $5,000
The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, Inc. Mural: Food is Common Ground $5,000
The Worcester Center for Crafts, Inc. Hot Night in the City Arts Festival $5,000
Union Hill School Union Hill Mural Project $5,000
WICN Public Radio, Inc. Emerging Arts Series-Plus Folk, Bluegrass and more. $5,000
Wakabayashi, Mihoko Seed to Fashion $3,545
Worcester Artist Group, Inc. Bladesmiths of the Blackstone Valley: Selected Works $2,500
Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Association, Inc. Worcester Caribbean American Carnival $5,000
Worcester Center for Performing Arts, Inc. WYSH $5,000
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Family Concert: The Little Mermaid $5,000
Worcester County Mechanics Association Portraits Event for School Children $5,000
Worcester Youth Orchestras, Inc. Four Orchestras Festival $5,000

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