New Garden Park, Inc. is excited to announce a second installment of public murals provided by local Worcester County artists in Allen Court Arts Alley. These murals will continue the work of transforming a drab alley into a vibrant, exciting and creative presence in Worcester’s downtown that showcases high-quality temporary murals. The wall of the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette building, the new downtown branch of Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), will continue to house this project. In 2014, Allen Court Arts Alley was generously supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
New Garden Park, Inc. and local community partners collaborated to complete two new large scale murals in Downtown Worcester’s Theatre District on the former Telegram & Gazette (T&G) building at 20 Franklin Street. The murals are located in Allen Court Arts Alley across from Worcester City Hall and the Common. These murals are the latest projects in collaboration with the City of Worcester and the Public Art Working Group (PAWG). The Arts Alley will be a showcase of high-quality temporary murals that reflect the chosen theme which “Celebrates Community and Connectivity”. The goal is to reactivate a deteriorating space into an exciting work of art that engages students, professionals and residents of the downtown area.
The designs were conceived of and created by Worcester county artists. They will be removed in Spring 2015 and a new round of artwork will be installed. One artist was selected through a juried process led by Mary Tinti, Associate Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum. A second artist was invited by the working committee to complement the first work. The artworks are created on sheets of 20 x 30 inch paper and/or rolls of newsprint and adhered to the walls with Wheat-Paste. This method has been has been adopted by street artists, musicians and DYI creators as a non-destructive way to promote their work and beautify a drab urban environment.
The Allen Court Arts Alley project is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.