Worcester Pop UP & Black Box Theater

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What The Worcester PopUP is an exciting new center of community and creativity located in the heart of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts.  The space is comprised of 3,500 historic-storefront square feet that can be used as flexible exhibition, performance, workshop, creative entrepreneurship, co-working, and/or meeting space.  There is also an additional 9,000+ square feet (with a seating capacity of up to 289) devoted to what will be the City’s only black box theater.  The Worcester PopUP is a model of collaborative arts-in-action – the co-creation of a fully accessible resource designed by and for the community and encompassing the leading-edge principals of creative placemaking, including:

 

  • adaptive re-use of existing structures
  • revitalization of challenged neighborhoods
  • creative public-private partnership
  • involvement of artists as chief project designers
  • broad engagement of the public as owners/stakeholders, particularly the underserved
Where The Worcester PopUP is located at 20 Franklin Street, in the former Worcester Telegram & Gazette building and in the heart of the City’s emerging Theatre District.  Overlooking both City Hall and the Worcester Common, the PopUP is a vital part of the smart growth and creative reactivation of the area for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Who The project is a partnership of the Worcester Cultural Coalition (WCC) and the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC)/New Garden Park (NGP).  It is the latest in a series of creative initiatives led by the 20 year-old, 75 member WCC – itself a model as one of the nation’s first partnerships between a City and its cultural organizations.
Why The Worcester PopUP exists to give residents of all ages and backgrounds the access, time, space, and tools to celebrate and share their cultures and to create their futures.  By doing so, it fosters community connection and engagement that in turn, supports the shared goals of economic revitalization, creative engagement for all, and promotion of a strong cultural identity for Greater Worcester.
                                   
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