If you live in Worcester, you probably love the city for the number of creative opportunities it offers community members. I personally love how I have multiple options per week to attend gallery openings, artist talks, or other creative cultural events. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite places in the city for creative enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a way to spend your Friday night or Saturday afternoon, I’m sure there’s something on this list that will spark your interest.
* Disclaimer: This list is a compilation of my (Alli’s) favorite creative places and spaces in Worcester. If your favorite wasn’t listed, chances are I either haven’t been to it, or have but don’t have enough experience to talk about it! Comment what your favorite space is if it wasn’t listed - I’m always trying to further educate myself on what Worcester has to offer!
1.) Sprinkler Factory
Believe it or not, I’ve been living in Worcester for five years now and just recently went to the Sprinkler Factory for the first time. I instantly fell in love with it, though. The space is beautiful, the employees are super kind, and the artwork is gorgeous. It’s a bit of a trek from Downtown, but it’s definitely worth the drive. I’ve been there to see one of their past shows, “Signals,” and then went again recently to see a showing of “The Room” with Greg Sestero. Always a good time, and a plus is that you can grab some Kraftea Kombucha downstairs when you visit!
2.) Arts Worcester
Arts Worcester is definitely an artist staple in the city. Their gallery space is incredible and they have so many great opportunities for artists. There’s always workshops and artist talks in the books, which are super fun to attend, and they support their community and members in so many different ways. Definitely worth it to check out their space and consider becoming a member!
It’s always a fun time at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Whether you’re looking to take a class, view art in a gallery setting, or shop the work of local artists, the Craft Center has it all! They also have plenty of outdoor space which makes summer events at their venue super fun. Whether you’re interested in photography, ceramics, glass blowing, or more, the Worcester Center for Crafts has it all.
Below is a (dated) video I made at a previous internship about the Worcester Center for Crafts! Check it out to get an inside look at what the space has to offer.
Photo taken from Trip Advisor
4.) The WorcShop
The WorcShop is super awesome makerspace in Worcester that specializes in things such as welding and blacksmithing, but also has opportunities for artists to learn a variety of other crafts. They have plenty of affordable workshops for the community and also opportunities to become a member! They also have monthly Indie Artmarts at Beatnik’s on Park Ave that features local artisans and makers. Check the next one out before the holidays!
Photo taken from Meetup.com
5.) The Worcester Art Museum
The WAM is definitely one of the coolest places in the city. It has so many incredible works of art, ranging from artists such as Monet, Gauguin, and Cassatt. The WAM is a fun space to spend a short afternoon in, or to dedicate an entire weekend to. They also have plenty of events and opportunities for artists happening within the museum, as well. Also, if you attend college in the city, you receive free admission!
6.) C.C. Lowell
CC Lowell is a great spot to pick up art supplies, shop for a card or gift, or explore information about art within the city! They have a wide range of materials available to shop from and so many cool treasures. My personal favorite product of theirs is the posters that they keep in stock. CC Lowell is the perfect place to shop for anything art-related and an awesome way to support a local Worcester business!
Fun fact: It’s also America’s oldest art store!
Photo taken from TripAdvisor.com
7.) Cinema Worcester
Cinema Worcester has tons of opportunities for the community to view independent and foreign films (as well as “cult classics, family fare, and overlooked gems from cinema history” - per their website) at a low cost and in some pretty cool locations (ranging from the Park View Room to Greater Good Imperial Brewing to the Sprinkler Factory!). Films that have been shown include Amazing Grace, The Room, Wild Rose, and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. I’m especially excited for their director’s cut showing of Midsommar on December 7th! Check out their website for screening times and more information about the organization.
Photo taken from Instagram.com