Oct
19
8:00 AM08:00

Walk for Freedom

Walk will be rallying at the worcester Common oval for an hour from 8 am to 9am. During which, we will be announcing all those who have partnered with us.

 We believe that we can make a difference, and it starts with us. A21 is a global anti-human trafficking organization. We believe in a world without slavery. For 10 years now, they have rolled up their sleeves and set their feet to action. Why? Because in a single moment a number can turn into a name, a tragedy into a victory, and a belief into an action.

Freedom.
That's our goal for every human being on the planet.

(This will be Worcesters 3rd year Hosting the Walk for Freedom)



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Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

"I Am More: Massachusetts " The Portrait Work of Amy Kerr Opening reception

Join us for the first public unveiling of I Am More: Massachusetts--20 portrait paintings by Amy Kerr of individuals from all over Massachusetts to remind us that we are more than our life challenges. Each portrait is displayed with an accompanying essay by the subject about all the ways they are more than their mental illness, physical disability, health diagnosis or life situation. 

The I Am More: Massachusetts Opening Exhibit is hosted by Worcester PopUp at 20 Franklin Street in Worcester and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will be on display at Worcester PopUp through November 7 during gallery hours.

Event info url - https://amykerrdrawsportraits.wordpress.com

 

Event contact information:

 

Amy Kerr

I Am More

amykerrdraws@gmail.com

978-496-5646

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Drag: A Drag Ball For The LGBTQIA + Community

The Drag Ball is a space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) in the Worcester area to come, meet other folks in the community, dress up as they wish, and dance/mingle. Drag as an art form is an important cultural piece of the LGBTQIA+ community's identity and history which promotes authenticity in one's expression of their unique identity.

Please bring old clothes that you have to donate to our clothing rack for others to use for the night so that they can feel flawless and like their most authentic selves! ♥

This will be a sober event. This event will be hosted by SWAGLY [Program of AIDS Project Worcester], in collaboration with two of Clark University's LGBTQ+ groups -- PRISM and their QTPOC group.

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Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Halloween Youth Concert & Art Night

Come out to create art and listen to local, young talent at the Worcester PopUp, while creating your own Halloween mask, decorating a spooky treat, or painting your own work of art! Youth musicians ages 10-17 will be performing solos, duos, and ensembles in various genres; the evening will also feature various art activity booths for youth and teens, complementary refreshments, and a silent auction of visual art created by local teen artists! Halloween costumes encouraged!

It is through the arts that these young performers will be helping to make the arts accessible to many more youth in Worcester! Proceeds from the event will go toward local nonprofit Main IDEA Youth & Arts to help provide arts programs for under-resourced youth in Worcester.

Tickets: $10 (ALL non-performers), purchased at the door.

Unable to come? Make a donation instead at: https://www.mainidea.org/donate/

Street parking may be found around the Worcester PopUp building (20 Franklin Street), as well as the following parking garages:
- Worcester Public Library Parking (recommended; $1/hr)
- Federal Plaza Garage
- The Mercantile Center Garage
- The Worcester Common Garage

To audition to perform for this event (ages 10-17 only), click here: https://forms.gle/2QdZsn9jWmuEE7Mc8

Huge thank you to our Concert Sponsors, YPWA Worcester!

Hosted by Main Idea

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Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

How to Play Shekere

- Please come join us for a fun-filled time learning how to play shekere: a very easy technique that is fun to learn on this instrument.
- After learning the basic technique, I will teach you some entry level patterns in different rhythms 6/8 and 4/4 and samba in 2/4. I will also teach you some tricks and different textures of sound on the shekere.

Shekeres will be available for participating students When: June 8th 4-6pm
Where: Worcester pop up - 20 Franklin St. Worcester

- If registration exceeds 15 students, then a second class will begin from 6-8pm same day.
- Class will be $25.00 with a 20% discount for students with an active or current student I.D.
- I have created many shekere workshops and clinics, the most notable being in the percussion department at the Berklee School of Music and Alan Tauber’s Drum Connections
- sign ups can be done through me in messenger on Facebook or email at Wamcards@comcas.net - Payment can be made at the door. of the worcester pop up cultural center

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Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Open Mic

Patrice Peris Voice Studios is excited to to be hosting its first ever open-mic night at The Worcester PopUp! Come see a fabulous line-up of our artists performing a variety of songs from Top 40 Hits all the way to Broadway Tunes! 


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Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

For All the Tea in Zhōngguó: a poetry reading by Rodger Martin

WCPA president Rodger Martin will read poems from his latest volume, "For All the Tea in Zhōngguó." Joining him will be a teacher from the Bancroft School who will read the poems in Chinese. The book has, in two parts, Rodger's poems which have been published in China over the past three decades, and Chinese New Pastoral poets who he has collaborated with and published in the U.S. over the same period. Rodger will be reading poems in English, and while the Bancroft instructor will be reading in Mandarin.

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Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Nataiwi Products Launch/ Pop Up!

 NATAIWI PRODUCTS is having it's FIRST "Brick and Mortar" launch! Guest will get to touch and smell our amazing hair, body and skin products in person! We will also have a limited supply of FREE samples and be raffling a gift bag! So come a be a "NATAIWI Beauty", enjoy some music and light refreshments!

we are new to Worcester and are looking to have a physical connection to our new community. We also want to show that we are a small vibrant women of color owned business. Our products focus on a healthier options for hair, skin and body. We use products that are good for body and mind.

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Dec
6
to Dec 19

Not Your Grandmother's Ashtray: Contemporary Art Enamel by Peter Grigg and Jennifer Davis Carey

Enameling is the fusing finely ground, richly colored glass onto metal. Work in this medium has evolved from exclusively the realm of household décor and fine jewelry to that of contemporary art.

NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S ASHTRAY features the work of Jennifer Davis Carey and Peter Grigg. The exhibit considers enamel as means of personal expression and presents the range of techniques available to practitioners of this ancient craft.

This show runs from the 6th to the 19th

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Dec
7
1:00 PM13:00

Pre-Holiday Art Show

The Pre-Holiday Art Show & Sale will showcase original artwork from me and few other artists. The show will offer customers unique art to give to their friends and family for the holidays. Stop by for unique artwork and custom creative holiday gifts.

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Outbound Film Screening W/ Director Colin Langford

This event will be the first public screening of the Boston-based Indie Crime Drama, "Outbound". We are inviting all to come out and watch the story of a young man who is slowly pulled into the dark criminal world of his father. The film offers commentary and perspective on purpose, fate, business, love, artistry, the severance of relationships, and other topics in the backs of everyone's mind in today's society.

 We want to showcase what can be accomplished on a low budget, and inspire other artists to use everything and anything they have to begin their creative careers.

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Vogue Worcester

The Vouge Ball. 
Voguing has evolved since its beginning and continues to be developed further as an established dance form that is practiced in the LGBTTQ+ scene and gay clubs in big cities throughout the United States. This event will bring the history and information to Worcester by showcasing, informing and small lessons to end in a mini ball get together as seeing in: Paris is Burning, Pose Fx and How do I look, documentary from 2006.



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Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

WEJA Fall Kick Off

 We welcome the community to join us for our kick off event! We hope to share with the community who we are and what we stand for, invite the community to join us in the movement for education justice, and in creating the public schools our students deserve, and to come together for fun, food, music, games, and activities! We want to hear your vision for education justice in Worcester!

 After an inactive period, WEJA wants to let the community know we are back in action. To do so we want to launch in a way that brings people together to share space, food, music, and have fun together. Building a long term movement for social change must be based in a level of cultural organizing that brings people from across the city together to get to know each other. At the same time, we hope to bring people into our work, and so along with the food, music, and fun games, we will also provide space for those who come to share their ideas, their visions, and help guide us in the direction that our work should go in. Our work must be informed by the needs of the community, and we must build up our base by bringing people together to share culture as well as engage in the work.

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Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Latino History Project : Lo Sagrado/The Sacred

Latino/Hispanic cultures are made up of the descendants of original native populations, as well as descendants of the Europeans that conquered the Americas with a significan ancestral connection to African populations that were brought over as part of the slave economy. These cultures each brought with them unique symbols and practices that informed how people encountered God.

The Latino History Project of Worcester will provide a visual representation of the social identity that makes up the formation of the The Sacred. The exhibit will include Alters, photographs and articles of the Latino experience in Worcester.

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Oct
3
4:00 PM16:00

"Carnaval - A Family Affair, Oaxaca, Mexico" The photography of Anne Diamond McNevin

Join us Thursday from 4 to 6 pm for a casual reception with the artist or come down during office hours to explore the pictured world of Carnival.

Art Exhibit: Carnaval Wedding Celebration In Oaxaca Mexico. Carnaval is a joyous fun filled event for families and visitors to San Martine Tilcajete. In this region, largely inhabited by the Zapotec people there have always been three recognized genders: male, female and muxe. The faux wedding celebration occurring during Carnaval includes a representation of the three genders. A muxe is someone born male but develops the aesthetics, work and social skills of a woman. In this town gender fluidity has been recognized and accepted for at least 2500 years by its Zapotec residents. The Zapotec think that gender or sexual orientation is in God's hands. They are as accepting of nonbinary as they are of cisgender people. Many of the photos are of the transformation from young man to beautiful bride. Grandparents, parents and siblngs participate in the transformation. With a great deal of humor, love, patience and high spirits this tradition, which began when the Spaniards came to Mexico in the 1500s continues today.

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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Jam Session with Silkroad

Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with the Silkroad Ensemble, invites community musicians with diverse musical and cultural traditions to participate in an evening of music making and cultural exchange with members of Silkroad.

Originally founded by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad brings together a global collective of musicians who share their unique musical and cultural traditions. Likewise, participants are encouraged to bring a simple tune from their tradition to share with others.

This is a free event, and a reception will follow for participants and their families.

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Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Woo! Comix Con

Woo! Comix is a new central MA independent comics convention where original, self-published comic & zine makers can show and sell their works! Event will feature a zine workshop, artist talks and original artwork for sale. 


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Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Brick and Mortar: PopUp Clothing Sale and Art Exhibit

Back Alley Clothing and the Worcester PopUp present “Brick and Mortar” — an in-person sale of Back Alley Clothing’s line of merchandise along with a one-day exhibit of artist Alli Jutras’s work.

Back Alley Clothing is a clothing company specializing in upcycled and artistically designed garments and was created to bring the idea of upcycling to Worcester, MA through vintage, thrifted, and custom designed clothing and art. The brand consists of pieces that are thrifted, re-worked and re-designed, and then marketed to the greater Worcester community, as well as to various fashion communities online.

Back Alley Clothing is for anyone who loves to stand out from the crowd, has an appreciation for art, holds a “DIY” mentality, or wants to wear fashionable pieces while aiming to make our planet a better place.

Alli Jutras is an artist, writer, and photographer from York, Maine and now based out of Worcester, MA.

In her artist statement, she writes:

Art, to me, is representing yourself  through any means possible. I’ve been practicing art since I was a child, and have used my passion to cope with my experiences and inner thoughts. My work is very personal to me, as it often addresses issues relating to mental health. I use art as a coping mechanism, so it is often highly reflective of my inner thoughts and feelings. Often times, art is my preferred method of communication regarding these issues.

A lot of my work incorporates mixed media and integrating found objects into my work is also a common practice of mine. My surroundings are a huge inspiration for my work, and I generate a lot of ideas from my Worcester and York, Maine communities.

My art is still growing and revolving, just like me. The risk taking never stops and the opportunities are endless.

For more information, check out Back Alley Clothing on Instagram and Facebook. Also, find Alli Jutras’s work on Facebook or on her website.

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Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

"Tropical/Temperate" One Day PopUp Exhibition

"Tropical/Temperate" features new and existing works from artists Jennifer Teo, of the social art collective Post-Museum in Singapore, and Richard Streitmatter-Tran, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Both artists have been selected for this year’s Southeast Asia Artists-in-Residence program at the Worcester Art Museum, made possible with the support of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts and the Indochina Arts Partnership. Occurring midway into their six-week residency in Worcester, Streitmatter-Tran will debut new works examining visual intersections between his upbringing in Massachusetts and his professional practice in Vietnam, while Teo will exhibit works from her community-based project, Worcester Really Really Free Market, as well as from past RRFMs held in various other cities around the world.

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Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

The Worcester Cultural Plan: How The Creative Community Can Get Involved

Join the Worcester Cultural Coalition as they convene to discuss the Worcester Cultural Plan, its impact, and how the creative community can get involved. The discussion will be framed from the perspective of local nonprofits and cultural organizations but all members of the creative community are encouraged to attend. City Manager, Ed Augustus will open the event.

Sponsored by The Office of the City Manager, Cultural Development Division, Worcester Cultural Coalition and Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

#makearteverywhere

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Notre Dame Bell Memorial Park Charrette

The Save Notre Dame Alliance and the City of Worcester invite the public to participate in an open charrette for a possible Notre Dame des Canadiens Bell Memorial Park.  We will turn the Worcester Pop-up into a creative space where anyone can contribute their ideas and images.  There are several potential sites for the park - 

the Worcester Common, the downtown Worcester public library, a small parcel next to the former church site, another downtown location, or, come and submit your own ideas for the location and design of the park.  

Participants will be able to provide ideas and drawings for each.   


Additionally, the SNDA are throwing out the grand idea of 'what if the entire Notre Dame site was a public park?'  If you'd like to contribute to that - come and participate. 


The ideas and material generated on the 6th will stay up on the walls at the Pop-Up through Tuesday, Sept. 10th.   Everyone is welcome to come down on the 7th and the 10th and see what was submitted and add additional items.  (the Worcester Pop-Up is closed Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9)

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Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Smash Cancer Silent Auction Opening Reception

Worcester Pop-Up will be opening its doors to the those interested in making a difference or even just observing art with purpose. Medical professionals, artists, cancer fights, survivors, and those who have been affected by this disease are invited to a free event showcasing and auctioning artwork created by local talent on the night of the Smash Cancer figure drawing session. [https://www.telegram.com/news/20190722/smash-cancer-model-strikes-natural-pose-at-worcester-popup?rssfeed=true]

60% of proceeds will go to PanCAN pancreatic cancer research fund, while the rest will go to support Worcester Pop-Up initiatives.

Local refreshments, entertainment and live music will make for a wonderful evening centered around supporting the fight against cancer: specifically one that does not get as much recognition as breast cancer.

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Connection Workshop

Artist Connection Workshop

Join the Worcester Public Schools for an open discussion on how artists can get involved with the students and curriculums of the Worcester Public School system. Musicians, visual artists, writers, and other creatives are encouraged to participate.

  Presented by the City of Worcester Cultural Development Office, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Cultural Coalition and WPS in support of the Worcester Cultural Plan . This free event is open to the public and takes place Wednesday, August 28th at the Worcester PopUp, beginning at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Culture@WorcesterMA.gov by August 24, 2019.

 View the complete cultural plan here.

http://www.worcesterma.gov/uploads/df/11/df11b30f1481ce6a9d8f5edef1e97abf/cultural-plan.pdf

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Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Join yoga teacher Justine and the Worcester PopUp for this series of yoga classes! Each class is 75 minutes in length an all levels are welcome to join. Participants are asked to bring their own mat. 

Donations are welcomed to help sustain these classes in the Worcester community!

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Join yoga teacher Justine and the Worcester PopUp for this series of yoga classes! Each class is 75 minutes in length an all levels are welcome to join. Participants are asked to bring their own mat. 

Donations are welcomed to help sustain these classes in the Worcester community!

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Aug
8
10:00 AM10:00

EcoTarium Free School Readiness Program

Get Ready for School with the EcoTarium for free! Spend an afternoon in a pretend classroom The Worcester PopUp with hands-on activities, self-guided exhibits and real science tools that will help children and adults feel excited and ready for school. Parent and caregiver resources provided by the EcoTarium and community partners. #WorcesterCulturalCoalition #MakeArtEverywhere #TheWorcesterPopUp


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Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Join yoga teacher Justine and the Worcester PopUp for this series of yoga classes! Each class is 75 minutes in length an all levels are welcome to join. Participants are asked to bring their own mat. 

Donations are welcomed to help sustain these classes in the Worcester community!

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Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

"Waiting" Closing Reception: The Photography Of Eric Nichols

Exhibition of photography.

Waiting

Growing up I was always told that when I reached adulthood I would get a fulltime job, buy a car, a house, and have a family of my own.  Things have changed however.  People are starting “life” at a later age, we spend longer in school accruing debt, and we put off major life decisions such as buying a home or getting married.  People are waiting for the American dream, but that dream feels far away in this economic climate, laden with debt from our education and complicated by a lack of employment.  Full time, stable employment, affordable healthcare, and a retirement plan were once reasonable expectations.  However, these things are no longer guaranteed.  This combination of factors has created a generation of young adults burdened by debt and unable to meet the expectations of “the American dream.”  The millennial generation is stuck, delayed in the transition between adolescence and adulthood. 

The reality of my adulthood is very different from the expectation I had imagined in my early 20’s, this project is an attempt to cope with the disillusionment.  Using my camera, I capture the minor imperfections contained in domestic everyday life, there is a genuine impact the unfulfilled expectations have on the individual psyche and domestic relationships.  My lack of resources to improve my situation doesn’t speak to a flaw in my character but to the lack of time, energy, and money that makes having that picture of perfect domestic life unobtainable.

These moments of imperfection show a lack of the ideal domestic life, but also create traces of the life I live in the space.  These moments create a unique self-portrait, a portrait of the things left unfinished, broken and in semi-functional states.  My work sheds light on the reality that lies just under the surface that is there for anyone to see.

This exhibit will only be available to view until August 1st. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the body of work as intended by the photographer.

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Jul
31
6:30 PM18:30

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Join yoga teacher Justine and the Worcester PopUp for this series of yoga classes! Each class is 75 minutes in length an all levels are welcome to join. Participants are asked to bring their own mat. 

Donations are welcomed to help sustain these classes in the Worcester community!

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Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Too Darn Hot! A Celebration of 150 Years of Burlesque

Join the Worcester Pop Up and local burlesque dancer Lady LaRouge for a day celebrating BURLESQUE!

"What is burlesque?" you ask -
In the beginning part of the afternoon, Hedonistic {Her}story, we will dive deep into the
history of the art form, famous dancers, bedazzling costumes, and how these scintillating performances
fit into American culture over the past 150 years.
This presentation will include LOTS of links to Worcester's ever-thriving theatre scene!

After our submersion into the history side,
Lady LaRouge will lead a workshop teaching attendees the basic bump n' grind moves in Daring Dancing: Burlesque 101
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
ALL GENDERS, SIZES, etc WELCOME, BURLESQUE IS FOR EVERYONE!
However, if you're staying to dance, please dress comfortably & bring a water bottle.

Come to one or both sections to celebrate 150 years of "sin - inducing wriggles."

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Jul
25
12:00 PM12:00

Succession Planning & Growth - Cooperative Ownership

This event is announcing a partnership with City of Worcester’s Office of Economic Development.

Attendees will find out more about cooperative and employee ownership, and how to get your company or community involved.

Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Co Hosted by City of Worcester’s Office of Economic Development.

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Jul
23
1:00 PM13:00

Teach No Evil Demo Workshop

Educators will have the opportunity to pilot the very first No Evil Project curricular activity! The No Evil Project is a nonprofit organization that uses art and humor to challenge stereotypes and help people find commonality and understanding despite cultural, socio-economic, religious, racial, gender, physical and mental health, occupational, political, and ethnic among other differences. It incorporates social justice and social-emotional learning, which can be utilized in schools seeking to promote and/or maintain positive climate and culture, as well as social change. The Project includes curriculum resources and activities including themes of identity exploration and anti-bullying, that teachers can bring back to their schools and classrooms, and encourages new conversations with both colleagues and students. This workshop will take teachers through the introductory lesson and activity, which includes photos, discussion and reflection.

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Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

Smash Cancer! Figure Drawing Class

The PopUp is dedicated to supporting the creative community in spirit and in action. Courtney Young, a regular figure model in her earlier life, was recently diagnosed with stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer right around her 30th birthday. She is undergoing a double mastectomy on July 23rd. After undergoing eight aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and as part of her journey to victory, she’s excited to pose the day before her surgery as a way to celebrate “her body and her most natural state,” as she puts it.

We would love to see the creative community come together and do what it does best: support an artist via an outpouring of art and community spirit. We hope to draw talented artist from around the city who’s work from the evening will be used as the basis for a PopUp exhibit.

All artist must bring their own drawing supplies, easels, and drawing boards. This will be a nude figure drawing class with two separate poses. Please keep this in mind and remain respectful.

In the spirit of community and healing, there is no cost to participate.

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Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

City of Worcester Commission on Disability Film Screening

Join the City of Worcester Commission on Disability for a special documentary screening of Lives Worth Living, a film by Eric Neudel. 
People with disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the United States. But for most of American history, they occupied a sub-class of millions without access to everyday things most citizens take for granted: schools, apartment buildings, public transportation, and more. 

After World War II, however, things began to change, thanks to a small group of determined people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like anyone else, and to liberate all disabled Americans of the limitations their government refused to accommodate.

Lives Worth Living traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. This film is an oral history, told by the movement's mythical heroes themselves, and illustrated through the use of rare archival footage.

This event is one of a series of events hosted by the Commission on Disability to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities. For more information and to request accommodations contact disabilities@worcesterma.gov or 508-799-8486

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