Sep
3
3:00 pm15:00

POW! WOW! Worcester Block Party presented by Lock 50

Help us celebrate & unwind at the POW! WOW! Worcester bLOCK50 Party on the Worcester Common, Saturday, September 3 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. with food trucks, a beer garden and live music presented by Lock 50! 

Music Lineup:
3PM - Gold Chain Baby
4PM - Rodney Hazard
5PM - OXYMORRONS
6PM - Blue Light Bandits

FREE admission to the general public.

Sep
2
Sep 3

POW! WOW! Worcester - The Closing Party

Help us celebrate the end of POW! WOW! Worcester with the ultimate h̶o̶u̶s̶e̶ p̶a̶r̶t̶y̶ mansion party!  

The newly renovated Bull Mansion on Pearl Street is sponsoring this epic event, complete with a live performance by William Thompson Funk Experiment, local artists, and entertainment from What Collective! 

William Thompson Funk Experiment has become quite the spectacle. A uniquely interactive show experience featuring a group of musical talents that put high stock in making sure you leave feeling uplifted and truly entertained. The band delivers tight, hard-hitting original tunes that have a way of pulling fans right into their fantasy laced world of fun and bewilderment. Catch them here in their hometown of Worcester.

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamThompsonFunkExperiment/?fref=ts

Stay tuned for more details! 

Please note: This is strictly an 18+ event. Guests will be carded at the door so please bring ID. 

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!!! 
Tickets will sell out fast! Buy now so you don't miss out!
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Sep
1
6:00 pm18:00

"Entering Worcester" ARTraiser to Benefit MAIN IDEA

  • Sprinkler Factory

50 Artists. 50 Signs. Worcester Wares sent 50 "Entering Worcester" signs to artists around the world... and then they sent them back! Come see what they created!

Gallery show 6-10pm. Silent auction ends at 9pm

Admission FREE with a $20 suggested donation.

All proceeds to benefit Main IDEA (a free art program for youth ages 8-12 in Main South/Worcester) with a small portion supporting The Sprinkler Factory Artist Group and POW WOW Worcester

Additional donations welcome!

Complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres

- Participating Artists
AARON WHITE
ALICE MIZRACHI
ANTHONY MANCUSO
BALU
BEN MARKLEY
BIG TEEFF
BIRGIT STRAEHLE
BRANDON GEMME
CAPTAIN KRIS
CHRIS RWK
CHRISTINA ANGELINA
DAMIEN MITCHELL
DANA WOULFE
DANIELLE MONTGOMERY
DEME PHIVE
DON HARTMANN
EAMON GILLEN
ERIK NASSINYK
FANAKAPAN
GHOSTBEARD
HANK VONHELLION
HERB SMITH
HIMBAD
IENA CRUZ
IVAN ROQUE
JALLEN
JESSICA RICHLAND
JOHN VO
JPO ART
KOOOL KOJAK
MAIN IDEA
MICHELLE MAY
MIKE MEYERS
MR NVR
MURRZ
NEENERPANTS
NIO
PATCH WHISKY
RAMIRO DAVARO
ROYCER
RYAN GARDELL
RYAN JARVIS
SCOTT BOILARD
TOMMY VO
TONY BOY
VETERANS INC
ZERO PRODUCTIVITY
ZUKIE

Aug
31
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk with ASKEW ONE

  • EcoTarium
Hear from POW! WOW! Worcester Artist ASKEW ONE from New Zealand as he gives insight on the creative process and the life of an artist. The discussion will be facilitated by Artist Caleb Neelon. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions at the end. Learn more about ASKEW at www.askew1.com

Hear from POW! WOW! Worcester Artist ASKEW ONE from New Zealand as he gives insight on the creative process and the life of an artist. The discussion will be facilitated by Artist Caleb Neelon. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions at the end. Learn more about ASKEW at www.askew1.com

Aug
30
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk with Tavar Zawacki

  • Bull Mansion
Hear from POW! WOW! Worcester Artist Tavar Zawacki from Germany as he gives insight on the creative process and the life of an artist. The discussion will be facilitated by Pedro Alonzo. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions at the end. The event is free and open to the public! Learn more about Tavar Zawacki at www.goabove.com

Hear from POW! WOW! Worcester Artist Tavar Zawacki from Germany as he gives insight on the creative process and the life of an artist. The discussion will be facilitated by Pedro Alonzo. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions at the end. The event is free and open to the public! Learn more about Tavar Zawacki at www.goabove.com

Aug
27
8:00 pm20:00

Secret Walls Worcester, MA

Secret Walls is coming to Worcester: Massachusetts vs. The World. Join us as artists go head to head in a timed art battle!

Battle Location – To Be Announced (It’s a secret)

Tickets - $5.00 at the door (18+ event)

Doors open at 8:00 p.m.; Battle starts at 9:00 p.m.

*entry subject to venue capacity. arrive early

Music by Green Village

What is Secret Walls?
Secret Walls is the World’s premier live black & white only illustration battle. Battles take place between 2 teams of artists. Secret Walls began back in 2006 in a small bar in East London; it was small, and intimate yet had the potential to be so much more. Years of hard work, dedication and a strong following has meant Secret Walls has pushed the boundaries and raised the bar for artists and promoters alike on an international stage. Boasting experience in major cities including NYC, London, Lisbon, Berlin, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Dublin, Amsterdam and many more, proves that there really isn’t a stage big enough for the groundbreaking and award-winning event.

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE COMPETITION
90 minutes on the battle clock
• Only black special markers and black acrylic paint can be used as battle weapons
• No pencils / sketches should be on stage or used as reference
• Battles are judged by 2 neutral guest judges + crowd vote (using a decibel reader)
• GO BIG OR GO HOME!

Follow on twitter at: @SecretWalls @POWWOWWorcester
#SECRETWALLS #PAINTWILLSPILL #POWWOWWorcester

Aug
26
Aug 27

Festival Kickoff Fiesta!

  • Mezcal Tequila Cantina

10 MURALS. 10 DAYS. 
Join us on Friday, August 26 for Festival Kickoff Fiesta, the Official Opening Reception of POW! WOW! Worcester. Come meet local and international artists, as well as the committee behind POW! WOW! Worcester. Guests will enjoy a private cash bar, which will include signature POW! WOW! Worcester cocktails, as well as complimentary apps throughout the evening. 

POW! WOW! Worcester is anticipated to bring over 10,000 new visitors to Worcester; with only 100 tickets available for the Opening Reception, tickets will sell out fast. Tickets are just $15.00. Don't miss out!

BUY TICKETS HERE

Aug
26
Aug 28

Nine Dot "Sweatshop"

  • Nine Dot Gallery

During POW! WOW! Worcester, Nine Dot Gallery will present an installation highlighting the blue-collar nature of Worcester. The gallery will be distressed and physically converted to create a dialogue on dreams, labor, and sweat equity. Artist & Gallery Owner John Vo will be live painting and altering clothes for the three day duration, August 26-28 from 6-10 p.m. Free Admission to All!

Check out a short trailer highlighting the work going into creating this gallery installation >> https://vimeo.com/177404338

Aug
26
Sep 4

POW! WOW! Worcester

  • Worcester, MA 01608 United States

Pow! Wow! Worcester Events

OPENING RECEPTION:
Featuring live music and the opportunity for the community to welcome internationally known muralists

MURAL CURATION:
The completion of 10+ large scale murals that will beautify the downtown area

ARTIST TALKS:
Participating artists & local curators hosted at local cultural institutions and open to the community

COMMUNITY ART PROJECTs:
A collaboration between artists and local youth

ANNUAL ART RAISER:
 Auction of artist-prepared pieces with proceeds going toward a local youth or city arts project

WRAP UP BLOCK PARTY:
A community block party featuring live performances, food trucks, painting,and exclusive merchandise to commemorate the event

Aug
22
6:00 pm18:00

POW! WOW! Worcester Study Hall

  • Brew on the Grid

Join the POW! WOW! Worcester planning committee for an informal public assembly to learn more about this public art initiative. We welcome questions and respectful open dialogue.

We are honored to have Donald Fisher "3 Bears" Nihawe Pawkuawasa and Supreme Sachem Billy "Winds of Thunder" Guy from The Affiliated Tribes of New England Indians who will give a blessing immediately after our informal discussion.

This event is free and open to general public at downtown Worcester's newest coffee shop Brew on the Grid.

Come one, come all!

Aug
21
11:00 am11:00

A Brief History of American Mural Art - Walking Tour

  • Worcester Public Library

An Introduction to American mural art history through a selection of Worcester’s downtown murals.

Tours leave from the Worcester Public Library (Library Lane entrance) and ends in the Hanover Theatre parking lot.

Each tours runs 1.5 hours and will take place on Sunday August 21st at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

$10 per person. All proceeds from this event will benefit POW! WOW! Worcester. Limit 10 people per tour. Please use Eventbrite link to reserve your ticket today:

TICKETS

Downtown Worcester is home to a microcosm of America’s mural history. Public art has responded to various social, economic, and political needs around the United States of America throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The tour begins with an overview of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), a program that was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was during this time that America’s public art collection boomed. These government commissioned works depicted grand landscapes, agricultural fields, and Americans hard at work. During the 60s and 70s, as racial tensions, escalated murals served as a tool of expression, empowering Latino and Black populations with images of great leaders of color. These murals were mostly concentrated in urban centers including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and New York. In 1984, Jane Golden spearheaded the Anti-Graffiti Network in Philadelphia and started a youth program that channeled graffiti writer’s efforts towards public art projects. This program evolved into the nations largest mural program. Consequently, street art, a contemporary art movement essentially started by children, evolved and grew acceptance into the fine art world.

More recently, a global movement to celebrate the arts and culture has inspired communities to host entire festivals dedicated to this art form. Jasper Wong privately founded the POW! WOW! mural festival brand in Hong Kong and then Hawaii in 2011. Worcester will be hosting New England's first POW! WOW! Worcester mural festival this year! Today's mural art is a product of all that came before it, these large-scale works of art celebrate values of equity and expression, as well as, generate thoughtful dialogue to inspire progress. This tour delves into the history of American mural art nationally and highlights local efforts towards these movements.

Research for this tour was supported by the College of the Holy Cross Summer Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts Program

Meet your AWESOME tour guide - Sarah!

Meet your AWESOME tour guide - Sarah!

Aug
17
5:30 pm17:30

Path to POW! WOW! Worcester After Work Social

  • Mezcal Tequila Cantina

Join friends of POW! WOW! Worcester for a custom cocktail and learn more about how you can get involved in Worcester's first international mural festival. From now until POW! WOW! Worcester, each one of Niche Hospitality Group's four Worcester restaurants will feature a special drink menu inspired by the mural festival. Niche will donate $2 for each drink sold in support of POW! WOW! Worcester. Help us #PaintTheTownTonight on August 17th at Mezcal Cantina and each day thereafter throughout the summer at Mezcal Cantina, Bocado Tapas Bar, The Citizen Wine Bar, and The Fix! The countdown to POW! WOW! Worcester is on so let's also get our drink on. Cheers!