Allen Court Arts Alley

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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.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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Erik Nasinnyk

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.

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Jon Allen

on has worked extensively throughout the local area as well as New York. Originally from Ashburnham, MA, he received a B.F.A. in Fine Art from Syracuse University in 1998. His first large scale painting commission came in the year of 1996 while transitioning into his junior year of college. A year after graduating he located to New York City where he worked on a variety of professional illustration and fine art. He worked on several large scale mural projects in New York which were both indoors and outdoors. Several years later he relocated back to Massachusetts where he continued his endeavors in large-scale work. In 2012, he partnered with C.C. Lowell of Park Avenue in Worcester in which he painted the dragons that adorns their parking lot.

About the Facilitator

Susan Champeny

Susan creates murals, mosaics, and recycled materials sculpture. Her whimsical and engaging sculptures have shown as nearby as Elm Park in her hometown of Worcester, MA, and as far away as Hilo, HI. She has worked on a number of projects in Worcester, most notably the Wayfinder Initiative in 2007 and a mural for the Crown Hill Historic District to be executed this fall. Her most recent project is the “Snow Saucer Lady Bug,” now on display on a light pole in Washington, DC. Her goal is to inspire, wonder and surprise in the viewer by creating memorable images.

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About the Curator

Mary Tinti

Mary is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on public art. Since 2011, she has worked as the Koch Curatorial Fellow at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Prior to joining the staff at deCordova, she was the first-ever public art fellow at the New England Foundation for the Arts (2010-2011) and the deputy artistic director of WaterFire Providence (2008-2010).

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About PAWG

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The City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Office is leading an effort to increase the amount of publicly accessible art in Worcester. As part of these efforts, staff created a catalogue of existing public art as well as a public art map. In an effort to identify locations and opportunities throughout the city for the installation of additional permanent and/or temporary public art pieces, the Public Art Working Group (PAWG) was established. PAWG advocates for the creation and installation of new publicly accessible art and is currently working to identify possible sites for new public art.

PAWG’s has proposed a three part plan.
  • Commission large-scale public art in the downtown footprint
  • Support local and regional artists in the development of public art throughout the City
  • Encourage and support the engagement of young people and the general public in creating public art
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