The Worcester Center for Crafts Board unanimously voted to approve Carol B. Donnelly as Interim Director of the Center at its meeting, Wed., Aug. 12.  Donnelly has served on the Worcester Center for Crafts Board for the past 12 years and as its board president for 2005-2006.  “We are so delighted Carol is serving in this role,’ said Worcester Center for Crafts Board Chair Bill O’Neil.  “She brings a solid history with the center, passion for the work and vision for the future to this post.”  After forming an alliance with Worcester State College in June, the Worcester Center for Crafts is also proud to announce that it will be offering glass courses at its New Street Glass Studio in September.

Donnelly has also served as Chair of Membership for the Worcester Art Museum and as a Professor of Education at Worcester State College since 1997.  She said her primary goals for the coming year are to build a fiscally sound center; re-build the craft community and expand the constituency of the center.  “The alliance with Worcester State College is one of the most exciting developments at the center during my tenure,” said Donnelly.  “I see a bright future for this venerable institution. Our first step is to begin offering glass courses at our wonderful New Street Studio.”

The 8,000 square foot New Street Studio features a three-station hot shop with a brand new 535 pound Correll Glass furnace, a state of the art 10 station flame shop, a fully equipped cold shop and a flat shop for fusing, slumping, casting and stained glass work.  Courses include Glassblowing I, Glassblowing II, Beadmaking I, Beadmaking II, Techniques in Stained Glass; Introduction to Stained Glass, Teen Glassblowing,  Friday Night Fun with Beadmaking, and Friday Night Fun with Glassblowing.  To register for classes and directions to the studio, visit the website at http://www.worcestercraftcenter.org <http://www.worcestercraftcenter.org>  or call Jake Vincent at the Glass Studio at 508-757-1424.  “We are happy to be up and running and look forward to welcoming students back into this studio,” said Jake Vincent, Worcester Center for Crafts Department Head of the Glass Studio.

The alliance between the Worcester Center for Crafts and Worcester State College was finalized with a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Center for Crafts in June.  Board members have been meeting through the summer to oversee future plans for the 153-year-old Craft Center, which entered a “strategic pause,” last winter.  “We are committed to the long-term health and vitality of this gem of Worcester,” said Board President Bill O’Neil.

The alliance, which officially commenced on July 1, 2009, follows months of strategic planning by the Worcester Center for Crafts and Worcester State College and the Worcester State College Foundation.  The Worcester State College Board of Trustees voted unanimously May 1, 2009 to form the alliance with the Worcester Center for Crafts.

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