This series sounds like a great opportunity for our city to discuss our creative incentives and environment here in Worcester. Hope you can attend! – Doreen

Worcester State University will host the second in a two part series, “Art Works: A Public Forum on Creative Economies in Central Massachusetts,” Thurs., Oct. 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ghosh Center ST 102. The series is co-sponsored by the Worcester State College Urban Studies and Visual and Performing Arts Departments.

“We believe the City of Worcester and the greater community have made great strides in nurturing a creative economy,” said Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley.  “Our students and faculty are also very involved in related research and coursework, so it was a natural for the college to host a forum on this topic that is so vital to our economic health.”

The panel will feature local leaders on the cutting edge of building the creative economy and will be hosted by Hank Stolz, Host of “Wake Up Worcester on WCRN/Charter Channel 3.  Panelists include:

Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien stressed the importance of job creation, education and neighborhoods in his inaugural address. The City’s Economic Development Division and Worcester Cultural Coalition have established numerous creative economy initiatives including “The Worcester Way: The Creative City Initiative and the document “The Worcester Way: A Philosophy for City-Making.”  In addition, the city launched the Creative Economy Initiative to assist entrepreneurs and business owners in the development and expansion of creative enterprise and activity in the downtown and along key central corridors to create jobs and enhance the city’s vital creative economy.  O’Brien grew up in Worcester and is a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies from Fordham University, Bronx, NY and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also received EMT paramedic certification from Quinsigamond Community College.

Antonio Fonseca is an artist, painter, printmaker, advocate, organizer, and participant in artist alternative work spaces. A native of Puerto Rico, his work is known for strong political and socio-cultural themes. Fonseca has been awarded several distinctions world wide including winning the Second Biennial of Fine Arts of Casa Roig Museum in Humacao, Puerto Rico and the Cagnes Festival, Cagnsumer France among others. He has exhibited around the world in China, Europe and South America. Fonseca received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (printmaking) from Cornell University.

Dr. Steven Corey is Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Studies at Worcester State University and co-editor the new book The American Urban Reader: History and Theory, with Lisa Krissoff Boehm (New York: Routlege, 2010).  He has served as a research curator for Garbage! The History and Politics of Trash in New York at the New York Public Library and and exhibition scholar for Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free Community at the Worcester Historical Museum.  He earned his PhD. in American History from New York University and his Master of Arts Degree in American History from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Carol B. Donnelly is the Interim Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts, New England’s Center for crafts education, advocacy and entrepreneurship.  Established in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society, the Center forged a tradition for economic empowerment by teaching immigrants the skills needed to create and sell crafts. Today, following an alliance established with Worcester State University in the spring of 2009, the Worcester Center for Crafts is a non-profit, independent, community based arts organization, committed to providing quality craft education, supporting entrepreneurship in the arts, and promoting an appreciation for fine craft.  Donnely also serves as Worcester State University Professor in the Department of Education.  She earned her Ed.D from Boston University, her M.Ed from Harvard University, Her M.A. from University of Miami, Florida and her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.