The Campaign for Creative Hub Worcester
at 2 Ionic Ave, Worcester, MA
Born out of duel passions between The Arts and community development, Creative Hub Worcester, the brainchild of Stacy Lord and Laura Marotta, was conceptualized. “We want to create a space where community members can feel safe and supported as they explore the processes of art-making and collaboration, and give a voice to communities and youth who may be silenced or marginalized.”
With Your Help
Click on the capital campaign tab to learn more about how you can help us reach our goal.
We are always looking for volunteers, and donations for our youth programs as well as our art classes and exhibition series. Please contact Laura Marotta at Laura@creativehubworcester.org
Laura Marotta & Stacy Lord
Co-Founders Laura Marotta and Stacy Lord, and a dynamic board are working towards bringing their dreams to life by revitalizing this historic 1920’s four-floor building that was previously the home of the Ionic Ave Boys Club of Worcester, into a dynamic ecosystem of creative offices, a visual arts maker space, classroom space, subsidized childcare, free community events and social services, art gallery, artist studio rentals, and a rooftop event venue for creative and cultural events.
Former 2 Ionic Ave Boys Club
2 Ionic Avenue in Worcester was once a vital community asset. The 1914 building was a safe place for hundreds of children of immigrant families who came to the area during the manufacturing boom. Today, the structure has sat vacant for more than a decade, but the local nonprofit, CHW, is hoping to bring things full circle with creative and cultural programming for the community and beyond.
Here at Creative Hub Worcester, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the city of Worcester a better place for all. Our decision-making process is led by formal and informal conversations and partnerships with the community. We strive to build productive relationships and to make a positive impact through all of our programs.
Creative Hub Worcester along with the Arts and Business Council has already secured $4.5 million in tax credits, $1.1 million in financing, and over 1 million dollars in fundraising. They hope to raise another $500,000 from businesses and others in the community through donations and naming opportunities, and close financing in the winter of 2021. 12 Months of construction and then OPENING!