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.”
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 with educational programming for underserved youth, installation art gallery, private studio rentals, and a rooftop event venue for creative and cultural events; the only one of its kind in Central Massachusetts.
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.
Fall of 2021
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 $900,000 from businesses and others in the community through donations and naming opportunities, and close financing in the early summer of 2020. The building is due to open in 2021!