The first POW! WOW! Worcester in 2016 focused mainly on downtown Worcester, as international and local artists painted murals on walls at places such as the DCU Center, Mechanics Hall, the Palladium and the YWCA.
Four murals were painted on walls of the Great Brook Valley apartment buildings as well as one at Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center on Tacoma Street. Also, murals will be painted on walls and open spaces at nearby schools, including Clark Street School, Lincoln Street School and Burncoat Middle School. Besides the murals, artists will put on workshops and activities with youth and adult Great Brook Valley residents.
Great Brook Valley has 1,000 apartments, with over 3,000 individuals of whom about 1,200 are children.
“There’s excitement,” said Alec Corrales, executive director of the Worcester Housing Authority, which runs the apartments at Great Brook Valley. “I’m excited to see what the murals look like.”
Corrales said that, meeting with Great Brook Valley residents, “what I kept hearing, a lot of folks have had an opportunity to see the murals throughout the city. There were a lot of ideas about what murals should include.” POW! WOW! Worcester welcomed their ideas, Corrales said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the residents respond to the murals.”
With that, “it’s not just about a couple of murals but engaging the community,” Corrales said.
“I hope that this continues. It’s helping put Worcester on the map.”
Video by Mikey Inouye.