2 Ionic Avenue in Worcester was once a vital community asset. Built by a generous industrialist in 1914, this magnificent, 30,000SF space was a haven for youth and one of the original 15 Boys Clubs in the U.S. Currently vacant, this space is preparing for a complete transformation into the Creative Hub Community Arts Center through a partnership with the A&BC and Creative Hub Worcester. The building will be a dynamic ecosystem for artists, creative entrepreneurs, and community members to work, make, collaborate, perform, and attend events in a vibrant, multi-purpose environment.
The A&BC and Creative Hub Worcester are working together to revitalize one of the city’s greatest assets and establishing a unique artists’ community and creative space.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council.
The Creative Hub Community Arts Center will:
- Provide a space for the development of new and established artists through dedicated studio space, community building, and artistic events.
- Serve youth in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Provide over 80 high quality fully subsidized toddler and preschool childcare for Worcester families.
- Offer affordable, accessible art-making experiences and workspace for community members in a variety of media.
- Host regular events that promote the artistic and diverse cultures that exist within the city of Worcester.
Rendering of the forthcoming Creative Hub Worcester by Studio DRAW.
I just wanted to say that I am so excited that you have decided to use the former IONIC AVE. BOYS CLUB for the new artist hub!! I’m so glad the building is going to get a second chance. I used to go to the Boys Club every weekend when I was younger! I’m so glad that the building is going to be brought back to life! — Jake Prew, former Boys Club member
CHW offers exciting opportunities that will lead to a revival of arts in the Downtown area, and serve as an important resource for the entire community.”
— Massachusetts Senator Michael Moore
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