Inbox: Worcester CleanTech Incubator opening, Worcester Windows spring exhibit, WCUW mural project, new Music Worcester scholarships, and Worcester Public Library debuts ‘Lilly’

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Worcester CleanTech Incubator Opens


Courtesy WCTI

From left: Robert Fitzpatrick, director Government Affairs, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Sue Mailman, president, Coghlin Electrical Contractors; Linda Looft, assistant vice president Government & Community Relations, WPI; Stephen Pike, interim CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Joseph Bush, executive director, IES/WCTI; Wyatt Wade, president & CEO, Davis Publications; U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern; Julian Wade, vice president, Davis Publications; Kathryn Meng, senior program manager, IES/WCTI; Tim Murray, president & CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce; Jack Foley, vice president Government and Community Affairs, Clark University; James Ciociolo, vice president Strategic Partnerships, WCTI.

The Institute for Energy and Sustainability (IES) has opened the Worcester CleanTech Incubator (WCTI) and will hold its ribbon cutting at noon on March 31. WCTI opened its doors in January and is located on the fourth floor of the Printers Building, 44 Portland St. The new 11,000-square-foot facility features private offices, coworking space, conference rooms and prototyping space. Beyond these new physical resources, WCTI will continue to provide the network resources that IES provided in the past and will expand the support services offered.

The Institute for Energy and Sustainability formally launched in the spring of 2009 through partnerships with Clark University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern’s office. The Institute is led by a 13-member steering committee, representing a cross section of the community’s leadership in industry, academic research, clean technology and entrepreneurship.

For more information, visit or contact Senior Program Manager Kathryn Meng at

Gotta Laugh: Humor in Everyday Life

Inbox-Worcester WindowsThe Worcester Alliance of Photographers and the Seven Hills Camera Club, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, are excited to announce the Worcester Windows new Spring exhibition “Gotta Laugh: Humor in Everyday Life” at the Community Gallery in the basement of City Hall, 455 Main St. This exhibit opened Thursday, March 10, in conjunction with the Worcester Public Schools “bloo” exhibit.

We all do it: come across things going about our daily lives that give us a chuckle every once in awhile. The Worcester Windows Spring exhibit offers this sort of view on a more playful note. Look forward to a wonderful array of humorous images ranging from oddly arranged still-life photos, to silly faces and animals. Curated by Priscilla Messinger of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, participating artists whose works are on exhibit include Mark Balcom, Judy Belben, Steve Davi, Kelly Eisenhardt, Michelle Loftus-Trzcinski, Priscilla Messinger, Nelson Newhouse, Cheryl Rosen, Bob See, Lisa Shea and Ed Van Huizen.

Read the full article here

Five artists needed for mural on WCUW building, 910 Main St.


Courtesy City of Worcester

Artists are wanted to paint five of the six panels on the side of the WCUW building on Main Street.

The Public Art Working Group, in conjunction with the city’s Cultural Development division, the Worcester Cultural Coalition and WCUW (Worcester’s community radio station) are issuing a call for artists to create five murals on the five 14-by-14 panels on WCUW’s building at 910 Main St. The panels are on the southwest side of the building at the corner of Main and Hawthorne streets. The proposals will be juried by art professors Toby Sisson (Clark University), Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Worcester State University); and Tyler Vance (Assumption College).

WCUW was founded in 1920 by Robert Goddard and incorporated by students at Clark University in 1973. The organization moved to its current location in 1980 and the nonprofit purchased the building in 1989. Artists should consider the history and the nature of the station as they create their interpretative proposals. There is a mural on a sixth panel that will remain as is. Artists are encouraged to visit the site prior to submitting proposals.

Read the city’s announcement here

Music Worcester announces Young Artist scholarships

Music Worcester announced three upcoming opportunities for youths: the annual instrumental Young Artist Competition, the new vocal prize program, and the Gerald Mack Scholarship Award.

Music Worcester’s Young Artist Competition is open to instrumentalists in Grades 6-12 who reside in Worcester County. Music Worcester’s Vocal Prize (formerly run by Opera Worcester) is open to high school and college students seriously studying voice (opera, musical theater, etc.). The Gerald Mack Scholarship is open to high school seniors planning on pursuing a Music Major in college who reside in Worcester County.

Learn more from Music Worcester here

‘Lilly’ unveiled at Worcester Public Library


Courtesy Worcester Public Library

The Wyvern, the mascot of Quinsigamond Community College, poses in front of “Lilly”

The Worcester Public Library held a ceremony March 3 to celebrate the “Lilly” Mobile Library’s makeover.

“Lilly” is the library’s newest mobile library, which provides library services to schools and neighborhoods as part of the “One City, One Library” initiative.

Thanks to a partnership with Quinsigamond Community College, the QCC Foundation and Worcester State University, “Lilly” will continue to deliver library services for the next three years.

As part of the partnership, QCC’s Alpha Zeta Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society has committed to raise funds to contribute to the support of the operations and maintenance of “Lilly.”

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