ribbon cutting at campaign celebration May 2019

Ribbon cutting at our Campaign Celebration, May 8, 2019


Framing the Future

From a Happy and Grateful Director

In early 2017, ArtsWorcester was offered an extraordinary gift by the Davis and Wade family: the construction of new galleries and offices in the historic Printers Building, on Portland Street. In order to accept, and to make best use of this opportunity, we had to raise significant money beyond our annual operating budget. New equipment and furnishings would be required, as well as expanded gallery hours and audience engagement for the new site. We also needed to begin an endowment fund, so that we could maintain the beautiful new galleries and offices. Our board of directors voted to meet this challenge–and made the first gifts.


Thus began ArtsWorcester’s first capital campaign, Framing The Future. An enthusiastic committee, chaired by J. Christopher Collins, set an ambitious goal of $1.25 million, and got to work. We sat down with old friends of ArtsWorcester and people new to our work to ask for their support. Foundations gave generously, artists dug deep to help build their new home, and a growing community of friends enthusiastically added their support. Framing The Future was met with an unstinting generosity equal to the opportunity that spurred it.


Construction on the new galleries, with our team led by board member and Clerk of the Works Ryan Hacker, began last fall. Seven months later, our new doors opened to the public with a splendid exhibition of works on paper, celebrating the industrial heritage of the Printers Building. That day, Portland Street changed, with our storefront windows opening the gallery to the sidewalk, and the first waves of visitors up and down the block. This month, the Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial served as the occasion for the grand opening, and continues to host celebrations, facility tours, and many happy visitors.


At the most recent of those celebrations, we announced that gifts to Framing The Future now total $1.75 million, well exceeding our original goal. Our gratitude to its supporters knows no bounds. Thank you to all.


Below, we gratefully acknowledge the individuals, companies, and foundations who have supported this project so far. If you wish to be among them, gifts to Framing The Future will be accepted through June, when we finalize the sign in our foyer and the full report that recognizes this community’s outstanding generosity.


Even in this celebratory moment, we know our work is not done. The services ArtsWorcester provides to artists and to the public must be sustained, and our endowment built. In this year of our fortieth anniversary, we must continue to secure the organization for the decades to come. But from this foundation, built by so many, we move forward with great confidence.


All are invited to see what has been built here. These galleries belong to artists, to their audiences, and to the city we serve. Please come and share in our joy.


Juliet Feibel
Executive Director


Framing the Future: The Campaign for ArtsWorcester


The Davis and Wade Family
The Stoddard Charitable Trust
George I. Alden Trust
C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund
The Fletcher Foundation
George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation


Allen Fletcher
Carrie Crane/J and J Fund
Catherine Colinvaux and Phillip Zamore
Catherine and J. Christopher Collins
The Hermann Foundation
The Kirby Foundation
Marlene and David Persky
The Savickas Family


Bay State Savings Bank
Lucey Bowen and Richard Sites
Bob Cox and Lisa Barthelson, in memory of Mary Barthelson
Donna and Stephen DiRado
Mary and Warner Fletcher
Patricia Fletcher
Alfred J. Gifford Charitable Trust
Geri and John Graham
Hoche-Scofield Foundation
Barrett and Mahroo Morgan
John J. Szlyk and Betsy Busch, in memory of Col. John H. Szlyk, Jr.
Wyman-Gordon Foundation
Brenda and Bob Yates


John and Brigita Clementi
Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation
J. Irving England and Jane L. England Charitable Trust
Gabriele Goszcz
Sarah Callahan Lenis and Charles Lenis
Rockwell Foundation
Darcy Schwartz/ArtReach
Erika Davis Wade and Wyatt Wade
Kristina Wilson and David Geist
Worcester Arts Council


Margareta G. Berg
Maggie Boatwright-McEvoy
Olive I. and Anthony Borgatti, Jr., Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Marcia Butzel
Suzanne Campbell-Lambert and Scott Lambert
Romina Sarreal Ford
Jane and Russell Dye
Drs. Ivan and Noreen Green
Phyllis Harrington
Hans and Marianne Heer
Thomas Kuehne
Christine and Dana Levenson
Brenda Nikas-Hayes and John Hayes-Nikas
Deborah Martin and Dan Shertzer
Susan and Rob Mack
Samantha McDonald and Ossian Cooney
Patricia and Dean Paxson
Judith and Thoru Pederson
Donna Rudek and Warren Ferguson
Stuart Sadick and James Bryant
The Schwartz Foundation
Carol Seager
Jan Seymour and Eric Brose
Carolyn and Howard Stempler
William and Tina Sullivan


Amanda and Tuck Amory
Marie and Michael Angelini
Hildegard and Robert Armstrong
Candace Casey
Carol and James Donnelly, Jr.
Ellen Dunlap and Frank Armstrong
Aisling Gaughn and Kent dur Russell
Barbara and John Guertin
The Feibel Family
Framed In Tatnuck
Michelle and Adam Glass and Family
Barbara and John Guertin
Ryan B. Hacker
Dr. Abraham and Mrs. Linda Haddad
Martha Heller and Anthony Vaver
Honee A. Hess and Phil Magnusson
James Hogan
James and Chris Hunt
Kathee and David Jordan
Bari Boyer and Marshall Katzen
Christopher and Patricia King
Tracy and Morey Kraus
Joyce and Steve Kressler
Ted Lilley
Ann Lisi and Joel Greene
Madeleine Lord
Lisa and Rick McCarthy
Ann Molloy and Kenneth Stillman
Linda I. Nelson
Karen Nunley
Cynthia and Stephen Pitcher
Mary Jane Rein and Seth Kates
Barbara and Arthur Roberts
Alicia O’Connell and Cornelius Rogers
Shelley and Todd Rodman
Gerald and Neall Russell
Jon L. Seydl
Randi Shenkman
Toby Sisson
Robert Tobin
Matthias Waschek and Steve Taviner
James Welu
Ruth Westheimer
Johanna D. Drooz Yoffie and Alan S. Yoffie


Anonymous (2)
Elaine and Mike McCool
Cheryl Adams
Nancy Burns
Jennifer Davis Carey
Yolanda Rigali and James Curran
Kim Cutler
Lawrence DeJong
Michael Eressy
Laurel Feinberg
Kathy Freeburn
Helene and Larry Freed
Sharon Freed
John Garton
Donna Hamil Talman
Ellen Foley and Ajayi HarrisPatti Kelly
Christine Latini and Neil Wilkins
Brenda and Philip Marshall
Beth and Burr McDermott
Donna McGrath and Jeff Van Amburgh
Katharine Michie
Margery and Dusty Miller
Ginger Navickas
Adrien Finlay and Christopher Ranjitkar
Ann-Cathrine Rapp
Ron Rosenstock
Gordon Saperia
William Scully
Madeleine and Richard Silva
Catherine Quick Spingler
Rosemary and Richard Taylor
Mary and Philip Warbasse
Kristin Waters
Gayle Flanders Weiss and Chick Weiss
Catherine Wilcox-Titus
Susan and David Woodbury


These individuals gave generously to ArtsWorcester their advice and experience, and we thank them for these valuable gifts as well.

Shelley Rodman
Lisa Albano-Selzo
Nick Capasso
Robert Carnegie
Jonathan Finklestein
Timothy Gray
Roger Hankins
Ajayi Harris
Marlene and David Persky
Ann-Cathrine Rapp
Walter Shea
Rebecca Wright

The accuracy of this list is important to us. Please let us know if we have erred in any way, or if you would like your generosity recognized differently.


Photo courtesy of Nathan Fiske Photography