Public Art is important.

...and that's why we made this website. In our increasingly digital modern world, public art is an organic way to bring people together, provide social commentary, catalyze change, or prompt people to open their eyes and see the world around them differently. Public art is a vibrant record of cultural change over time. The themes and styles present in the works that line our streets show us how our world is evolving and remind us of things that we found important enough to memorialize in paint, sculpture, or other media. However, the presence of public art also tells a story of the socioeconomic climate of its home. Art from the years of the Works Progress Administration tell a tale of a rebuilding country, whereas present works speaks of gentrification. Through this collection of murals, we hope to provide context so that you, the viewer of the art, can draw more informed conclusions about the work, learn about its creators, or simply appreciate the beauty of the work if you are unable to view it in person. Use our map to navigate around downtown Worcester and find a mural - click on its link to learn more, or simply use the navigation bar at the top of the page to see all of the murals at once.

This project is funded by the College of the Holy Cross' Mellon Summer Research Program in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts, and developed out of a capstone project by Sarah Valente '16. The original project documented six culturally important mural sites in the city of Worcester. In the spring of 2016, it became clear that there was a need to document more of the murals around the city. As such, the project was expanded to include 21 distinct sites or walls. The site is currently a work in progress and is maintained by Bryan Gallagher '18.