Our "permanent popup" offers a place for local artists, organizations, and creatives to develop a variety of events ranging from art shows and open mics to yoga classes and lessons in drag. Thanks to OUR FUNDERS/, use of the PopUp is fully subsidized, and events are offered free and open to the public.
As a program of the WORCESTER CULTURAL COALITION/, we are dedicated to cultural equity, community engagement, collaborative co-working, and creative entrepreneurship.
Creatives of all types: if you are seeking a space to hone and share your vision, come visit us to learn more!
Open Office + Gallery Hours
Wed - Sun, 12pm-4pm
Visit our HOME/ page for a full calendar of events!
Per fire code, our total capacity is 103.
Our walls are 14 feet high and equipped with an "art rail" system, best suited for work designed to hang by wire. Accommodations can be made for other rigging styles if you inform us ahead of time.
The floor is high quality vinyl.
Standard items for use include: chairs, tables, portable art walls and pedestals, portable bar, and on-site kitchen space. A projector and screen are also available, however presenters are responsible for their own laptops, HDMI adaptors, etc. If you think you may require additional items, please ask if we can be of assistance.
We have a network of friends, businesses, and creatives with whom we may be able to connect you, should you be looking for more assistance or advice than we can offer. However, you are entirely responsible for any help or work you may seek from a third party.
Got more questions? We got answers!
Q: WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALL MY MATERIALS?
A. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications must be received at least 1 month prior to your proposed event date. Preferred application time is 2-3 months in advance. We reserve the right to adjust this policy at any time.
Q: WHAT ARE THE HOURS AVAILABLE WHEN APPLYING TO PRESENT AN EVENT AT THE POPUP?
A: Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for exhibit load out and load in. Additional use of the PopUp on these days may be accommodated on a case by case basis. Wed - Sun, the space is available for up to 12 hours between 9am-12pm.
Q: WILL THE SPACE BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME FOR OUR EVENT?
A: The space will be clean when you arrive. You and your team are responsible for your specific setup, and for restoring the space at the conclusion of your event.
Q: CAN I RENT THE SPACE FOR A PRIVATE EVENT?
A: Occasionally, we offer the space for private event rental at our discretion. The private rental fee is $175/hour of the event.
Q: WHAT PERCENT COMMISSION DO YOU TAKE FROM ART, FOOD, AND TICKET SALES HAPPENING DURING YOUR EVENTS?
A: If the event has an entry fee or is selling artwork, the event organizer will pay 25% of all proceeds to our parent organization, the Worcester Cultural Coalition. If non-concessions food or small arts/crafts items are being sold, the event organizer will pay $25 per vendor table to the Worcester Cultural Coalition. Payments can be made by cash, card, or checks/money-order.
Q: WILL YOU HELP PROMOTE MY EVENT ON THE POPUP'S SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS?
A: You are responsible for taking the lead on promoting your event. We will help by sharing your event on our social media channels, in our newsletter, and, of course, on our home page.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I APPLY TO PRESENT MY EVENT?
Q: IS THERE A CANCELLATION POLICY?
A. We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel pre-approved events as needed. Failure to comply with stated policies will result in the cancelation of your event. If you need to cancel your event, you must inform us in writing at least one week prior.
Q: DOES THE POP UP PROVIDE ANY CATERING SUPPLIES?
A: No. you are responsible for any cutlery, plates, paper products, etc you think you may need for your event. We are more than happy to recommend a full service caterer upon request but we do not actively manage your catering needs.
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Please be sure to read and absorb everything in the ABOUT, FAQ and PRESENTER INFO tabs before submitting an application. Thank you!
If there's something on your mind that we haven't addressed on this page, please feel free to send us an email.