stART, an innovative arts celebration on the street, was the brainchild of an independent group of local artists and art lovers at its inception in 2002. stART is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to changing the cultural scope of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. stART on the Street is the signature event; a day long arts, music, and cultural celebration on Park Avenue in Worcester, MA.
Initially held on Main Street in Worcester, the festival moved to Park Avenue in 2006, to overwhelming accolades and the largest attendance to date. The festival hosted an increasing number of arts and crafts vendors each year until reaching 300 in September 2013, and has since held steady with roughly 275 artists, each demonstrating and selling their handcrafted items. Stages host a variety of live bands from rock & roll, alternative country, jazz, world music and more. Street performers entertain on the street level from Africa-Brazilian Capoeira demonstrations, a cappella groups, acoustic music, dance and many more genres of performance art. Various activities, offered by local organizations hosting interactive art features for kids and all ages, has been a popular attraction for families throughout the years.
Awards & Accolades
- In 2012, stART coordinators were awarded Keys to the City of Worcester for their contribution to Worcester's art scene and local economy.
- stART on the Street has been voted Best Annual Festival by Worcester Magazine readers in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2104, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.