PRESS RELEASE – May 2, 2024

 Artists At Work (AAW) is a national workforce resilience program in the spirit of the WPA that values artists as workers, invests in communities, and leverages culture for social impact. AAW provides artists with a living wage salary, health benefits, professional development, a learning cohort, and an equitable framework to leverage their creative skills so that they can help address the pressing issues of their local community. AAW Springfield will be a 12-month project, offering local artists salary and benefits to work with youth within Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood.

Artist FAQ & Application   AAWS Webpage  Artist Toolkit for AAW Springfield


Key details for Artists At Work (Springfield):

  • A one-year salary of $35,570 plus health benefits for four selected Springfield-based artists
  • Mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities
  • Access to resources to develop projects with your community
  • Opportunities for public exhibitions, performances and community engagement
  • Application Deadline: May 21, 2024
  • Program Duration: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
  • Location: Mason Square, Springfield, MA

PRESENTING PARTNERS: THE OFFICE performing arts + film  and Springfield Cultural Partnership 

SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNER: Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services 

CULTURE HUB PARTNERS: Springfield Cultural CouncilSpringfield City Library, Mason Square Branch, Springfield Armory National Historic Site 

The Springfield TDI District sits 1.5 miles east of downtown Springfield at Mason Square, the intersection of State Street and Wilbraham Road where four neighborhoods meet: McKnight, Old Hill, Upper Hill, and Bay. At the center of the district along State Street are strips of service-related retail going north and south that offer high-visibility spaces and potential for catalytic investment. The Springfield TDI District has been positioned as creating a commercial hub serving all four neighborhoods to improve small business development, offer inclusive entrepreneurship strategies, and reduce the area’s reputation as a “drive-through” corridor. The area is a historically important, significantly African-American community with numerous multi-generational families of community leaders and activists.

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