Artists At Work Springfield

 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.

This Artist Information Packet for AAW Springfield serves as a glimpse into the Artists At Work program, a national workforce resilience program in the spirit of the WPA that is designed to support artists and their communities through artistic civic engagement.

The intention behind this toolkit is twofold:

  1. to provide AAW Artists with practical resources to facilitate their engagement in community-building work,
  2. to offer insight into the overarching objectives and components of the AAW program.

Artist at Work Supplemental Impact Report

Follow Artists at Work on Instagram & Facebook. Visit Artists at Work’s YouTube page to learn about and from Artist at Work’s Artist Participants.


THE OFFICE performing arts + filmAn independent curation and production company, THE OFFICE develops, produces, and presents art that makes a difference. In partnership with FreshGrass Foundation, its national Artists at Work (AAW) workforce resilience program values artists as workers, invests in communities, and leverages culture for social impact. They will bring matching funds; directly employ Springfield artists; administer salary / benefits; offer administrative support, artistic mentorship and partnership facilitation throughout.

Springfield Cultural Partnership Springfield Cultural Partnership’s mission is to foster civic engagement and arts education in the City of Springfield by creating and sustaining a vibrant cultural environment, authentically engaging institutions, artists, and community. SCP strives to succeed as a significant force in the region’s creative community by contributing to economic vitality and cultural enrichment and fosters a synergy and alignment of cultural resources to create an enriching, welcoming experience in Springfield.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Family ServicesMLK Jr. Family Services offers programs to address some of the most pressing needs of its under-resourced community. It fosters an environment where the aspirations of the community are nurtured and empowered to achieve new realities of peace, social and economic justice, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. As social impact partner, they will connect artists to the community, youth in their programs, and guide development of projects and programs in focus areas where they offer services.


Springfield Cultural CouncilThe Springfield Cultural Council is designed to serve individual(s) and/or organizations and enhance communities throughout Greater Springfield in cultural and art projects for public benefit. The Springfield Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities each year. In the artist selection process, Springfield Cultural Council will be responsible for assisting in the development of evaluation criteria, providing targeted local outreach to community artists and representing local priorities and artistic excellence in the interview process. In collaboration with THE OFFICE and SCP, Springfield Cultural Council will offer artistic feedback and mentorship to artists throughout the term.

Springfield City Library, Mason Square BranchSpringfield City Library actively connects with its diverse community, providing resources and safe space for all. The Mason Square Branch is a trusted hub for free access to information, technology, social and civic engagement, support of well-being and lifelong learning, and is critical to the neighborhood’s cultural life. It will offer its community room, resources and staff to support local artists and youth and increase capacity for accessible community-directed projects and programming.

Springfield Armory National Historic SiteSpringfield Armory commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world’s largest historic US military small arms collection, with historic archives, buildings and landscape. As a Culture Hub, Springfield Armory looks forward to opening up its well-resourced space, facilities and staff to support local artists and youth, increasing capacity for accessible community-directed projects and programming and growing as a community hub for Mason Square.

MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Mason SquareThe 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.

Artists at Work Springfield is made possible by generous & forward-thinking funders:

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