Worcester ‘Balloons & Bad Advice’ aims to highlight the city center

WORCESTER, MA – An art installation will take over several venues in downtown Worcester in November, an intentional effort to guide visitors through the neighborhood.

Here are more excerpts from a Worcester Cultural Coalition press release:

The Jean McDonough Arts Center (JMAC), in collaboration with Worcester Creation Center, announce “Balloons and bad advice”. This series of multi-gallery installations is a collaboration between Massachusetts artist Hank von Hellion and Los Angeles artist Balloonski, and will be on display November 13-27.

Using the context of an irreverent collection of art and experiences, “Balloons and Bad Advice” aims to inspire an ongoing exploration of Worcester’s diverse inner city and connect seemingly disparate neighborhoods through the shared experience of ‘a site-specific art. Major exhibits will be on display at Worcester PopUp at JMAC and the Creative Hub Gallery at Aurora, with immersive micro-installations at CC Lowell, ArtReach Worcester, a BID showcase in downtown Worcester and other venues to be confirmed. .

On November 13, the opening of “Balloons and bad advice” will feature interactive sculptural works, balloon installations, resin works, choreographed lighting, two live DJs and artistic exploration. By hosting the opening in two locations, the artists encourage attendees to experience the city in a way that they might not experience at an event in one location.

“At 5 pm the vernissage begins at PopUp with drinks and a conversation,” said von Hellion. “At 7:30 p.m., we close the PopUp and drive everyone to the Aurora to continue the festivities. We hope the six-minute walk will show the value and ease of walking between destinations, as opposed to driving.”

A percentage of the proceeds from the artwork sold will be used to fund a free creative workshop, led by Balloonski and von Hellion.

“We are delighted to help support access to creative expression for all communities, especially those that have been historically underserved,” Balloonski said.

Von Hellion said he viewed Worcester city center as “representative of the socio-economic makeup of Worcester: a melting pot of business, politics and art, as well as a mix of young professionals and culture. Dynamic BIPOC. We hope that areas like the main southern district are highlighted and can regularly be included in Worcester’s continued economic growth. “

Balloonski added that this collaborative effort is “a contribution to building a better city, one space at a time.”

“Art brings people together and exhibitions like Balloons and bad advice supporting the dynamism and development of the city as a whole, encouraging engagement with local businesses and the community in the process, ”noted Laura Marotta, Executive Director of the Creative Hub.

Places interested in hosting a micro-installation of Balloons and bad advice can send an email to the media contact. To learn more about “Balloons and bad advice” see the Facebook event page.

Balloons and bad advice will be on display at the following locations:

  • Creative Hub Gallery at Aurora: 600 Main St
  • Worcester PopUp at JMAC: 20 Franklin St.
  • CC Lowell Art Supply Co: 455 Pleasant Street
  • ArtReach Worcester: 322 West Boylston St.
  • Worcester City Center BID Showcase: TBD

The artists thank the following organizations for their support: Worcester Creation Center, CC Lowell, Worcester City Center Business Improvement District, ArtReach Worcester, the Easterseals Massachusetts, and the Worcester Cultural Coalition.