Main Idea

Festival of Lights Warming Station

Friday, Nov 30, 2018
5:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Enjoy music performed by youth from Main IDEA and the Worcester Music Academy, make a maraca with Creative Hub Worcester, fold a paper crane and make a lantern/snowflake with Art Reach ❄ FREE Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider from Brew on the Grid ☕ FREE cookies from Price Chopper and Big Y! So in between the tree lighting and the concert on the common, head across the street to the Worcester PopUp and CREATIVELY WARM UP!

Worcester Youth Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec 7, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Come out to listen to local, young talent at the Worcester PopUp! Youth musicians ages 10-18 will be performing solos, duos, and ensembles in various genres. It is through the arts that these young performers will be helping to make the arts accessible to many more youth in Worcester! Proceeds from the event will go toward local nonprofit organization Main IDEA Youth & Arts to help provide arts programs for under-resourced youth in Worcester.

Tickets: $10 (ALL non-performers), purchased at the door. Line up of musicians and more details can be found here!

Teen Open Mic & Art Night!

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Main IDEA is excited to be hosting another Teen Open Mic & Art Night event at the Worcester PopUp! This event is FREE, offered monthly, and open to all teens ages 13-17. Come by to share a song or spoken word, sketch or paint your own work of art, and enjoy free refreshments! Parents/guardians and friends/family are welcome to stay to watch the performances; parents/guardians dropping off must sign their teen in/out in order for their child to participate. Click here to learn more! Space for performers is limited! Sign up to reserve your performance spot here

Teen Open Mic & Art Night!

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Main IDEA is excited to be hosting another Teen Open Mic & Art Night event at the Worcester PopUp! This event is FREE, offered monthly, and open to all teens ages 13-17. Come by to share a song or spoken word, sketch or paint your own work of art, and enjoy free refreshments! Parents/guardians and friends/family are welcome to stay to watch the performances; parents/guardians dropping off must sign their teen in/out in order for their child to participate. Click here to learn more! Space for performers is limited! Sign up to reserve your performance spot here

Past Events

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
All Day | Grid Hospitality, Worcester

How it works: Visit one of The Grid’s establishments on Giving Tuesday; present this coupon (print or digital) upon purchase, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Main IDEA to help make the arts accessible to under-resourced youth in Worcester! Share your photos or videos with us, using #mainideaonthegrid, and encourage others to do so!

Teen Open Mic & Art Night!

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Main IDEA is excited to be hosting a Teen Open Mic & Art Night series at the Worcester PopUp! This event is FREE and open to all teens ages 13-17. Come by to share a song or spoken word, sketch or paint your own work of art, and enjoy free refreshments! This is a drop-off event; parents/guardians must sign their teens in/out in order to participate. Click here to learn more! Space for performers is limited! Sign up to reserve your performance spot here

Halloween Party in the Park!

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018
3:00 PM-5:00 PM | University Park, Worcester

Come join Main IDEA and the Main South CDC in University Park this Halloween for a fun afternoon of games, crafts, and trick or treating! Feel free to come in costume! Click here to learn more!

Teen Open Mic & Art Night!

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin Street

Main IDEA is excited to be hosting a Teen Open Mic & Art Night series at the Worcester PopUp! This event is FREE and open to all teens ages 13-17. Come by to share a song or spoken word, create your own mask, sketch or paint your own work of art, and enjoy free SPOOKY refreshments! This is a drop-off event; parents/guardians must sign their teens in/out in order to participate. Click here to learn more! Space for performers is limited! Sign up to reserve your performance spot here: https://goo.gl/forms/hlhD8fgqcs2VOWDQ2 

Artists in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018
3:00 PM-6:00 PM | Corner of Crystal and Main Street, Worcester

Join Main IDEA and the Main South CDC for a pop-up arts festival on Wednesday, October 24th! Artists in the Afternoon will be held in the lot on the corner of Crystal Street and Main Street, and will feature a great lineup of local Worcester artists, featuring a youth arts activity station hosted by Main IDEA during 3pm-6pm! The rain date is Friday, October 26th.

Spark Arts Open House!

Thursday, Oct 25th, 2018
3:30 PM-6:30 PM | Creative Hub Youth Arts, 653 Main Street, Worcester

Main IDEA is excited to continue our partnership with Creative Hub Worcester this Fall as resident Art Teachers for their SPARK Arts After School Program! Come by to make art with us at the Open House and to learn more about this awesome program!

Exhilarate Worcester 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018
1:00 PM-10:00 PM | Worcester Common

Main IDEA is excited to attend the first ever “Exhilarate Worcester” Event! This music and arts festival is family friendly and all proceeds will benefit Woodland Academy Elementary School. The event will feature musicians, art vendors, local food, yoga, and much more! Get tickets and find out more here.

stART on the Street 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018
11:00 AM-6:00 PM | Highland and Pleasant Streets

Main IDEA will be hosting a youth arts booth at the upcoming stART on the Street! This annual outdoor arts festival was the brainchild of an independent group of local artists and art lovers in 2002. stART on the Street is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to changing the cultural scope of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Learn more here.

Main South Block Party!

Hosted by REC Worcester’s YouthGrow Inititiave

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018
5:00 PM-8:00 PM | 63 Oread Street, Worcester

Join us as we attend the Main South Block Party, hosted by REC Worcester’s YouthGrow! Enjoy free food, face painting, music, games, and entertainment! Learn more here.

Main IDEA Friday Night Showcase 2018

Friday, Aug 3, 2018
7:00 PM-8:00 PM | Atwood Hall, Clark University, Worcester

Join us for the Main IDEA 8th Annual Friday Night Showcase! This event will be a culmination of our youth arts program that week; enjoy classroom tours, student performances, ice cream and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and our Youth Art Exhibit! FREE and open to the public.

Worcester Youth Summer Concert!

Friday, July 27, 2018
6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St., Worcester

Come out to listen to local, young talent at the new Worcester PopUp building! Youth musicians ages 10-18 will be performing solos, duos, and ensembles in various genres. Proceeds from the event will go toward Main IDEA Youth & Arts. Tickets: $10 (ALL non-performers), purchased at the door.

Creative Hub Grand Opening!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
4:00 PM-6:00 PM | 657 Main Street, Worcester

Celebrate with Main IDEA and Creative Hub Worcester as we partner together to offer more arts programs, beginning summer 2018! Enjoy classroom tours, student performances, a cash bar and hors d’oeurvres, silent auction, and our Youth Art Exhibit! RSVP today at info@creativeworcester.org

Make Music Worcester

Thursday, June 21, 2018
2:30 AM-5:30 PM | 651 Main Street, Worcester

Main IDEA is partnering with Creative Hub for Make Music Worcester Day! Youth and families are invited to explore Creative Hub’s new Art Space and create their own instrument!

Woodland Academy Cultural Day

Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:30 PM-7:30 PM | Woodland Academy, Worcester