Main Idea

Contact Us to Coordinate a Youth Community Mural HERE!

Main IDEA partners with local artists to co-design and co-paint public wall murals in the city with neighborhood youth, facilitating hands-on learning opportunities for youth to learn directly from working artists and take agency and ownership of their community by sharing their voice and making their artistic mark in public spaces.


Community Youth Mural (560 sqft)

Main South Community Development Corporation

Worcester, MA

August, 2021

Lead Artist: Jennessa Burks

Assistant Artist: Eamon Gillen

See more photos of the mural HERE! This project is a partnership between Main IDEA, the Main South CDC, and Neighborhood Strings. The Lead Artist created a final design based on concepts submitted by local youth ages 12-16; a Painting Team consisting of youth from Main IDEA Youth, the Main South CDC, Neighborhood Strings, and WooServes (United Way of Central Massachusetts) worked together to co-paint the design along with the Lead & Assistant Artists.

Social Justice Mural (1,000 sqft)

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, MA

June, 2021

Lead Artist: Jennessa Burks

Assistant Artist: Eamon Gillen

Youth Artists: Sarai and Nya

Watch the mini documentary of the program HERE, and see more photos of the project HERE! The project is a partnership between Main IDEA and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Youth ages 11-18 submitted design entries for the mural with the prompt, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (MLK). 2 Youth Artists’ designs were chosen, and a youth arts team consisting of both Main IDEA Youth & B&G Club members worked together to co-paint the design along with the Lead & Assistant Artists. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and by the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. See our press coverage of the project HERE!

University Park

Worcester, MA

August, 2017

Lead Artist: Jessica Richland

Youth Artists: 2017 Teen Arts Program – Javon, Haley, Maeve


Reign Cafe

(DCU Center)

Worcester, MA

Oct, 2020

Lead Artist: John Vo

Youth Artists: Brook (13), Shaquone (18), Edna (15), Rylie (17), Brihana (17), Aiden (15), Leilah (14)

Over 65 youth submitted designs, and seven were chosen to implement into the final mural design, including youth from Main IDEA, the YWCA of Central Mass, South East Asian Coalition, The Hope Coalition, and Worcester Arts Magnet School. Special thank you to Mayor Joe Petty and Councilor Mero-Carlson for stopping by the mural to thank our artists! See press coverage of this project HERE!

University Park

(Jungle Gym)

Worcester, MA

May, 2018

Lead Artist: Hank VonHellion