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  • Worcester's Community Mosaic Fosters Link Between Worcester and Ancient Roman City

    WORCESTER, MASS., APRIL 3, 2000 - Watch the transformation of the wall on the Lancaster Street entrance of the Worcester Art Museum this summer with the installation of Worcester's Community Mosaic, a large-scale, outdoor mosaic mural created by and for members of the Worcester community.

    The Museum is encouraging community groups, as well as youth and adults who live and/or work in Worcester, to participate by creating the panels or painting small ceramic tiles that will frame the panels. The project will be led by mosaicist Kim Emerson of San Diego and a local mosaic apprentice.

    This project is the first in a series of public programs to be held jointly with the Museum's landmark exhibition, Antioch: The Lost Ancient City, which opens October 8. Like Worcester today, the ancient metropolis of Antioch was a melting pot of many cultures and faiths. In many ways, Antioch mirrors Worcester and other cities of the 21st century in the diversity of its people, the textures of its culture, and the complexity of its intellectual and spiritual life.

    Fallon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Worcester Cultural Commission are generously supporting Worcester's Community Mosaic. If you live and/or work in Worcester and would like to help celebrate the community's rich diversity by lending your talents to this exciting project, please call the Education department at 508-799-4406, X-3056.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

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