About Us

Our Mission at First Night Worcester

The mission of First Night Worcester is to cultivate the creation, understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts through educational programs, community partnerships, and an innovative, diverse, and high quality New Year’s Eve arts celebration. First Night Worcester creates the spirit of community through a shared cultural experience, which is accessible and affordable to all.

Organization

Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization and the second-oldest First Night in the nation after Boston. Each year it produces the largest arts festival in central MA, providing a platform for local and national talent, and a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration for the community. Managed by a small team of part-time employees and an all-volunteer Board, First Night Worcester is based in Worcester, MA. It is funded through a combination of foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, private donations and admission fees.

Board of Directors

AMORY, FRANCIS
Professor Emeritus
Worcester State University
508.752.6179 | tuck.amory@charter.net

BINIENDA, MAUREEN
Superintendent
Worcester Public Schools
508.799.3115 | biniendam@worc.k12.ma.us

CORRIGAN, TOM
Retired
508.330.0904 | tmjc4@aol.com

DERKAZARIAN, CHARLES
Retired
508.963.2076 | ckdkwomc@verizon.net

JOHNSON, KALLIN (Board President)
Director of Music
Notre Dame Academy
508.579.1443 | kaj3258@aol.com

LAPRADE, ANNE
Director, Hamden Gallery
University of Massachusetts
413.320.3686 | laprade@acad.umass.edu

MACKOWIAK, DAN (Board Treasurer)
Retired
508.330.6873 | dcmackowiak@verizon.net

WASHBURN, CHARLES (Board Vice President)
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
VSA Massachusetts
508.868.1267 | cjwashburn@gmail.com

Staff

MCGINN, HOWARD
Executive Director
508.799.4909 | howard@firstnightworcester.org

FORTEY, CAROLYN
Marketing Director
508.298.9448 | carolyn@firstnightworcester.org

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