Join us for our annual Hot Night in the City event on July 19th from 4-9pm!

Celebrating the “hot” processes and traditions of craft creation, the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Hot Night in the City practically combusts each summer with music, food, drinks, the opening of an exhibit, and fun around the flames. All are welcome as we explore the hot processes of craft in and outside of the Center.

The dusk and darkness dissipate as Craft Center artists demonstrate their profession in our studios. There is a lot of hands-on fun for the fearless and demonstrations for the appreciator. We hold Hot Night in the City in rain or shine.

RSVP to secure your spot at the hottest event in the city!


Outdoor Activities will Include:

  • Live music from Crocodile River Music
  • Latin dance performance with Raices Latin Dance
  • South East Asian Lion Dance Troupe performance
  • Food trucks
  • Artisan vendors

Indoor Activities will Include:

  • Mary Aroian Community Gallery showcase of 2D and 3D art
  • Live demonstrations in clay, metals, and glass in the Open House Art Studios
  • Live music in the lobby
  • Full access to the Handcrafted Shop, which represents over 300 artists from around the country
  • Artists on Fire art show opening in the Krikorian Gallery
  • ValleyCAST and the Blackstone Valley Art Association Art show opening in the Community Gallery
  • Music Carlos Odria Trio

Want to secure a booth space and show off your work?


The Artists on Fire Art Show

Curated by Juniper Rag

On display in our Krikorian Gallery, Artists on Fire is an annual exhibition curated by Juniper Rag at the Krikorian Gallery at Worcester Center for Crafts, with an opening reception on Hot Night in the City, our hottest night of the year, attracting college-aged people, families, and festival lovers from all over New England.

Interested in having your work featured? Check out the submission details below.

  • Eligibility: Artists near Worcester are welcome to apply with works in any medium. National artists can ship with a return label included.
  • Requirements: Artists may submit up to 8 pieces of art total. High-quality images, well-written bio and a statement  (300 words each) are required.
  • Deadline: June 16, 2024. Artists will be notified of the curator’s final decisions by June 21, 2024.
  • Submit 5 works of art ($35); each addition over 5 is $5, limit 8 total.
  • Artists on Fire Size Restrictions for 2024: Artwork must be smaller than 24 x 24 inches, smallest size should not be less than 6 x 6 inches.
  • Works on paper must be hangable.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
  • 3D Submissions of sculpture and photography strongly encouraged.
  • Optional marketing items. Include a headshot and an optional 15-second video of a studio or process shot or comparable
  • Each artist should provide 2-5 sentences about yourself and why your art should be collected to be included on the gallery tags. Pitch it!
  • Submission Fee: $35 (non-refundable)
  • Limit of Submitted Artworks: 8
  • Bio Word Limit: 300
  • Statement Word Limit: 300


Questions? Contact Candace Casey,