In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate Of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. They talk about celebrating community in a challenging economy.
As the Telegram & Gazette reported on August 29, “A new performance venue to add to its lineup, a new contest, a new opening act — the news is starting to come in about First Night Worcester 2015.But First Night Worcester Executive Director Howard McGinn, who successfully navigated a financial crisis last year, is counting down to a prospective New Year’s Eve celebration with ‘fingers crossed’. He added, "We’re going forward. At this point we’re still fundraising."
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing access to the arts. First Night Worcester is a volunteer-driven organization that is funded 100-percent by button sales and the generosity of the Greater Worcester community: businesses, foundations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support.
Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, First Night Worcester continues its work throughout the year with educational programs and community-outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.