40 Under Forty: Laura Marotta, 31


Executive director
Creative Hub, Worcester

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: Boston University, Tufts University

Marotta didn't just come to Worcester to be a part of the city's arts community. The elementary school art teacher is working to bring the arts community to the next level. She and partner Stacy Lord are nearly finished fundraising for their planned $8-million Creative Hub Worcester, a 40,000-square-foot facility at the former Boys Club on Ionic Avenue slated to include two dance studios and performance space available for rentals, three classrooms, more than a dozen small studios for artists and a rooftop event space. She always wanted to start a business and never imagined Creative Hub would grow so large so quickly and elicit so much support. While the facility is under construction, Creative Hub began its first offsite youth program this summer. Marotta volunteers for the annual stART on the Street festival on Park Avenue and is a board member at Love Your Labels, a Worcester group advocating for diversity and equality. In the classroom, she's received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to create community artwork projects with her students. Marotta is president of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Of course, she's an artist herself, as a painter and a photographer. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Laura is making dreams come true, and not just her own. She is a shining star in the city and so deserving of this award.”

If you could go on a road trip with any four people, who would it be? Vincent Van Gogh because it's going to be a night trip. My dad's father, my partner in crime when I was growing up and my “paw-paw,” because he would bring lots of Italian red wine and take great photos. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in case we get into trouble, and for general all-around badass-ness. And Yzma from “The Emperor's New Groove” because whenever she talks I laugh until I'm crying.

Who is your best mentor? My partner Stacy Lord. Right from the beginning, she would tell me, “Why not? Why can't it be possible? We're just gonna do it.” 
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.