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2019 Power 50: Ché Anderson & Jessica Walsh

Ché Anderson
Jessica Walsh
Ché Anderson & Jessica Walsh 
  • Co-founders
  • POW! WOW! Worcester
  • Residences: Worcester
  • Anderson college: College of the Holy Cross
  • Walsh college: Northeastern University

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Jessica Walsh

The most visible representation of Worcester’s cultural turnaround from its downtrodden old-manufacturing town reputation are the 115 public mural spray painted on buildings throughout the city since 2016. Those murals are the brainchildren of Walsh and Anderson, who brought the international POW! WOW! Festival to Worcester three years ago and every year seek to outdo themselves with even grander artistic endeavors.

In their day jobs, too, they each have a large impact on Central Massachusetts. In the Office of the City Manager, Anderson is a project manager specializing in special events, monuments, memorials and cultural initiatives. Walsh founded and runs the retail store Worcester Wares – the epicenter for those wishing to show off their Worcester pride – and she is expected to open her second location in the coming months.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? Anderson: We’re trending upward, and those of us on this list have to provide opportunities and support for others to do impactful, positive things.

Walsh: More ideas have more support and opportunity than ever before, which will cause rapid growth and new business, festivals, restaurants, events, etc.

Walsh’s stART: My whole life was changed by an “I <3 Worcester” pinback button I bought at stART on the Street. It was the inspiration and start of my store Worcester Wares.

Ché says “Today”: I secretly cheered for the Night King.

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