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March 27, 2024

Long-time director of stART on the Street to step down

Two women stand together in a rundown building. PHOTO/BRAD KANE Laura Marotta (left) and Stacy Lord, cofounders of Creative Hub Worcester, will take over as co-directors of stART on the Street.

stART on the Street Co-Founder Tina Zlody will step down from her position as director of the Worcester art festival after 19 years and be replaced by the co-founders of the nonprofit Creative Hub Worcester.

"Tina has been an absolutely invaluable, instrumental director and leader of this festival. This festival would not be where it is without her leadership and her guidance," said Laura Marotta, co-founder of Creative Hub Worcester, . 

stART on the Street, a program of Creative Hub Worcester, is a free one-day arts, music, and culture festival held on the third Sunday of September each year. The festival, a brainchild of an independent group of local artists and art lovers, hosts roughly 275 artists and crafters each year and hit a high of 300 in 2013, according to a Monday press release from Creative Hub Worcester. 

The artist lineup consists of live bands, street performers, comedians, acrobatics, demonstrations, and dancers, as well as attractions and activities for children and families. Initially held on Main Street in Worcester, the festival moved to Park Avenue in 2006, where it has remained ever since. 

Zlody co-founded the street festival in 2002. Though she’s stepping down from her role as director, Zlody will remain involved with the festival, shifting her focus to the event’s administrative work. 

"I am an organizational nerd at heart, so moving from hands-on people management and regular meetings, to permitting, insurance, and other tasks will allow the festival to continue its work seamlessly, and is the right fit for me at this time,” Zlody said in the release. 

Continuing their leadership responsibilities for the festival will be Stacy Lord, co-founder of Creative Hub Worcester who has co-directed the festival with Zlody since its launch, and Marotta, who joined as co-director in 2022. 

“I leave the day-to-day running and leadership of stART on the Street to two hugely capable women who have dedicated themselves not only to the festival, but to the arts and culture in Worcester,” Zlody said.

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