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WOW launches contest; prepping for several community events

WESTFIELD-Artists in varying mediums are encouraged to teach a class this spring at the Creative Arts Center on Elm Street.

“We are recruiting anyone who would like to teach a class,” said Jason Polan, event director for Westfield on Weekends (WOW). Polan also serves as WOW’s marketing chair and PumpkinFest c0-chair.

Polan, who has served on WOW’s board for two years, joined the organization to help produce and plan fun community events in the city.

“We’re working through our plans for live music, and our Creative Arts Center at the Rinnova Building will be reopening in the spring,” said Polan. 

Polan added that PumpkinFest will return either in person or as a socially distanced event, and DecemberFest will return.

“We have a lot going on for WOW,” said Polan, noting that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, board members have been meeting frequently over the Zoom platform for months.

Now through March 31, WOW organizers have launched a WOW Facebook Cover Contest, and are encouraging area residents to post one of their creative endeavors on the Westfield on Weekends Facebook page.

WOW organizers note they were “so impressed” by all of the art that was submitted during ArtWorks of Westfield’s recent Weird Art Show, they are also hopeful that artists of all ages will consider participating in this endeavor.

“We wanted to do a little something of our own that encapsulated all different creative vibes,” notes organizers on Facebook, adding, “All you need to do is post a photo of your work. The work can be a photo of an afghan you made, a watercolor you painted, a dance you performed, music you played, a photograph you captured, inspiring words you wrote.”

Submissions can be “absolutely anything that helped your creative juices flow,” however, all entries must be “tasteful and family friendly photos.”

The photo with the most hearts, thumbs up and smiley face reactions will be WOW’s April Facebook cover, along with a brief description of the photo and the artist.

For persons who have questions on the contest, send a message through Messenger on the Westfield on Weekends Facebook page.

For more information on WOW’s plans for 2021, or to become involved, visit or send an email to [email protected].

Westfield on Weekends is a volunteer, nonprofit organization devoted to enriching the creative vitality of the community through accessible artistic and cultural events, programs and entertainment.

“We look forward to helping the community continue to thrive as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Polan.

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