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Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences across the state that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Launched in 2013 by the Boch Center as part of a mission-driven strategy to strengthen its role in both the community and the creative economy beyond just its downtown historic theaters, ArtWeek’s growth has been explosive and the festival has become the Center’s signature nonprofit community-wide program.

In May 2017, the Boch Center announced ArtWeek was expanding statewide and launched a new logo, website address (ArtWeekMA.org) with continued support from founding partner Highland Street Foundation. Statewide champions of ArtWeek include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and the Mass Cultural Council, who are joined by hundreds of community and media partners representing every region in the Commonwealth. Featuring hundreds of arts and cultural experiences (many free), the event is now cited as one of the area’s top special events and the “Bay State’s most creative festival.” 


ArtWeek 2020 (scheduled for May 1 – May 10) was anticipated to be another record-breaking season. ArtWeek 2020 was cancelled as of March 20, 2020, and instead we celebrated #ArtWeekAtHome with 200+ online activities, ten days of daily creative challenges, and more. As the global pandemic continues to create uncertainty and upheaval, we have made the difficult decision to cancel ArtWeek 2021 as the Center re-evaluates its strategic priorities amid new realities, and as funders and supporters explore how best to support both the people and organizations in our communities that have been most deeply impacted by this crisis.



ArtWeek is a community program of the Boch Center, a leading nonprofit performing arts center, and has become a nationally-recognized celebration.  With the dedication and commitment of a small but mighty team, ArtWeek would not be possible without the additional creative support of the Boch Center’s Marketing Department, the generosity of the Boch Center’s Boards of Directors and Overseers, and the countless partners and collaborators who provide the creative sparks. 

Photo Credits:

TOP HEADER: 2019 Event – Community Drum Circle/Spaulding Rehabilitation Center (Sandwich)

BOTTOM HEADER: IFF Showcase (Boston)