Spring 2018: April 27 - May 6
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 that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Launched in 2013 and produced by the Boch Center as part of a 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.

In May 2017, the Boch Center announced ArtWeek was expanding statewide and recently launched a new logo, website address (ArtWeekMA.org), and social media channels—check us out @ArtWeekMA.  We also announced that the Mass Cultural Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism have become our new Lead Champions. Working with these two statewide partners will allow for the development of regional hubs with an expanding showcase of the Commonwealth’s creative economy. So mark your calendars now – the next ArtWeek festival will take place from April 27 – May 6, 2018!

Here is a general overview sheet and don’t miss our 14 “Event Inspiration Sheets” that is sure to ignite creative ideas for event hosts! For more information on how to submit an event for ArtWeek, click here. For more information about ArtWeek in general, keep scrolling down the page! To join our Mailing List, click here to find out the latest news from the ArtWeek team.

When is the next ArtWeek?

Mark your calendars for April 27 – May 6, 2018! Applications for submitting events will open on November 1, 2017; the early bird application deadline will be January 8, 2018, and the final deadline will be on February 28. The full schedule is revealed in late March/early April – so be sure to sign up HERE for our newsletter stay on top of all the latest news or sign up HERE to get information about being an event host!

What is ArtWeek?

ArtWeek is affordable fun for anyone with a creative sense of adventure. A ten-day award-winning spring festival featuring unique and unexpected experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process, each ArtWeek event is a one-of-a-kind celebration that people won’t want to miss (especially since many are FREE, although some range in price up to $50). Since fall 2013, ArtWeek has featured nearly 1,000 events involving more than 900 organizations and partners!

What type of events should I expect to see?

The multicolor lighting of iconic structures such as the Prudential Tower, a biking tour of Allston’s cultural landmarks, an opportunity to design political posters, unleash your inner rock star at an open mic night, become a Jedi Lego master, learn traditional Greek dances, go behind the scenes with the Urban Nutcracker, master the art of giving a TEDx Talk, or learn to paint like Monet…these are just some of the creative experiences that have made ArtWeek so unique! To view past events, click here . Every ArtWeek features some real outside-of-the-box experiences – which is why each one is so fun and different!

Is ArtWeek statewide now?

Yes! After explosive growth throughout 70+ towns/neighborhoods in Eastern Massachusetts, it was announced in May 2017 that ArtWeek would become an annual spring festival but expand statewide. Click here to read about the simpler name (ArtWeek), new website address (ArtWeekMA.org), updated social media channels (@ArtWeekMA), and why the Mass Cultural Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism have signed up to be our statewide Lead Champions.

Who else supports ArtWeek?

Since 2013 ArtWeek has been produced by the Boch Center as part of a strategy to strengthen its community role beyond just its downtown historic theaters, while also championing the importance of the region’s creative economy. Highland Street Foundation has also been our presenting sponsor since 2013, as part of its exemplary commitment to providing affordable and accessible creative opportunities to children and families across the Commonwealth. In the upcoming months, in addition to the Mass Cultural Council and MOTT more groups will be added as ArtWeek champions throughout the state’s six regions. And as always, we’ve have a wide range of generous media partners and an active network of community collaborators who help us get the word out. If you’d like to learn more or get involved, just email us at artweek@bochcenter.org!

What’s in it for the community and for the public?

ArtWeek was inspired by National Endowment for the Arts research that highlighted how today’s cultural audiences are looking for something a little different – social, learning-based, creatively interactive, hands-on, and/or uniquely experiential. That is why you will find ArtWeek events have a “twist” which is what makes the ten days during ArtWeek so memorable. With many programs free, and 90% free or under $25, ArtWeek is the perfect excuse to take art into your own hands, explore a new region, meet new people, and experience creative communities!

Who hosts events?

We have had over 900 organizations, individuals, and partners host 1,000+ events over the past several years – and you can too! Small businesses, arts organizations of all sizes, neighborhood groups, artists, chefs, designers, architects, public art mavens, students, nonprofits, historic sites, libraries, hotels and restaurants, schools … the list is endless!

Who is the ArtWeek Team?

The ArtWeek team is comprised of staff members from the Boch Center, interns, volunteers and community and regional advisors. As a nonprofit performing arts center, the Boch Center honors all kinds of arts, culture, and creativity – and we have an enduring commitment to our community. Launching ArtWeek fit with our mission of being more than just the four walls of our theatres, honoring individual artists as well as creative businesses in the regional we call home.

What about ADA accessibility?

Do you have questions about the accessibility of a particular venue or program? We encourage all events and programs to be accessible to people with disabilities. If you have specific questions, please contact the event partner directly for details if you do not see that information listed on the event’s webpage.

What are the three “ArtWeek Initiatives”?

Art of Food celebrates the diversity and beauty of art through conceiving, creating and constructing meaningful food items to bring the community together. During ArtWeek, restaurants are invited to create a specialty dish or cocktail that is inspired by art in any form. For those who donate a portion of their proceeds back to ArtWeek, we use those funds to support arts programs in schools.

Light Up the Night is a visual display of the Commonwealth’s creative landscape– landmark buildings and locations “light up” as a kick-off to ArtWeek to illustrate the spectrum of creativity that our region offers. Participating landmarks in the past have included the Prudential Tower, South Station, Channel Street Garage, and Zakim Bridge.

ArtWeek on the Road was launched in Spring 2016 in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor and the Boch Center. Local artist groups are selected by guest curator groups to be featured on different billboards and have included Fort Point Arts, Society of Arts and Crafts, and Boston Cyber Arts.

I’m interested in getting involved with ArtWeek – how do I do that?

We suggest to everyone that you sign up for our newsletters (click here)! Here are some other ideas too:

If you are an individual artist, business or organization interested in hosting an event, we encourage you to read through our ArtWeek Host FAQs to learn more – these can be found HERE.

If you would like to learn about how you can volunteer during ArtWeek, read about our ArtWeek Ambassador opportunities HERE.

If you are a blogger or associated with press, please reach out to Michelle Chapman, Director of Communications and PR, at mchapman@bochcenter.org.

Still have questions? Reach out at artweek@bochcenter.org or follow us on social media @ArtweekMA — we’d love to explore the creative possibilities with you and answer any additional questions!

ArtWeek By the Numbers (Since Fall 2013)

organizations and partners
 78 million+
impressions from press coverage
$2.5 million+
in advertising campaign support
neighborhoods & towns
over 60% of events

ArtWeek and Boch Center are not responsible for the ticketing or cancellation of any ArtWeek event but will post information on the website as soon as it is informed by the event host/sponsor.