Art Week’s Version of “How’d They Do That?” – Part II

ArtWeek's Version of "How'd They Do That?"

January 8, 2020 

If you are signed up for the ArtWeek newsletter, follow us on social media, or are a fan of the ArtWeek blog, you may have already heard about the new section on the website’s inspiration page called Community Profiles that highlights how eight very different communities across the state got involved with ArtWeek and how they leveraged it in a variety of ways.

Spotlighting small towns, urban hubs, rural communities, and regional partnerships – these community profiles provide mini-case studies (2-3 pages) that are quick and easy to read but also offer valuable inspiration and advice from local creative champions. We highly suggest reading all eight profiles (Amherst, Belchertown, Cape Ann, Great Barrington, Harwich, Lynn, Marion, and Plymouth), but here are four quick spotlights about communities worth learning more about.  (Don’t miss the earlier blog that previews the other four communities!)

First Saturday Plymouth

Plymouth: Creatively Celebrating the Present, Past, and Future 

The year 2020 promises to be a historic one as Plymouth celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Working with the Town of Plymouth, See Plymouth, Plymouth 400, elected officials, and an ever expanding roster of diverse community partners, the Plymouth Bay Cultural District took the lead over the past two years in putting art, culture, and the creative economy in the spotlight. Using innovative partnerships, out-of-the box programming, and creative marketing, this town uses ArtWeek to highlight how vibrant and colorful its community truly is.

 

Belchertown: Creative Communities Thriving Off the Beaten Track

Did you know that Belchertown has one of the largest land masses in Massachusetts and is considered semi-rural with an estimated population of 14,700?  This small community is a great example of how one local cultural council’s “big thinking” around ArtWeek is making an impact by linking economic development and the creative economy.  Read how donated storage containers, town-wide collaborations, and a town green garden of school-made recycled flowers have put culture and creativity center stage.
Belchertown Arts & Culture Walk
Beyond Walls' Vintage Neon & Street Art Tour

 

Lynn: A City Reimagined as a Cultural Hub

North of Boston, Lynn is a city that is changing their narrative and quickly becoming recognized as a creative cultural destination. Several years ago, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District took on the role of community catalyst because they viewed ArtWeek as a unique opportunity to unite diverse groups around a common goal. Building momentum over the past two years of ArtWeek, they have featured bilingual tours, pop-up performances at commuter rail stops, partnered with schools as well as churches, and engaged restaurants and small businesses in an approach that really showcases why Lynn is becoming a cultural hub for both residents and visitors.

 

Marion: A Hidden Gem Where Volunteerism Thrives

With just about 5,000 residents, this small town on the south coast of Massachusetts has seen the Marion Art Center emerge as a true community leader and convener over the past several years. The center is powered by the passion, vision, and creativity of dedicated volunteers who have artfully leveraged ArtWeek to showcase how this charming seaside town is also a thriving creative community. Boasting an inspiring weeklong ArtWeek calendar filled with unique workshops, interactive performances, and creative collaborations, the Marion Art Center illustrates how invaluable volunteers can be when cast in leading roles.

Marion Jazz Jam
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