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!)
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.
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.