Next Season: April 26 - May 5, 2019

ARTWEEK ANNOUNCES LAST CALL FOR EARLY BIRD APPLICATION ENTRY FOR SPRING 2019 FESTIVAL

The Second Annual Statewide Celebration of the Arts, Presented by Highland Foundation and Produced by the Boch Center, Encourages Submissions Before Friday, January 11th

Boston, MA (January 7, 2019) – With the early bird application deadline approaching on Friday, January 11, 2019, ArtWeek, which is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, is announcing last call for event submissions for its Spring 2019 festival celebrating the arts across the Commonwealth. Hundreds of events will be held statewide during ArtWeek from Friday, April 26 – Sunday, May 5, 2019. Applications to submit an event can be found at artweekma.org.

Benefits to submitting event applications before the early bird deadline include extra consideration for approval and consideration by the ArtWeek team, visibility on the Boch Center Wang Theatre marquee, as well as additional marketing support through a comprehensive advertising, digital marketing and public relations campaign.

“We have over 110 confirmed partners as of today, which is a huge increase from our 2018 year-end total of 74 partners,” said Joe Spaulding, President & CEO, Boch Center. “Much of that can be attributed to our Lead Champion, Sue Sullivan, who has logged nearly 2,000 miles traveling throughout the state to host presentations and attend meetings with different communities to get them excited and engaged early, allowing them ample time to conceptualize and produce their most creative, inspiring and intriguing events imaginable.”

Those interested in learning more about ArtWeek before submitting their event, but not ready to submit before the early bird deadline on January 11, can join the ArtWeek team for a thirty-minute informational “ArtWeek 101” webinar on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at noon or Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7 p.m. Registration takes place at artweekma.org/spring-2019-informational-webinars. Final deadline for event submission is Friday, February 22, 2019.

ArtWeek is an award-winning, innovative festival that features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. ArtWeek is a way in which so many forms of creativity can be showcased in a truly affordable and accessible way for everyone who lives, works, plays and visits Massachusetts. In 2018, 90% of all the 525+ events were either free or under $25 for admittance. ArtWeek events span the Commonwealth’s six regions: Greater Boston, North of Boston, South of Boston, Cape & Islands, Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts. After opening up applications to all of Massachusetts for the first time last year, a remarkable 130 cities, town and neighborhoods participated.

For more information, visit artweekma.org.

About ArtWeek

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 500 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and now serves over 100 towns across Massachusetts as the signature nonprofit community program of the Boch Center.

ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by offering unique and affordable neighborhood-based events that provide increased access to art, culture, and creativity. Through community, artistic, and media collaborations, this festival provides experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film and much more.

Statewide champions include the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the Mass Cultural Council, who also serves as ArtWeek’s Creative Communities sponsor. Additional support comes from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Foundation for MetroWest. Lead Media partners include WCVB Channel 5, Entercom, AdSpace, Improper Bostonian, Boston Metro, Boston Central, Boston Globe, Bay State Banner, Cape Cod Community Media Center and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, as well as many others. ArtWeek’s expansion has also been powered by an extensive network of more than 110 creative collaborators at the statewide, regional and community level. To learn more about the festival and its growth, visit www.artweekma.org

About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $180 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

About the Boch Center

The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek

collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at bochcenter.org

About the Mass Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools. Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.​

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