Contact: Michelle Chapman

BOSTON – December 10, 2015 – Citi Performing Arts Center announced today that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is awarding a $35,000 grant in support of 2016 programming for Citi Center’s twice-annual arts festival, ArtWeek Boston. In 2016, ArtWeek will take place from April 29 – May 8 and again from September 30 – October 9. Applications are available here for Spring 2016.

“ArtWeek Boston is an exciting, innovative initiative that provides members of the community with more than 100 unexpected and creative cultural experiences—many of which are free of charge—over the span of 10 days each spring and fall,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “We are thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has made this critically important investment in ArtWeek, which will help us provide exceptional and outside-the-box arts content in many communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts as the program continues to grow.”

Launched in 2013, ArtWeek Boston works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by giving people a “sneak peek” at the creative process or by letting them be part of a unique, hands-on creative experience. Through community and artistic collaborations, this award-winning festival provides neighborhood-based experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, and film. To date, ArtWeek has worked with more than 475 organizations and partners, hosting more than 400 events in 45 neighborhoods and towns in Eastern Massachusetts.

This grant was announced as part of NEA’s first round of funding for fiscal year 2016, which totals more than $27.6 million. ArtWeek Boston was awarded an Art Works grant, a category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

Click here to learn more about ArtWeek Boston.

About ArtWeek Boston – ArtWeek Boston, loosely based on Restaurant Week, is a collection of curated events/experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and creative community in Boston and beyond. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the customer experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy. ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion. For a complete listing of events, visit

About Citi Performing Arts Center – Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the
City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For more information, please visit