The Second Annual Statewide Celebration of the Arts, Presented by Highland Street Foundation and Produced by the Boch Center, Announces the Official Event Calendar of Nearly 600 Events!
Boston, MA (April 1, 2019) – ArtWeek, which is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, announced the full event calendar for its Spring 2019 festival celebrating the arts across the Commonwealth. This year’s festival will host the largest lineup ever, offering nearly 600 unique events! Events will be held statewide during ArtWeek from Friday, April 26 – Sunday, May 5, 2019. The 10-day, innovative festival features creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Of the almost 600 events taking place, an astounding 70 percent of them are free to attend. The full calendar of artistic experiences can be found at artweekma.org.
ArtWeek events truly span creative genres and range from events at museums and landmarks, to music and open studios, to culinary arts and mixology, and everything in between. There will be events focused on dance, education, film, and theater, as well as a number of family-friendly events. ArtWeek offers affordable – and often free – events and celebrates all forms of creativity in an accessible way for everyone who lives, works, plays, and visits Massachusetts.
With many unique and creative DIY events, participants can create art with an assortment of materials including molding glass at Glass KABOOM or sinking their hands in clay at the Community Kiln in Framingham’s Play With Clay experience. The Save the Harbor/Save the Bay organization is taking it one step further with their Changing Course – Collaborative Art Installation event, where people will use plastic water bottles collected from the region’s beaches to create an artistic representation of marine life. ArtWeek truly offers events that will spark your interest and appetite, especially with the Salvador Dalí Inspired Dinner experience. For the price of $50, guests can attend an evening of adventurous eating with recipes from Dalís’ Les Dinners de Gala.
ArtWeek embraces the many different forms of art and the wide spectrum of subjects involved; which includes animals of course! With the Plein Air Drawing with Friendly Goats and Chickens interactive experience on the Cape, participants can take a walk with goats and chickens and then can compose a picture of the animals by either painting or drawing. Attendees that wish to learn and visually appreciate art, can travel to the Three Sisters Sanctuary and experience their 80-foot stone and mosaic dragon that literally breathes fire at the Experience Fire Breathing Dragons event.
Light Up the Night and Art of Food return as a special part of the festivities again this year. Light Up the Night is a special nighttime salute to our arts, cultural, and creative communities where iconic buildings and structures light up during ArtWeek on different nights in multicolored splendor. The Art of Food initiative is another special program where restaurants create a special cocktail or menu item with the inspiration from art and offer them during ArtWeek. Throughout the festival, adults, teens and children alike can all find an ArtWeek experience that will not only be fun but delicious!
ArtWeek events span the Commonwealth’s six regions: Greater Boston, North of Boston, South of Boston, Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts. This year, ArtWeek added #DestinationArtWeek, another special offering from a various hotels and inns that allow travelers from near and far to stay at their establishment at a discounted rate. The lodging program enables guests to make a mini-vacation out of their travels as they also participate in the series of ArtWeek programs that are in close proximity to their hotel.
For more information, visit artweekma.org.
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring almost 600 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 125 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 of ArtWeek 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, the Foundation for MetroWest, Dartamon Consulting, and DPA Communications. Lead Media partners include WCVB Channel 5, Entercom, AdSpace, El Planeta, WBUR, Improper Bostonian, Boston Metro, Boston Central, Boston Parent, Edge Media Network, The Valley Advocate, Cape Cod Life Publications, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Lowell Sun, Sentinel & Enterprise, The Valley Dispatch, Nashoba Valley Voice, Media News Group, Boston Globe, Clear Channel Outdoor, Bay State Banner, Dig Media, Cape Cod Community Media Center, WCAI, Playbill/Art New England, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Visit New England, The Word Boston, Northshore Magazine, Sippican Week as well as many others. ArtWeek’s expansion has also been powered by an extensive network of more than 125 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.