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Award recipients to be announced at June 27 event.

Boston, MA (June 6, 2016) – Citi Performing Arts Center announced that ArtWeek has been named a finalist for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s (MNN) “Nonprofit Excellence Award” in the category of Collaboration. ArtWeek, a bi-annual, 10-day innovative arts festival, is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center. The MNN will announce all Nonprofit Excellence Award recipients at a State House reception on June 27, which is Nonprofit Awareness Day.

“With the support of Highland Street Foundation, we launched ArtWeek in 2013 to give Greater Boston residents and visitors the chance to experience local arts and cultural offerings in an exciting, new way,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “Today, we’re proud to have built partnerships with more than 600 local businesses, artists, and organizations, and produced nearly 600 unique events that have drawn an estimated 50,000+ participants to over 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. We hope and expect the festival will continue to grow as we continue to collaborate with existing and new partners, further emphasizing the depth and breadth of creativity this area has to offer.”

Every year, MNN honors the dedication, passion, and impact of nonprofit organizations and leaders through the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Excellence Award in Collaboration recognizes the lead organization that was the catalyst for an effort by two or more nonprofit organizations. These organizations partnered to address a compelling problem that could not have been solved as effectively by a single organization.

“We are extremely proud and honored that ArtWeek has received this recognition from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network,” said Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief Strategic Officer at Citi Performing Arts Center. “The success of ArtWeek is a wonderful example of how a rising tide can lift all boats – and we hope ArtWeek’s uniquely collaborative framework will inspire others to creatively work together to benefit the community at large.”

“We’re honored to be a part of something as innovative and inclusive as ArtWeek,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director of the Highland Street Foundation. “Congratulations to our friends at Citi Performing Arts Center for building an arts program in which everyone can enjoy and participate.”

For more information on the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, please click here.

About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Born in Boston, ArtWeek has grown so rapidly since its 2013 launch that it now serves communities throughout all of Eastern Massachusetts.

Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness about the area’s creative economy and its creative communities, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek has a network of generous media partners, including WHDH-TV/WLVI-TV,, Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9, 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7), and Titan Cares, with additional support from Lesley University, Clear Channel, the MBTA, and Long Haul Films. For more information, visit

About Highland Street Foundation – Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $165 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