Contact: Michelle Chapman

Boston, MA (April 25, 2016) – – ArtWeek, a bi-annual, ten-day creative festival, will offer more than 170 events this season, including many opportunities to get creative on Mother’s Day. ArtWeek will run from April 29 – May 8 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

This season’s ArtWeek events offer opportunities to either create or buy art for Mother’s Day or to spend some quality time with Mom by bringing her to a unique, creative event over the weekend. Some of this season’s Mother’s Day weekend events include:

(Full list of events here)

Artful Cards for Mom
Create a hand-made note for Mom while enjoying tasty treats!
Lead Partner: Boston Public Market
Price: Free
Location: Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting our card making station to create a special, handmade note for your mom. Boston Public Market volunteers will also be on-hand to artfully wrap Mother’s Day gifts – find them throughout the market, from vibrant local flowers to tasty chocolate treats!

Make Your Own Glass Art
One-of-a-kind gift-making with Mom!
Lead Partner: Diablo Glass School
Price: $25
Location: Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 8 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

At Diablo Glass School you and your family can make a wide range of glass objects, with the help of our experienced glass workers. We have options for ages 6 and up. No experience is required. The experience is maximum one hour in length depending on the project you pick. Appropriate safety equipment and materials are provided for each project Book your experience online with anticipation. Important information : All items (except sandblasted items) are not available for same-day pick-up, and must be picked up two days later. Shipping is available for an additional fee.

Mother’s Day in the Garden
Build an herb garden while enjoying brunch treats!
Lead Partner: Trustees
Price: $24 Adult Members; $5 Children of Members; $30 Nonmember Adults; $10 Children General
Location: Worcester Street Community Garden, Worcester St between Tremont and Columbus, Boston
Sunday, May 8 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Celebrate Mother’s Day and the art of herb gardening with your family enjoying healthy brunch treats amidst the spring flowers. We’ll have supplies to make your own potted herb arrangement using your own container or one we’ll have available. A great activity for all and a perfect gift for Mom. Herb pot, plants, and supplies are included.

Shop Art: Mother’s Day Bazaar
Join an artists’ talk while eating and shopping!
Lead Partner: Into Your Art Inc (IYA)
Community Partner: Club Cafe Boston
Price: Free
Location: Club Cafe Boston, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston
Sunday, May 8 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Special for ArtWeek, join us for an artist talk from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and review artisans’ slide shows and any other media projected on the walls during Into Your Art Inc.’s Mother’s Day Bazaar on May 8, 2016. The Bazaar will display and sell Jewelry, Accessories, Ceramics, Pottery, Body & Beauty Products, Crafts, art, and more from 12 to 15 artisans. This event is created to recognize and celebrate mothers through providing an art experience that showcases artistic works and products that Mothers enjoy. Artisans will receive 50% off Club Cafe Boston annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Guests will also be receiving 20% off Club Cafe Boston annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Guests can use, try on and/or buy artistic work or products at the bazaar and will enjoy Club Cafe Boston food and beverages.

Weld A Critter/ Sam Adams Tour
Kids can craft an object for Mom, and both get cookies!
Lead Partner: Stonybrook Fine Arts
Community Partner: Samuel Adams Brewery
Price: $50
Location: Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter Street, Boston
Saturday, May 7 from 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Play with fire in this beginner workshop! Learn the basics of MIG Welding, shop safety, using tools and equipment. After you get the gist of welding, you create a small sculpture! We provide all of the safety gear and materials. MIG welding is sort like using a hot glue gun with a wire feed running through it. When you touch the wire to the metal, it creates an arc, which creates a weld. After the workshop, quench your thirst with an exclusive ArtWeek VIP tour of the Sam Adams Brewery across the street. Finish up the day with a cookie from Ula Cafe! Workshop minimum age 14 with parent or guardian permission. Children are welcome on the Brewery tour and can enjoy root beer. Workshop age minimum is 10 years old with parent or guardian. All ages are welcome for the Brewery tour where root beer is also available. Finish with a cookie from Ula Cafe! Wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe substantial shoes and tie back long hair.

ArtWeek also offers many opportunities for you and Mom to experience something new together, including:

Boston Theater Marathon XVIII
Lead Partner: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
Price: $10 BU Alumni, WGBH and WBUR members, Huntington Theatre subscribers; $6 CFA Membership; free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Location: Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston
Sunday, May 8 from 12:00 – 10:00 PM

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) presents the 18th annual Boston Theater Marathon. The Boston Theater Marathon features 50 ten-minute plays, by 51 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatres in ten hours. Boston Theater Marathon XVIII: For almost two decades, the BTM has brought together playwrights, directors and theatres in an effort to foster collaboration between artists and producers. Many playwrights have enjoyed full-length productions with collaborating theatres because of relationships forged during the Boston Theater Marathon. Net proceeds from ticket sales to the Boston Theater Marathon will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.

Cut! Costume & the Cinema Tour
Lead Partner: Heritage Museums & Gardens
Price: Free with museum admission of $18
Location: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Premiere Tour of Special Exhibit CUT! Costume and the Cinema. Join Alexandra Mulrow, Heritage’s Manager of Interpretive Programs, on a gallery tour introducing Heritage’s new special exhibit CUT! Costume and the Cinema to celebrate 2016 Spring ArtWeek Boston! Take an on-set tour of some of your favorite movies and learn about the costumes that created memorable characters in this interactive discussion. No advance registration required.

Open Arts Day 2016
Lead Partner: Arsenal Center for the Arts
Community Partners: Watertown, Belmont, Waltham, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Price: Free
Location: Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Arsenal Center for the Arts hosts its annual free family-friendly, Open Arts Day event on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. The drop-in open house features visual and performing arts workshops taught by the skilled arsenalARTS & Watertown Children’s Theatre staff. Participants can experiment with Clay (handbuilding and pottery wheel), Printmaking, Mixed-media and other art activities for the whole family. This year’s event will again feature a very special outdoor Steamroller Printing Project where artists will carve printmaking plates, ink them up, and then roll over them with an industrial steamroller to create Relief print masterpieces!

Poe’s Boston: A Walking Tour
Lead Partner: Paul Lewis
Community Partner: Boston Literary District
Price: $15 (Cash Only)
Location: In front of the Milner Hotel, 78 Charles Street South, Boston
Sunday, May 8 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM

The Raven’s Trail Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston: This 90-minute tour explores Poe’s connections to Boston—from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845. Though Poe spent less than a year living in Boston, he was intensely engaged throughout his career with the writers and editors he called “Frogpondians.” Sites visited include the likely Poe birthplace, Poe Square, the grave of Charles Sprague (called the Banker-Poet of Boston), the mansion where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow got married (seen from Boston Common), and the Frog Pond. The tour ends at Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, Poe Returning to Boston, allowing for Q&A and selfies taken with Boston’s most photogenic sculpture. Your guide is Paul Lewis, Boston College English professor and president of the Poe Studies Association. Price of this tour will be $15, $2.50 of which will go to support maintenance of the Rocknak statue. No advance tickets.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. Participants can go on a running tour of Boston’s cultural landmarks, join a Brazilian dance and drum parade, create a one-of-a-kind public art installation, or experience pop-up opera at the Boston Public Market. Since more than 65% of events are free and all are affordable, you can also watch local chefs battle to design the best seafood dish, create sensory friendly brainprints with MIT neuroscientists, or see the latest creations from local fashion designers. These exciting events are happening across more than 50 neighborhoods and towns, including Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Edgartown, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Nantucket, Newton, Peabody, Provincetown, Salem, Somerville, Wellesley, West Tisbury, Worcester, and more. A complete calendar of events can be found here.

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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

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