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Thank You (2019)!


As we close out the 2019 ArtWeek season, we want to extend immense gratitude from our team to everyone who had a hand in making this year a success! Between our sponsors, collaborators, partners, and our amazing event hosts, we saw creative sparks across the state despite a week of weather woes. Our team fanned across the state to experience ArtWeek first hand and we were awestruck by the many individuals, organizations, towns, and cities that created amazing experiences during ArtWeek. It was more than we could have imagined and we only wish we could have experienced more first-hand. 

A special thanks to Highland Street Foundation, our founding presenter, as well as our other supporters including the Mass Cultural Council, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Foundation of MetroWest, as well as our partners including Music Drives Us Foundation, DPA Communications, and Dartamonov Consulting.  Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make year two of ArtWeek’s statewide expansion such a success.  Now, we are just starting to debrief but also planning on how to make 2020 even better! Until then, we hope you continue to explore our Creative Commonwealth and support local arts. See you next spring!

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Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners

Now that ArtWeek is underway, we’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude once again to the groups that have made it all possible, helping to build what we hope becomes an enduring celebration of arts, cultural, and creative communities. So many organizations from all over the state have done an incredible service by offering their resources and spreading the word about ArtWeek far and wide.  Collaboration and partnerships are the foundation cornerstones of ArtWeek, so we wanted to give a special shout-out to ArtWeek’s 150+ partners and sponsors. Thank you and Bravo!

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Presented by The Highland Street Foundation

Lead Champions Massachussetts Office of Travel and Tourism and Mass Cultural Council

Sponsors and Supporters

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

DPA Communications

Foundation for MetroWest

Dartamon Consulting

Statewide Collaborators

Arts Extention Service

Massachussets History Alliance


Arts Learning


MASS Access

Massachusetts Center for the Book

Mass Humanities


Music Drives Us

New England Foundation for the Arts

New England Museum Association


VSA Massachusetts


Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Regional Collaborators

Boston Main Streets

Cambridge Arts

Greater Boston Concierge Association

The Freedom Trail Foundation

Irish Film Festival


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Cape Cod Museum Trail

Cape and Islands Theater Coalition


Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce

Desitination New Bedford

See Plymouth

SouthCoast Chamber

Southeastern Massachussetts Visitors Bureau

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Essex National Heritage Area

Greater Merrimack Valley Visitors Bureau

Creative County Initiative

North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau


Discover Central Massachusetts

Freedom’s Way

MetroWest Visitors Bureau

River’s Edge Arts Alliance

Worcester Cultural Coalition


Berkshire Young Professionals

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce


Hampshire County

Mohawk Trail Region

Diamond Media Partners



103.3 AMP Radio

Magic 106.7

Mix 104.1


El Planeta

Platinum Media Partners

Valley Advocate

Boston Central

Boston Parent

Edge Media Network

Daily Hampshire Gazette


The Improper Bostonian

Media News Group

Cape Cod Life Publications

Gold Media Partners

Art New England

The Bay State Banner

The Boston Globe

Clear Channel Outdoor

Cape Cod Community Media Center

Dig Media

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority



Silver Media Partners

Northshore Magazine

Sippican Week

The Word Boston

The Front Door Project

Visit New England

Community Partners

Anthi Frangiadis

Amherst Central Cultural District

Amherst Business Improvement District

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Arlington Cultural District

Art Lenox

Arts Connect International

ArtSpace Maynard

Assabet Village Cultural District

Barnstable Village Cultural District

Brockton First Foundation

Boston Dance Alliance

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Latin Quarter Cultural District

Boston Literary Cultural District

Boston Society of Architects

Boston Spot-Lite

Cambridge Community Center

Cape Cod Art Center

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Central Square Business Association

Central Square Cultural District

Chatham Chamber of Commerce

City of Salem

Community Art Center

Concord Central Cultural District

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Creative Arts Network

Creative Collective (Salem)

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Cultural Pittsfield

Dennis Chamber of Commerce

Destination New Bedford

Destination Salem

Discover Gloucester

Downtown Framingham

Downtown Lynn Cultural District

Eastham Chamber of Commerce

Easton Shoveltown Cultural District

Essex River Cultural District

Falmouth Art Center

Falmouth Chamber of Commerce

Fenway Community Center

Fenway Cultural District

Friends of Fort Point Channel

Franklin Cultural Council

Glass Town Cultural District

Great Barrington Cultural District

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Harwich Chamber of Commerce

Harwich Cultural Center

Hitchcock Free Academy/Brimfield

Hyannis HyArts Cultural District

Lenox Chamber of Commerce


Marion Art Center

Nantucket Arts Council

Nantucket Cultural District

Natick Center Cultural District

New Bedford Seaport Cultural District

Newbury Street League

North Adams Downtown Cultural District

Northampton Arts Council

Northeastern Crossing

Norwood Cultural Council

Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Palmer Cultural Council

Pao Arts Center

Paradise City Cultural District

Plymouth Bay Cultural District

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce

Salem Chamber of Commerce

Sandwich Arts Alliance

Sandwich Chamber of Commerce

Sandwich Local Cultural Council

Sohn Fine Art

Springfield Central Cultural District

Town of Rockport

Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District

Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce

Wellfleet Cultural District

West Concord Junction Cultural District

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

A Week of Holidays

There’s a lot to celebrate during the week. Make sure to hit these events in honor of the holidays observed on each of these days.

Earth Day, April 22

Though technically belated, these events, held in the name of environmentalism, would be relevant at any time of year. Each expresses a common theme in a different way. The EarthWeek Poetry Challenge runs in conjunction with the Earth Day Parade & Festival in Concord and gives you a chance to add to a public poetry exhibition. There’s the celebration at Maynard, where you can build and launch floating sculptures made from natural materials. At Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, two artists will be conducting demos inspired by natural subjects. Then there’s The Doubtful Sprout, a children’s puppet show with ecological themes.

Arbor Day, April 26

Arbor Day comes just in time to kick ArtWeek off- get in the spirit with this Great Barrington festival. Come by to see the variety of natural life downtown. Pick up a seedling and learn how to plant and encourage growth in trees in your own backyard.

Pinhole Photo Day, April 28

A more obscure day gets a little exposure over ArtWeek’s first weekend. Pinhole photography is practically ancient but far from extinct. In Hyde Park on Saturday and Milton on Sunday, you’ll have the chance to build a rudimentary camera and develop an image you’ll take with your creation. Take photography to the next level and keep an old art form alive.

May Day, May 1

For many, May Day evokes images of spring: buds in bloom, bright days, and maypoles. If you’re seeking that energy, make your way to these events. The Solutions Program of Franklin Public Schools is holding an evening of colorful crafting for families. Make silk flowers and arrange baskets, which make for excellent gifts. Later in the week, enjoy a musical afternoon hosted by Dawna Hammers. She’ll be teaching participants songs and dances to call in the season.

Star Wars Day, May 4

May the Fourth be with you! Fans of the franchise have options this year. Jones Library in Amherst, the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, and Springfield Museum are all saluting the films with crafts, screenings, games, and more. Pay homage to your favorite characters and meet other fans.

Cinco de Mayo, May 5

Finally, join the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in celebrating Mexican folk art. Drop in to create a piece based on Huichol Yarn Paintings, and bring along the kids for a flower-based project of their own. This day in Mexican history is perfect to appreciate Mexican arts a bit more!

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

Brighten Your Day with Sidewalk Art

Sun and spring breeze on your face, flowers blooming all around, and families out enjoying the weather: conditions are perfect to enjoy these public arts events. The common theme here? Sidewalks. Come see how these spaces are being transformed and take part in making part of your town a little more beautiful for the season.

2nd Annual Chalk the Walk and BFCCPS Sidewalk Chalk Festival!

Franklin is bookending ArtWeek with two great chalk events. First, kick things off with Chalk the Walk, held by Roots Art Studio. They are calling on artists to depict what they think makes the town great. Register for a sidewalk square and let your imagination run wild. The next weekend, check out the debut of BFCCPS’s festival. Bring a box of chalk and get ready to make the town common your canvas.

MAC Sidewalk “Sale-abration”

Come around to Main Street to see the sidewalk getting decked out in Azulejos. Help paint these striking Portuguese designs in front of Marion Art Center and take a minute to browse their sidewalk sale offerings. You can expect live music and entertainers as you take in the day by the MAC.

Mosaic Sidewalk Crack Project

Learn how art is used for good in this public works project. Lynn Tech students are teaming up with artists to carry out sidewalk repairs using ceramics and found objects. Come watch as this team mends cracked walkways throughout Lynn’s Cultural District and leaves behind a makeshift mosaic. The process will be fascinating to watch, and the results will be admired by many for years to come.

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

Mural Making Events to Try

Smiling Faces Mural Installation (Natick)

All across the state new murals are created and unveiled during ArtWeek! Watch and learn from the artists, or meet fellow creatives by contributing to a collaborative mural.

At Joe’s on Newbury in Boston, kickoff ArtWeek by adding to a community mural on the Chef’s Viewing Lane Window, perhaps while enjoying their Art of Food Cocktail “Starry Night Sangria.”  A few days later take a short trip north on the commuter rail to view live mural painting by students at Lynn Tech.  You’ll also have the opportunity to see finished murals by the students, and learn more about their Vocational Training program.

South of Boston and on Cape Cod you’ll find a couple collaborative art projects with a unique spin: For Pieces of Plymouth, you’ll recreate a vintage photograph, which will then be combined with other people’s “pieces” and unveiled at the end of ArtWeek. At Mystery Puzzle Painting in Harwich, you’ll paint a piece of a puzzle that fully assembled will become a 36” by 48” mural.

In Central Massachusetts, you can learn more about mosaics by chatting with the artists installing a new Mosaic Mural in Natick.  Or for a great date night, visit Wormtown Brewery in Worcester for live mural painting paired with a “Drink and Draw.” This new program at the brewery will be happening every two months, but is launching during ArtWeek.

Last but not least, there are a couple great live mural events happening in the Western part of the state.  In Florence, you can check out Jeff Wrench painting a mural of abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.  In Amherst, attend a live Mural Painting session with Ian Macpherson and Alula Shields a few days later at Bistro 63 to earn about the “famous cat.”  Finally, wrap up ArtWeek week with the whole family at the Berkshire Museum by helping create a large colored pencil mural.

Written by Hillary Okun. Read more blog posts here.

Explore Tiffany Windows with ArtWeek

Family Day at the Tiffany Windows Education Center

Make time during ArtWeek’s opening weekend to witness some art history at two impressive architectural sites. Stained glass windows have long been an ingrained part of the Catholic Church’s aesthetic, but there are some examples of these pieces that stand apart from all others.

Louis Comfort Tiffany’s name has become synonymous with the vibrancy and refined detail in his trademark stained glass works. The son of Tiffany & Co founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, this craftsman began his career as a painter before pursuing interior design. His work with home design was met with widespread acclaim and he managed to attract several high profile customers while he worked out of his New York City studio. Soon, he began to experiment with glasswork and devoted more and more of his time to the practice. Though these early experiments were a precursor to his ecclesiastical focus, church windows were just part of his natural evolution as an artist.

Some of Tiffany’s best known products, found and emulated far and wide, are his ornate lampshades. Never to be mistaken for subtle, the bright colors and organic shapes used in these designs make them instantly recognizable, even to those unfamiliar with Tiffany’s work. The design of Tiffany lamps and even their cheaper imitations tends to outshine the function of the lamp itself, turning the bulb into a simple backlight for intricately layered sheets of colored glass. To see the same concept applied in the solemn interior of a church is at once contradictory and breathtaking. These pieces are showy and elaborate, yet reverent to their subjects. Tiffany’s style never comes across as tacky, instead portraying glass saints and angels as the larger-than-life, luminescent figures they are meant to resemble. They must be seen in person to truly be appreciated.

Luckily, two churches in Eastern Massachusetts house collections of such windows, and are inviting visitors to special events during ArtWeek. First, visit Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn for a morning of art and music. Saint Stephen’s boasts 41 of the oldest Tiffany windows to ever be created for religious purposes. In addition to educational programming, the church plans to celebrate their 175th anniversary by filling the parish with song. Stay after the tours for an organ concert performed by Bruce Beecroft. There’s plenty of history to absorb over the course of the day.

On Sunday, the Tiffany Windows Education Center at Arlington Street Church will be hosting family activities throughout the afternoon. There is plenty to see here: the church is fitted with 16 large illustrated windows. Arlington Street Church’s pieces were created by Frederick Wilson, an Englishman who did extensive work for Tiffany. Representatives from the Education Center will go in depth on the story behind the glass. Be sure to bring the kids to this one- the day includes a scavenger hunt, a coloring activity, and the chance to create a mini window model from wax. Be sure to give both of these events a try and enjoy the intimate access to design of such high quality. You’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation for an artist whose work has become so quietly iconic over the years.

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

Celebrating Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! If you’re looking for new ways to celebrate, ArtWeek has got you covered. Hosts across the state are planning events to close out this month with these immersive poetry readings, workshops, and more.

Florence Poetry Carnival

Launching this year, these festivities are sure to become an annual tradition for the city of Florence. The day will feature interactive activities for poetry enthusiasts, and you will have the opportunity to see the title of Florence Poet Laureate passed on to a new honoree. 

Afro-Caribbean Museum Open Mic

Head to Dorchester to visit this museum and catch an evening of performances from Boston-based talent. Live music will set the mood for the slam while a producer mixes the night into a whole new piece. For those who want to get even closer to the action, this open mic will provide the chance to get on stage and join in.

Spoken Word with Kofi Dadzie, Youth Slam, Open Mic

If spoken word appeals to you, don’t miss this event. The lineup, made up of accomplished young poets, features Brave New Voices competitor Kofi Dadzie. Amateurs are invited to participate here as well. Come for the perspective of a new generation and enjoy this showcase of skill.

Dickinson vs. Whitman, the Poetry Knockout!

To witness some literary greats go to battle, make your way to Marion Art Center for a couple rounds of verbal fisticuffs. These two influential writers with roots in New England will go head to head and allow the audience to decide whose legacy reigns supreme. You’ll observe these legacies in action when the bout is followed up by readings from Marion poets.

The Mosaic that is Gloucester: Gloucester Writer’s Center

Gloucester has been home to several poets of note. The city has been home to the likes of Charles Olson, Vincent Ferinni, Gerrit Lansing, and T.S. Eliot. The Writer’s Center is teaming up with The Maud/Olsen Library to explore these writers’ stories. A selection of their works will be shared, followed by discussion.

Arts & Humanity: Poetry Month

Here’s another great chance to read your work to others for the first time. The Old Colony History Museum will be celebrating poetry by inviting guests to share their poems with an audience in a welcoming environment that’s open to all. If you choose to read, feel at ease as you speak to visitors. If you listen, come with an open mind and take in poems from writers of all ages.

First — Poets — Then the Sun — A Writer’s Workshop

Do you wish you wrote great poetry but struggle to start? What better place to find inspiration than the homestead where a great poet spent most of her life? This event is truly a rare opportunity you won’t want to pass up. All who write poetry are invited to take part in this workshop held at the Emily Dickinson Museum. After touring the space, hone your craft while surrounded by the possessions Dickinson left behind.

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

ArtWeek: A Correspondence Course

When was the last time you sent someone a piece of physical mail? Return to the tradition with the help of these events. Come pick up some creative sendable gifts and attend a couple workshops that will have you reconsidering your relationship with something majorly overlooked today: snail mail.

Vintage Postcards and Original Art by Erica Nazzaro

This painter will be holding a live demonstration as part of West Medford Open Studios. She combines pastel, ink, and watercolor in her landscapes. Observe her process and look through her artwork on display. After the demo, Erica will be selling vintage postcards from a collection she’s personally cultivated.

Make Your Own Envelopes

It’s easy to add an interesting twist to all your mail with found paper envelopes. At Calliope Paperie, learn to create these envelopes with scraps of reused paper.

DIY Greeting Cards: Mother’s Day Screen Print

Don’t get your loved ones mass-produced cards from the store. For Mother’s Day, send a gift with a professional degree of quality that still has a handmade touch. Get your hands on real screen printing equipment at Inky Hands Studio in Plymouth and score a set of custom greeting cards.

Make a Watercolor Greeting Card

Share your painting skills with someone when you send them one of these. Go where your imagination takes you and create your own unique design on a card. Each one makes for a great gift to fill with whatever you like.

Connecting Through Writing

If you find yourself at a loss of what to say, join this session held by Of Note Stationers. Take a couple cards to get you started and enter a meditative writing zone. Even for people who rarely write letters, an experience like this will unlock a desire to write for inner peace. Fill your cards with your reflections and treat yourself to extra stationery if you like.

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

A Look at Ekphrasis

Many events during ArtWeek incorporate multimedia elements or bridge the gap between different forms of art. There is so much variety among art forms that even overlapping concepts or subject matters may be presented in entirely different ways. Conceptualizing one subject over different genres and styles takes a great deal of creativity and skill on the part of an artist. This challenge has a name that originated in ancient Greece: ekphrasis, originally defined as a piece of writing inspired by a work of visual art.

Ekphrasis traditionally refers to evocative descriptions of paintings- a dramatic retelling of the detail on a painted urn, for instance. In these ArtWeek events, the tradition takes on a new form: collaborative exhibitions that have both literary and visual works on display.

On ArtWeek’s first Friday night, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod will serve as home to Mutual Muses, an exhibit featuring the work of 100 participants: 50 poets who have been randomly paired with one visual artist each. Each artist has created one initial work and one based of their partner’s “inspiration” piece. Guests can peruse the gallery of visual art and stay around for a reading of the poems produced by this exercise. This exhibit also comes with an interactive component- you’ll be challenged to produce a response to a prompt presented in a creative way.

Another ekphrastic showcase will take place at Munroe Center for the Arts the following night. Listen to poems based on works from area painters. After the performances, the artists will hold a talk on how they reached their pieces, beginning with a work of someone else’s imagination. This evening will give you extra insight on the artistic process and the search for inspiration.

This creative exercise, born from practices aged thousands of years old, provides an excellent look into Massachusetts art scenes. These events prove artists have a mode of communicating with each other that transcends mediums. Take the time to see these interpretations by local talent.

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.

Regional Spotlight – An ArtWeek Tour of Boston

Boston is home to many iconic landmarks. Come visit the most essential tourist spots during ArtWeek and catch these events!

Newbury Street

Newbury Street, known primarily as a spot for shopping and dining, hides surprising depths in its history. If you’ve always wanted to get a closer look at the street’s galleries or if you’ve ever wondered how this district has cultivated such a distinct aesthetic, the Newbury Street League has you covered. Join this free tour that focuses on the art and architecture of the area and get to know the street like never before.

Boston Public Market

Find some order in the ever-busy farmer’s market that’s come to be a favorite of the city. Artist Nefertiti of Etnia Fusion will instruct guests in the art of Furoshiki, a method of gift wrapping originally from Japan. One square of fabric has infinite uses in packing anything you bring with you. Enjoy your Sunday morning shopping, then wrap up your trip in one neat package.

The Greenway

The Greenway provides several oases in between Boston’s commercial areas. The Armenian Heritage Park is one of those relaxing spots of green you might stumble across and want to see again. On World Labyrinth Day, the park will host a walk of the path that winds through the site. You will also have a chance to witness the reconfiguration of the abstract sculpture that resides next to the labyrinth. This event will culminate in a celebration of immigrant experiences, a great way to appreciate the cultural history of this public art space.

The Boston Common

Surround yourself with both nature and creativity for a couple hours with NECY. The word of the day is “positivity” when you’re with this artist, and this clay pot craft offering will reinforce that sentiment. The Common, Boston’s favorite meeting grounds, provides the perfect setting to work on this project with a friend or to meet new people. Come catch a little sun on your face and spread some good will through art!

Omni Parker House

This gem, set in the heart of the city, has a rich cultural background unknown to even many residents of Boston. Over the years, it has served as a home base for writers, theorists, and philosophers. It still stands as a fully operational hotel, but you have the chance to walk its halls without checking in with this exclusive tour from Boston’s Literary District. Immerse yourself in some international history and hear the stories of the luminaries who once stayed at this monument.

State Library of Massachusetts

The Special Collections Department, tucked away in the State House, might not be part of the usual sight-seeing route for most people. With ArtWeek, get an exclusive look at these collections and comb the State Library’s archives for snapshots of history. Guests will see vintage pin cushion postcards portraying the famous golden dome of the State House and have a chance to create their own.

Eustis Estate

To go further off the beaten path, and a little bit off the grid, make plans to visit this historic mansion. Historic New England invites you to immerse yourself in all the flora and fauna the Eustis grounds have to offer. There’s plenty to explore on the sprawling property, and the turn of spring will ensure your experience is at its peak. Join a birding walk around the grounds and tour the estate when you’re done. Guests are encouraged to bring along sketch books, cameras, and binoculars. You won’t want to miss a single detail when you’re out here.

Prudential Center

Finish the week up at our city’s trademark skyscraper for some public art provided by Unbound Visual Arts. Along the Huntington Arcade, an art expo will provide ways for passers-by to get involved in an ongoing show. Meanwhile, the Boston Minstrels will be holding sing-alongs to make your visit more musical. Take it all in and enjoy the sights- Boston is coming alive for the arts this year!

Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.