ArtWeek Kicks Off Its Fall 2014 Season!
Today marks the beginning of ArtWeek Fall 2014. It’s hard to believe only a year ago ArtWeek was launched with less than half of the events of this current season. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of ArtWeek, the ArtWeek team brainstormed how to kick off ArtWeek in the most unique way possible – and what better way than by pairing up with Boston Duck Tours!
With the help of Boston Duck Tours, the ArtWeek team was able to plan a tour of “pop-up peeks” involving a number of ArtWeek events. Various media representatives were taken on a journey around the Boston Common area, led by Citi Performing Arts Center’s own Devon Scalisi.
Scalisi is a Boston area resident, actor, director, and producer of the theatre arts, having received his BFA in theatre performance from Salem State University as well as numerous awards. With his chipper attitude and quick wit, he introduced guests to the various pop-ups from ArtWeek events such as A Glimpse of A Glimpse Beyond, Monster Party Mayhem, and Drawing in the Community with Sidewalk Sam.
From choreographed dance, to live drumming, to participatory art, events from all categories were put in the spotlight, showcasing the wide variety of events in store, as well as the diversity of organizations and partners involved. Certain pop-ups invited passersby to engage in the creation of public art. In front of the Cutler Majestic Theatre, artists from Urban Art Bar covered their doors with white poster board and recreated scenes from the highly anticipated show, Traces – the cutting-edge explosive acrobatic cirque production from Montreal’s Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
The W Hotel also offered their property as the canvas for one of the tour’s pop-up artists, welcoming Sidewalk Sam and VSA Massachusetts to create chalk art on the sidewalk. For 50 years, Sidewalk has replicated masterpiece artworks on city sidewalks – where thousands of people have gathered alongside him to create art together. After the tour, guests and their children accepted Sidewalk’s invitation to take art into their own hands, and create miniature masterpieces of their own.
Overall, the Pop-Up Tour was a huge success, bringing even more hype and excitement about the next ten days. The first weekend of ArtWeek offers a great deal of one-of-a-kind experiences, many of which were represented on the Pop-Up Tour. Click here to see the full calendar of events. Will you #artweek?