Boston, MA (April 20, 2018) – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will launch its first statewide festival from April 27 – May 6. The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 530 unique events in 130 neighborhoods and towns across the Commonwealth, with nearly 50 events on Cape Cod & the Islands. ArtWeek has a network of more than 70 statewide, regional and community collaborators which includes special local support from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and the Cape Cod Foundation, as well as marketing support from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We are not only thrilled to be hosting our first ever statewide ArtWeek festival, but we’re delighted to see continued enthusiasm and support from the creative community on Cape Cod,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of the Boch Center. “There are nearly 50 interactive events happening on Cape Cod and Nantucket this season offering something for everyone. We hope to see local residents and tourists come out to experience ArtWeek and show their support for our Creative Commonwealth.”

For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the Commonwealth, with a presence in all six regions of the state. The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free. Visit to view the full calendar of events.

This season’s Cape & Island events offer something for everyone, with events spanning many creative genres. Participants can learn photography tips at a moonrise class at the Highland Lighthouse Museum and get a history lesson during an interactive photo walk in Hyannis and Barnstable; join the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire in Mashpee; see dancers bring poetry to life on Nantucket; make your own ceramics in Chatham; learn how art and science intersect in South Yarmouth; join in the launch of the new Wellfleet Cultural District; explore the actor’s life behind-the-curtain in Dennis; and much more.


Click here to view a complete listing of events on Cape Cod & the Islands.

ArtWeek is an annual 10-day innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, offering new ways to experience art and culture. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy. ArtWeek has also secured a network of more than 70 statewide, regional and local collaborators and over a dozen media partners to help promote the upcoming festival.

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About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has become an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of 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 has since expanded to serve communities across Massachusetts. Statewide partners include:  Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism as well as Mass Center for the Book, MassAccess, MASSCreative, MassHumanities, MassPoetry, Music Drives Us Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, Young Audiences of Massachusetts and VSA Massachusetts. To learn more about our regional and local collaborators as well as about the festival and its growth, visit 

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

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

About Arts Foundation of Cape Cod – The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership.

About Cape Cod Foundation – The Cape Cod Foundation is a charitable community trust organized as a nonprofit in 1989 to serve the needs of the people of Cape Cod. The Foundation acts as a vehicle for linking community resources with community needs. We accomplish this by building a pool of funds, investing them, and distributing income from the funds to nonprofit organizations and institutions working to support all that is good about Cape Cod.