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Artists, Organizations, Venues, Cities and Towns Across the Commonwealth Invited to Host Unique Events; ArtWeek 2019’s Second Annual Statewide Celebration of the Arts Expected to Spotlight Massachusetts Creativity

Boston, MA (October 30, 2018) – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek returns for its sixth year and is now seeking applications for its Spring 2019 festival celebrating the arts across the Commonwealth. Hundreds of events will be held statewide from April 26–May 5, 2019 and applications to submit an event can be found at artweekma.org beginning November 1, 2018. The early bird deadline is January 11; the final deadline is February 22, 2019.

ArtWeek is an award-winning, innovative festival that features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. ArtWeek is a way in which so many forms of creativity can be showcased in a truly affordable and accessible way for everyone who lives, works, plays and visits Massachusetts. In 2018, 90% of all the 525+ events were either free or under $25 for admittance. ArtWeek events span the Commonwealth’s six regions:  Greater Boston, North of Boston, South of Boston, Cape & Islands, Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts. After opening up applications to all of Massachusetts for the first time last year, a remarkable 130 cities, town and neighborhoods participated.

“We launched ArtWeek in Boston in 2013 to bring the mission of the Boch Center literally outside of our theatres’ walls and are thrilled with the amount of growth and excitement the festival has generated,” said Joe Spaulding, President & CEO, Boch Center. “ArtWeek has and will continue to invite curious minds to experience arts, culture, and creativity in new – and sometimes unexpected – ways. We’re very proud that ArtWeek helps to shine the spotlight on arts and culture as a driving force in the economy on a local, regional and state level.”

The Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism will continue their support of ArtWeek for 2019 as Lead Champions helping to fuel the creative economy. Sponsors include Mass Cultural Council (Creative Communities Sponsor), the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and WCVB-TV Channel 5.

“ArtWeek has solidified its place in the Commonwealth as a signature statewide festival that not only celebrates the arts, but also invites people of all interests and backgrounds in small towns and large cities to get creative,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director, Highland Street Foundation.  “We’re proud to continue our support so that visitors and residents alike can freely explore the cultural diversity of what the Commonwealth has to offer.”

To help launch the event applications, ArtWeek is proud to be partnering with Redfin, which helps match potential homeowners with their home-sweet-home, and joins us in recognizing the value of creative communities. Learn more by visiting Redfin.com at www.redfin.com/city/1826/MA/Boston.

For more information, visit artweekma.org.

About ArtWeek

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring, in its most recent year, more than 525 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Expedia.com, USA Today and Forbes have recognized ArtWeek as a travel destination event. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and now serves over 130 communities across Massachusetts as the signature nonprofit community program of the Center. Lead Champions are the Mass Cultural Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism; sponsors include Mass Cultural Council (Creative Communities Sponsor), the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and WCVB Channel 5. To learn more about our regional and local collaborators as well as about the festival and its growth, visit www.artweekma.org.

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 www.highlandstreet.org.

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 bochcenter.org.

 About the Mass Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools. Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

 About the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy. MOTT works closely with 16 regional tourism councils across the state, and with larger tourism alliances such as Discover New England and BrandUSA. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.​