ARTWEEK KICKS OFF TODAY WITH MORE THAN 500 CREATIVE EVENTS
STATEWIDE ARTWEEK EVENTS RUN FROM APRIL 27 – MAY 6
Boston, MA (April 27, 2018) – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will officially launch its largest festival ever today, Friday, April 27, and run through Sunday, May 6. For the first time, more than 500 ArtWeek events will take place across the Commonwealth, with a presence in 130 neighborhoods and towns representing 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.
In celebration of the festival’s statewide expansion, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a proclamation declaring “ArtWeek” to be observed from April 27 – May 6.
For 10 days, ArtWeek will shine a spotlight on the Creative Commonwealth, with innovative, hands-on events popping up in all corners of the state, quenching creative appetites from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Explore events in your neighborhood or travel to a different region to experience a new spin on arts and culture. No matter where you turn, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in ArtWeek. Participants can explore:
- Nearly 200 events in Greater Boston
- 50 events on Cape Cod & The Islands
- More than 60 events North of Boston
- Nearly 80 events South of Boston
- More than 50 events in Western Massachusetts
- Nearly 100 events in Central Massachusetts
“As we gear up for an exciting and busy 10 days, I want to recognize the extraordinary partners who have supported the statewide expansion of ArtWeek and helped us generate excitement for this unique, creative model,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of the Boch Center. “This season’s monumental growth would not be possible without the Highland Street Foundation, the Music Drives Us Foundation, the Boch Family, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Mass Cultural Council, our many statewide and regional collaborators and our generous media partners. These partnerships have enabled us to celebrate our creative economy in a brand new way!”
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. This season’s media partners include WBUR 90.9FM, WCVB Channel 5, AdSpace, Boston Central, The Improper Bostonian, Lamar, WGBH, New England Monthly/SOCO Magazine, Art New England/Panorama Magazine, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Clear Channel Outdoor, Franklin Town Pages, Franklin TV, Mass Convention Center Authority, Sippican Week, WICN Public Radio and Visit New England.
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 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.