ARTWEEK TO OFFER ITS LARGEST CREATIVE FESTIVAL EVER, WITH NEARLY 30 CAPE & ISLANDS EVENTS FROM APRIL 28 – MAY 7
ARTWEEK PARTNERS WITH ARTSPRING TO GROW PRESENCE ON CAPE COD
Contact: Michelle Chapman
Boston, MA (March 28, 2017) – Produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek today announced its largest season lineup ever. The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 250 events from April 28 – May 7—representing a more than 40 percent increase over the spring and fall 2016 festivals. In collaboration with ArtSpring Cape Cod, this season’s festival will feature nearly 30 events on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket—providing the perfect opportunity to get out and explore creativity in new places.
ArtWeek events provide participants with new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity, and will now be held in 13 new neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts, with a total presence in more than 70 communities. More than 60 percent of this season’s events are free.
“As we see the interest in ArtWeek continue to grow season after season, it’s clear there is a hunger for creative, artistic events across the region,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “With the support of the Highland Street Foundation, ArtWeek has grown from 26 events to more than 250 in just four years. And it’s fantastic to see continued growth on the Cape and Islands through our new partnership with ArtSpring Cape Cod. Our creative community has so much talent to offer—I hope everyone will come out to participate in one of the many terrific ArtWeek events!”
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is a bi-annual, ten-day festival that features unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. This seasons Cape & Island events offer something for everyone, including a number of family friendly events. Participants can attend Cape Cod’s mini maker faire; get creative with community-based mural making; learn how to play the ukulele; attend the stage play Every Good Boy Deserves Favor and join an interactive artist talk-back; join a conversation on art theft with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s director of security; attend a concert featuring music by the Cape Youth Orchestra; bring the kids to a ceramics class for children; attend a special exhibit of artwork made from salvaged materials from the renovation of the historic Hyannis Port Kennedy home; and much more.
With 13 new cities and towns participating this season, these exciting events are now happening across more than 70 neighborhoods and towns. Participating Cape and Islands towns include Barnstable, Brewster, Cotuit, Dennis, Falmouth, Hyannis, Mashpee, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Osterville, Sandwich, South Yarmouth, Vineyard Haven, and Woods Hole.
A complete calendar of events can be found here.
“We are thrilled to embark on the first grassroots arts and culture festival in Cape Cod, ArtSpring,” said David Kuehn, Executive Director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts. “Collaborating with and sharing promotion of events with ArtWeek Boston is such a great opportunity. There is such a rich cultural life throughout the state and especially from Boston to Provincetown. There will be so many opportunities for members of the community to share in creative expression.”
Launched in 2013, ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. Through community and artistic collaborations, this award-winning festival provides neighborhood-based experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more. Since 2013, ArtWeek has grown exponentially and worked with more than 900 organizations and partners, held more than 1,000 unique events, and expanded into 70+ neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts, engaging an estimated 100,000 participants.
About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 150 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Celebrated twice per year, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Eastern Massachusetts. To learn more about the festival and its growth, watch this highlight reel.
Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness of the area’s creative economy, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including Music Drives Us and ArtSpring Cape Cod, and is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek also has a network of generous media partners each year that have contributed $2.2 million in advertising and promotional support since its launch. Current media partners include WCVB and Beasley Media Group, with additional support from Outfront, Overdrive, and CMT Group. ArtWeek has received recognitions from The Boston Globe, BostInno, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Americans for the Arts. For more information, visit artweekboston.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 ArtSpring Cape Cod – ArtSpring Cape Cod is a grass roots celebration of arts and culture spearheaded by a collaborative of cultural organizations across Cape Cod. The goal is to engage as many artists, organizations, and communities as possible in a festival that explores the important and topical theme of “Freedom of Expression.” The public is invited to explore, experience, and create through a series of special week-long events from April 28 – May 7, 2017. For more information, visit artspringcapecod.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 Boston; 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.