SPRING 2017 ARTWEEK APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Contact: Michelle Chapman
Artists, organizations, venues invited to create a unique event for ArtWeek
Boston, MA (January 5, 2017) – ArtWeek, an award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 150 unique and creative experiences, is seeking applications for its Spring 2017 festival. Events will be held throughout Eastern Massachusetts from April 28 – May 7, and applications can be found at artweekboston.org. The early bird deadline to submit an ArtWeek event is February 24; the final deadline is March 10. ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center.
Launched in 2013, ArtWeek seeks to spotlight Massachusetts’ creative economy by offering creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. To date, ArtWeek has worked with more than 750 organizations and partners, hosting more than 750 events in over 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. Through community and artistic collaborations, this 10-day 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. ArtWeek also works to make art and cultural experiences affordable and accessible—more than 65% of events are free to the public.
Confirmed Spring ArtWeek events include The Art of the Automobile: Cars of Summer, a behind the scenes look at more than 100 vintage automobiles displayed on Boston’s City Hall Plaza; The Art of Meteorology, a behind the scenes look at how WCVB’s Storm Team 5 Meteorologists track major storms; Celebrate Public Art!, a celebration of the international World Labyrinth Day and Abstract Sculpture new configuration; DanceTheYard Artist Talk Back, a performance followed by a talk back with the choreographers and dancers; O+ Festival and Artist Talk, an artist talk by a mural artist whose work is in progress; and The Rotating Portrait, a 4-hour event that features a costumed model doing one pose while six artists capture the model using different styles and media.
All events submitted before the February 24 early bird deadline will be featured on the Wang and Shubert Theatre marquees for added visibility. For more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.
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 and is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek also has a network of generous media partners each year that have contributed almost $2 million in advertising and promotional support since its launch. It has received recognitions from The Boston Globe, BostInno, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Americans for the Arts. ArtWeek has a network of generous media partners, including WCVB and Beasley Media Group, with additional support from Outfront, Overdrive, and CMT Group. For more information, visit artweekboston.org.
About Highland Street Foundation – Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $165 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 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.