ArtWeek Boston Debuts September 27–October 6
A Celebration of the Arts in Boston
Contact: Michelle Chapman
Pop-up theatre performance…authentic Spanish opera,…a tech jam by geeks with a beat…open artist studios…pianos across the city…digital finger painting…master classes…story hours…exclusive backstage tours…Indian music and dance…dinners and drinks…these are just a handful of the creative experiences happening in the area during ArtWeek Boston. The full schedule of offerings is now available at artweekboston.org
ArtWeek Boston, a celebration of the arts in Boston, kicks-off its first season September 27 – October 6. The new initiative, presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, showcases arts and cultural organizations collaborating with local businesses to create unique experiences designed to engage and involve audience members.
Loosely based on Restaurant Week, ArtWeek is a collection of curated events/experiences that highlight the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the participant experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy. ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion.
During the inaugural Fall ArtWeek, audiences can experience “The Magic of Mozart,” a free family day with Boston Lyric Opera, Zoo New England and Handel and Haydn Society at the Boston Public Library; pop-up theatre performances by Fiddlehead Theatre at Restaurant Laura in Dorchester; or the “Play Me, I’m Yours” festival, a free, week-long interactive piano extravaganza happening throughout Boston’s neighborhoods hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston. These creative experiences and more will span disciplines and represent a broad range of arts organizations with many events free to the public.
In announcing the full schedule, Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, said, “We live in an immensely diverse, creative community! The dozens of collaborations between the creative community and area businesses are unique, exciting, and varied; they will involve and introduce the public to new companies, artists, and neighborhoods.”
In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek. It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.
ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America. ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, the Metro, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7). Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and W Boston. All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston, and in continuing to build Boston’s reputation as an exciting place to be. ArtWeek Boston is September 27-October 6, 2013 and April 25-May 4, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.artweekboston.org
About Highland Street Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 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 ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut). Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .
About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or www.citicenter.org/artweek.