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General artweek information:

ArtWeek is Massachusetts’ ten-day award-winning creative festival, offering nearly 600 unique events in over 130+ communities. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the nonprofit Boch Center, the festival is designed to spotlight how accessible and affordable creativity is to everyone throughout the Commonwealth.  Statewide champions and supporters of ArtWeek include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and the Mass Cultural Council, who also serves as ArtWeek’s Creative Communities sponsor. Special programs involving restaurants, lodging, and outdoor illuminations also make ArtWeek a delight for all the senses.

ArtWeek takes place annually in the spring throughout Massachusetts. The next ArtWeek is scheduled for May 1 - May 10, 2020. Event applications open on December 4, 2019 with an Early Bird Deadline of Friday, January 10, and a Final Event Deadline of Friday, February 21 to be considered for the 2020 festival; please refer to the Special Programs section for their deadlines.

ArtWeek happens all across Massachusetts over ten days each spring! ArtWeek happenings include hundreds of cool events as well as Special Programs involving restaurants, lodging specials, illuminations, and community partners.  To find an ArtWeek happening near you, view our online calendar of events (typically launched early April) or our Destination ArtWeek pages which highlight regional offerings (typically launched in March).

Since 2013 ArtWeek has been produced by the Boch Center with founding and ongoing support from the Highland Street Foundation as our presenter.  Statewide champions and supporters of ArtWeek include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, and the Mass Cultural Council, who also serves as ArtWeek’s Creative Communities sponsor. There is also generous support from media partners, additional sponsors, and an active network of hundreds of community collaborators who are essential to supporting this innovative festival. 

Hosting an Event:

ArtWeek events should contain the "ArtWeek Twist" i.e. they should offer unique and unexpected experiences that are participatory, interactive, learning-based, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. We define the arts broadly to include culinary, design, architecture, spoken word, film, fashion, and other non-traditional artistic forms of expression in addition to dance, theatre, music and visual arts – so we encourage creativity! We also have seen many successful collaborations with unusual partners, and in unexpected locations like train stops, bike paths, sidewalks, ice rinks, nature trails, and parks - so don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
To be considered for ArtWeek, your event must:
• Take place during the ten days of ArtWeek
• Charge no more than $50 per person (many are free!)
• Include a special “ArtWeek twist” that is participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to a creative experience

Event applications open on December 4, 2019 with an Early Bird Deadline of Friday, January 10, and a Final Event Deadline of Friday, February 2. To start the free and quick application process, create an account and/or login to our Event Host Portal anytime after December 4, 2019. Links will be LIVE/provided on that date.

You might be surprised, but there is no cost! Thanks to our sponsors and partners, it is free to apply and participate in ArtWeek.

Yes, hosts can charge to help alleviate costs. However, you cannot charge more than $50 per person since ArtWeek is about affordability and accessibility. Last year 70% of all events were free and over 90% were free or under $25.

Absolutely - last year we had over 100 outdoor events! But we suggest having "rainy weather" back-up plans or a rain date, and to be diligent about getting prior approvals and/or permits that are required in your town/community.

As long as your event meets our criteria (doesn't regularly happen and has an "ArtWeek twist"), we encourage you to apply for ArtWeek. Sometimes it is as easy as adding a talkback, tour, or hands-on component to an existing event. If for some reason the ArtWeek team feels it does not qualify, a member of the ArtWeek team will be in touch. Note that for the 2020 season we are making it easier for community festivals, open studios, and other large scale events to be included, too!

Absolutely - you can see some inspiration sheets of events from prior years, defined by category, on this Inspiration and Examples page. Also, watch for our information webinar dates and new case studies for further inspiration!

ArtWeek loves to encourage other festivals, art happenings and open studios to be involved, so in 2020 it is easier than ever to be included - as long as your event is considered "ArtWeek-friendly" (ie includes "ArtWeek twist" elements that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process). We encourage the over-arching organizer to act as the point-person to apply on behalf of the festival/open studios/art walk/etc. If an individual associated with the festival/open studios/etc would like to be listed individually, they can apply separately. However, these are considered two separate applications and listings on our calendar. If you have questions, please reach out to the team directly at artweek@bochcenter.org.

ArtWeek will not accept an application for review without a confirmed location. If you are having trouble, explore space resources (like SpaceFinder Mass), join our Facebook Group (launching Fall/Winter 2019) and post your needs, or try to connect with someone in your community who may have space and want to co-host! Libraries, town/public spaces, and even stores or small businesses are also good places to approach.

ArtWeek events do not have to draw large crowds. Some very popular events have been those that are small - like private tours for six people, intimate art-themed dinners or hands-on workshops, etc.

Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public (ex: a show, performance, and/or exhibit) by adding a simple “ArtWeek twist” like: inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal, offering a private tour of a gallery exhibition or inviting the artist to say a few words, hosting a panel discussion, etc. For more examples, please see the Inspiration and Examples page on our website. 

As long as it occurs during the ten days of ArtWeek, hosts can hold their event at any time/date. While both weekends are popular, one third of the events typically happen Monday - Thursday. Keep your intended audience in mind when setting the day/time -- if you are hosting a family-friendly event, you might want to host it on a weekend morning or early afternoon. If you are hosting a 21+ event, an evening time slot might work better. Events designed for retirees have shown to have great attendance during weekday late-mornings. 

Anyone can host an ArtWeek event - small businesses, arts organizations of all sizes, neighborhood groups, artists, chefs, designers, architects, public art mavens, students, nonprofits, historic sites, libraries, hotels and restaurants, schools … the possibilities are endless!

ArtWeek has earned a reputation as an award-winning innovative festival of creative experiences from Forbes, Expedia, and USA Today to name just a few, but none of it is possible without your creative energy. In return your program will get a dedicated web page as part of the statewide event calendar supported by a more general ArtWeek marketing umbrella. New for 2020, ArtWeek is also launching an e-brochure to help draw attention to more localized efforts across the Commonwealth. Each approved event also receives a comprehensive marketing e-toolkit, a package of sample print materials (poster, postcards, and more - plus a collectible seasonal ArtWeek decal/sticker)– all of which are to help you amplify your own marketing efforts. By hosting an event, you are joining a growing statewide ArtWeek movement that is attracting local support as well as international visibility and even has the attention of our elected officials. Unique in the nation, ArtWeek is shining a spotlight on creative assets throughout the Commonwealth - including yours!

While the ArtWeek Team and our PR partner are tireless in pitching ArtWeek and calendar events to the media, unfortunately we cannot guarantee coverage. We do include press templates and social media cards in the e-toolkit that you can easily customize for your own marketing and public relations efforts.

A culinary event is just that - an event, with a culinary aspect (example, an interactive dinner with dishes inspired by Salvador Dali). For Art of Food, a restaurant/bar/café/food truck simply has to serve an art-inspired specialty food item or drink during the ten days of ArtWeek. While you do NOT need to create an account or submit an event application for Art of Food (or any of ArtWeek's special programs), there still is a simple application on each special programs page with a deadline of April 3 for Art of Food specials to be listed.

It depends since Meet & Greets that are just a reception or book signing don’t qualify. In order to make your  event ArtWeek friendly, we suggest adding a short Artist Talk, a Q&A, or other public activity like a demonstration to make it extra special. Just select the option “Discussion/Talk/Tour” for question 4 in the application if this fits your event.

Event Applications & pORTAL tROUBLE-SHOOTING:

Be sure to use the latest version of Google Chrome - sometimes other browsers do not load properly. If you are/were using Google Chrome, try using an Incognito window or clearing your cache/history. 

First ensure that you or someone on your team has created an account on our Portal. If you have already created an account and cannot remember your password, click the "Forgot Your Password" button and wait for an email prompt (it may take a few minutes, especially during high-traffic times like the Final Application Deadline).

The ArtWeek Team likes to say "yes" - we encourage everyone to apply who wishes to be a part of ArtWeek as long as their event fits the criteria. If for some reason your application is missing information, or is unclear to the team how it fits within the ArtWeek model, someone will be in touch to coach the applicant. The ArtWeek Team asks that you are responsive during this coaching period, as we are in conversations with hundreds of interested applicants.

First check that you successfully submitted your event application (you should have received an email confirmation from the Event Host Portal Administrator). If you received that email and it is close to the Early Bird Deadline (Friday, January 10) or Final Event Deadline (Friday, February 21), the team might be busy reviewing applications. If you submitted your application over two weeks ago and have still not heard from an ArtWeek Team member, please email the team at artweek@bochcenter.org, listing your application/event title in the subject heading.

Make sure that all of the questions have been answered correctly and completely - if not, there should be questions marked that need to be completed. You will receive a confirmation email after your application has been successfully submitted. If you submitted and did not receive the email contact artweek@bochcenter.org

The application accepts most .jpg and .png files. If you are trying to upload a different file (like a .doc) it might not upload. Likewise, if the image is too large during high-traffic times (like the same week as the Early Bird/Final Deadline) it may take more time to upload. Please DO NOT refresh the page, as that will cause the process to stall. If you still have difficulty, please upload a smaller placeholder image and email the team at artweek@bochcenter.org that you need to send a replacement image via email. When emailing the team, please use Subject: New Image Needed in Application (ID#). 

Make sure that the dates you are trying to add to the application all occur during ArtWeek (May 1 - May 10). Then follow these instructions: 1. Choose event date. 2. Choose start time (and AM/PM). 3. Choose end time (and AM/PM). 4. Click button that reads "Add Event Date" - repeat this process for each separate event date/time. 

When you create your Login Account for the Event Host Portal, we ask you to choose ONE individual/email to receive all information from the ArtWeek team regarding that event. If someone else on your team creates a separate login, they will not be able to see your application. It is the responsibility of the person who created the account and submitted the application to forward all pertinent updates and information from ArtWeek. 

The regional breakdown has been inspired by one of ArtWeek's Lead Champions, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. The towns and regions can be viewed on this map.

It is best to view the Portal on a laptop or desktop, using Google chrome. Screens that are small (like phones) may have distorted views of the screen.

Partners and sponsors:

Community Partners are organizations (statewide, regional, or local level) who support ArtWeek by getting the word out either to their networks as potential event hosts OR to their networks to encourage people to attend ArtWeek events. Partners come in all shapes and sizes including chambers of commerce, membership organizations, social groups, cultural districts and arts councils, and town government groups ... last year we had over 130! To be considered a Partner and learn more, please contact the team at artweek@bochcenter.org.

It is not a requirement for Community Partners to host an event. If you wish to host an event, please create an account on the Event Host Portal and submit an event application by our deadline. If you wish to be listed as a Community Partner on events within the ArtWeek calendar, please inform your community members to list you as one on their event application.

In order to be listed as a Community Partner on an event calendar listing, it is the responsibility of the event applicant to list you as a Partner. Please inform your community members to list you in their event application.

A week prior to both of our Event Application deadlines (Early Bird and Final Deadline), the ArtWeek Team will post a list of all applicants (showing town, organization, and contact name) to the Community Partner E-Toolkit for Community Partners to review. For further assistance, please email the ArtWeek Team at artweek@bochcenter.org.

Last year, local and national media partners generously supported ArtWeek with over $450K of inkind visibility. Please contact artweek@bochcenter.org if you would like more information on benefits and support levels.

In order to keep ArtWeek free to event hosts as well as promoting free and affordable creative access for all, expanding our sponsors at all levels is critical to sustaining and growing the festival. Please contact artweek@bochcenter.org and include the sponsorship range you are interested in exploring; someone will be back in touch with you promptly.

Special Programs:

Yes! There are different opportunities to be involved with ArtWeek. Special Programs are perfect for those in the restaurant business (Art of Food), hospitality sector (Lodging Offers) and for local attractions or outside landmarks (Light Up the Night). Your organization can also support ArtWeek by becoming a Community Partner or a financial Sponsor.

A culinary event is just that - an event, with a culinary aspect (example, an interactive dinner with dishes inspired by Salvador Dali). For Art of Food, a restaurant/bar/café/food truck simply has to serve an art-inspired specialty food item or drink during the ten days of ArtWeek. While you do NOT need to create an account or submit an event application for Art of Food (or any of ArtWeek's special programs), there still is a simple application for each Special Program. More information will be available when applications open on December 4.  

No. Simply list which days you want to participate on your application.

No. Simply list which days you want to participate on your application.

No - some venues participated in Light Up the Night with supplies simply found at a party store (twinkling lights, disco lights, etc). Some recreated or re-imagined illuminations used for their First Night/January celebrations, while others worked with local partners and/or schools to create unique building illuminations. You can read and see more examples on the Inspiration and Examples page on our website. 

Last year was the pilot program for special Lodging Offers, which ranged from a simple ArtWeek discount to a culture-inspired discounted package at a waterfront hotel complete with passes to a local museum, a cheese plate, and paints plus paper to get creative. They also hosted a special art show of local artists in their lobby during ArtWeek. You can see other examples on our Inspiration and Examples page. To be listed as a Lodging Offer, please submit your application - more information will be available when applications open on December 4. 

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TOP HEADER: 2019 Event – Marion Art Center New Playwrights