Highland Street Foundation Extends Title Sponsorship of ArtWeek Boston through Spring 2017

ArtWeek Boston now includes 125+ creative events in 45 neighborhoods and towns twice annually

ArtWeek BostonBOSTON – April 30, 2015 – Citi Performing Arts Center announced today that Highland Street Foundation has committed $200,000 to continue its title sponsorship of ArtWeek Boston to support the bi-annual creative initiative through Spring 2017. Highland Street Foundation has a strong interest in providing educational and enriching experiences for families and children across Massachusetts, and views ArtWeek as a unique opportunity to expand its commitment to the arts while increasing accessibility to a broad and diverse range of audiences. Launched in the Fall of 2013, the next ArtWeek starts tomorrow through May 10 with 125+ creative events throughout 45 neighborhoods and towns throughout the greater Boston region. Future ArtWeeks will be held: September 25 – October 4, 2015; April 29 – May 8, 2016; September 30 – October 9, 2016; and, April 28 – May 7, 2017.

A community initiative of Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek Boston is a collection of curated events and experiences throughout the region that highlight the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to engage new audiences, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy. Winner of BostInno’s 50 on Fire, ArtWeek has grown rapidly as a destination for a wide variety of family, artistic, and cultural experiences across genres.

Spring ArtWeek runs from May 1 through May 10, when the community can take advantage of such events as Jaggery Presents The Beautiful and the Grotesque at the MFA, Garden in the Gallery in Chelmsford, have a chance to dance with the cast of Dirty Dancing, or to be creative at a KidsArtsFest in Haverhill. The complete list of events – mostly free – can be found at artweekboston.org.

The Highland Street Foundation focuses its efforts on providing access and opportunities in the area of education, housing, mentorship, health care, environment and the arts. Blake Jordan, Executive Director of Highland Street, said, “We were involved with ArtWeek from the beginning, and we are proud of its growth and impact on the greater Boston community. It’s easy to support an initiative such as ArtWeek that makes art in many different forms accessible to people of all ages, and to give people a chance to try something they may not otherwise experience.”

Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, said, “Highland Street Foundation has been a tremendous partner for ArtWeek and we are continuously inspired by their successful Free Fun Friday program. I’m happy to say ArtWeek has exceeded expectations, and delighted that this achievement has been recognized with their ongoing support.”

For more information, visit artweekboston.org.

About Highland Street Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, 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 highlandstreet.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, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of award-winning and free educational and community programs; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.