ArtWeek Festival Expands to Offer More Than 180 Creative Events - Many Free - September 30 - October 9

ArtWeek expands into seven new towns, offers 180+ events this fall

Boston, MA (September 6, 2016) – ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, today announced its largest event lineup since its 2013 launch. From September 30 – October 9, residents and visitors of more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts can take part in 180+ unique artistic events. These events will offer participants new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity.

“I am blown away by the continued growth of ArtWeek and the demand for affordable and hands-on creative experiences,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “This is the largest fall ArtWeek festival we’ve ever produced, and I’m so proud to work with the Highland Street Foundation and many other partners to offer such diversely creative events. We are expanding into new areas, engaging participants of all ages and backgrounds, and ultimately showcasing how remarkable Greater Boston’s creative community really is. And how cool is that?”

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts 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 season, participants can design their own political posters, unleash their inner rock star at an open mic night, become a Jedi Lego master, or get an inside look at Blue Man Group Boston. Since more than half of this season’s events are free and all are affordable, don’t limit yourself! You can also learn traditional Greek dances, go behind the scenes with the Urban Nutcracker, master the art of giving a TEDx Talk, or learn to paint like Monet.

With seven new cities and towns participating this season, these exciting events are now happening across more than 50 neighborhoods and towns, including Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Carver, Dedham, Gloucester, Hopkinton, Hyannis, Lowell, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newton, Rockport, Waltham, Winchester, and more.

A complete calendar of events can be found here.

“We’re thrilled to be entering our fourth year of partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center to bring ArtWeek to cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director of Highland Street Foundation. “ArtWeek not only spotlights our cultural community, but it also provides free or low cost programming that enables children and families to explore their creativity in a hands-on way.”

This season will also showcase expanded “Art of Food” offerings. The festival will offer many culinary events, including opportunities to taste test local micro brews, observe an edible art demonstration, master the 5 S’s of wine tasting, and learn how to create unique Japanese dishes. ArtWeek is also partnering with more than 20 restaurants who will offer artistically inspired dishes or drinks during the festival run. Participating restaurants include The Beehive, Clink, Red Lantern, Erbaluce, Gennaro's 5 North Square, Michael’s Deli of Brookline, Menton, No. 9 Park, Otto Pizza, The Salty Pig, and more.

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 700 organizations and partners, held more than 750 unique events, and expanded into 50+ neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts, engaging an estimated 85,000+ participants.

“Massachusetts is proud of its vibrant creative community, and we enthusiastically support the bi-annual ArtWeek festivities taking place across Eastern Massachusetts this fall,” said Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “These cultural activities provide a glimpse into the creative energy and artistic achievement that make Massachusetts so distinctive for visitors from near and far.”

For more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.

About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts 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 National Endowment for the Arts and 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 including from WCVB, Greater Media, Intersection, Overdrive, and CMT Group for the 2016/17 season. It also has a great network of Community Collaborators, including City Awake, Harvard Business School Art Society, Hubway, HUBweek, Kendall Square Association, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, and Women’s iLAB. 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 $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 Citi Performing Arts Center – Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit 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, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; 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 more information, please visit www.citicenter.org.

About the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) – MOTT is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination for domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the commonwealth’s economy. According to MOTT, in 2014 Massachusetts attracted nearly 24 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors. Tourism generated $19.5 billion in direct spending and $1.2 billion in state and local taxes, while supporting 132,000 jobs across the state. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com