ARTWEEK TO OFFER MORE THAN 170 CREATIVE EVENTS – MOSTLY FREE – APRIL 29 – MAY 8, 2016

ArtWeek events span Eastern Massachusetts and many artistic genres, including dance, music, visual, theater, public art, culinary, literary, and more

(Boston, MA) – ArtWeek, a bi-annual, ten-day creative festival, today announced its largest event lineup since its 2013 launch. With more than 170 events, residents and visitors of towns across Eastern Massachusetts—and even as far west as Worcester—can join this innovative arts festival, happening April 29 – May 8.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. Participants can go on a running tour of Boston’s cultural landmarks, join a Brazilian dance and drum parade, create a one-of-a-kind public art installation, or experience pop-up opera at the Boston Public Market. Since more than 65% of events are free and all are affordable, you can also watch local chefs battle to design the best seafood dish, create sensory friendly brainprints with MIT neuroscientists, see the latest creations from local fashion designers, or learn how to swing dance at South Station. These exciting events are happening across more than 50 neighborhoods and towns, including Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Dedham, Edgartown, Framingham, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Nantucket, Newton, Peabody, Provincetown, Salem, Somerville, Wellesley, West Tisbury, Worcester, and more. A complete calendar of events can be found here.

“When we launched ArtWeek in 2013, we debuted with 26 total events—and we were very proud of that,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “Today, we’ve grown to over 170 events due to increased support from the creative and art communities, increased interest from local residents and visitors, and the generous support of our many partners, including Highland Street Foundation. This unique concept allows people of all ages to experience art in a more hands-on, digestible way. We’re proud to offer a huge variety of events, with many family friendly options that are either free or extremely affordable. We hope you will join us and be a part of this one-of-a-kind creative movement!”

This season, ArtWeek will also feature three new exciting concepts; Art of Food, ArtWeek on the Road, and Light Up the Night. Art of Food participants will draw inspiration from art to create a special drink, appetizer, entrée, or dessert in honor of ArtWeek. During Light Up the Night, iconic buildings and structures will light up to salute Greater Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative communities. Partnering with Clear Channel Outdoor and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as this season’s guest curator, ArtWeek on the Road will use rotating digital Billboards to feature local artists and arts organizations.

“Highland Street Foundation is proud to partner with the Citi Performing Arts Center on this innovative initiative,” said its Executive Director, Blake Jordan. “ArtWeek not only highlights the incredible talent and cultural diversity in our communities, but it provides opportunities for individuals, children and families to experiment, learn and participate in the arts.”

Launched in 2013, ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by giving people a "sneak peek" at the creative process or by letting them be part of a unique, hands-on creative experience. 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 by more than 550 percent, worked with more than 600 organizations and partners, held nearly 600 unique events, and expanded into more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts, engaging more than 40,000 participants.

For more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.