Citi Center welcomes Highland Street Foundation as the Title Sponsor for ArtWeek Boston


Release Date:     August 14, 2013
Contact:                Kathy Rochefort, Rochefort & Associates

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Citi Center welcomes Highland Street Foundation as the

Title Sponsor for ArtWeek Boston

BOSTON (August 14, 2013) - Citi Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce that Highland Street Foundation will be the title sponsor of ArtWeek Boston, a new initiative set to launch in September of 2013.  Highland Street Foundation has a strong interest in providing educational and enriching experiences for families and children, across Massachusetts. The foundation views ArtWeek as a unique opportunity to expand its commitment to the arts while increasing accessibility to a broad and diverse range of audiences.

ArtWeek Boston, loosely based on Restaurant Week, is a collection of curated events/experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the customer 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 Fall ArtWeek, audiences can experience a “Magic of Mozart” free family day with Boston Lyric Opera, Zoo New England and Handel and Haydn at the Boston Public Library, pop-up theatre performances by Fiddlehead Theatre in Dorchester, or the “Play Me, I’m Yours” festival hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston, a free, week-long interactive piano extravaganza happening throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. These creative experiences and more will span across disciplines and represent a broad range of arts organizations with many events free to the public.

Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, says, “Partnering with Highland Street Foundation to launch a concept like ArtWeek is extremely exciting as we work together to highlight the amazing array of creative experiences available within our communities.  The growth and success of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays during the summer months is something we hope to mirror as ArtWeek expands.”

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 stated that “ArtWeek Boston is an innovative initiative that will help spotlight the rich cultural offerings within our community.  We are excited about the opportunity to attract those who don’t normally engage in these types of experiences, particularly children and families. We’ve had great success bringing in new audiences to museums through our Free Fun Fridays program and we look forward to similar results with ArtWeek.”

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to the Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek.   It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

The first ArtWeek is scheduled for September 27-October 6, 2013. For more information, visit



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

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 .

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 or
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