Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is ArtWeek?
Celebrated twice a year (fall and spring), ArtWeek Boston is affordable fun for anyone with a creative sense of adventure. A ten-day award-winning festival featuring unique and unexpected experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process, each ArtWeek event is a one-of-a-kind celebration that people won’t want to miss (especially since many are FREE, although some range in price up to $50). Since fall 2013, ArtWeek has featured almost 600 events involving more than 600 partners and the number keeps growing!
2. What type of events should I expect to see?
The multicolor lighting of iconic structures such as the Prudential Tower, a running tour of Boston’s cultural landmarks, creating a one-of-a-kind public art installation, a pop-up opera at the Boston Public Market, sensory brain prints with MIT neuroscientists, swing dancing at South Station, painting a community mural with a world-renowned Spanish artist, getting a sneak-peek at a play rehearsal, dancing along an Afro-Brazilian drum parade on Boston Common…these are just some of the creative experiences that have made ArtWeek so unique! To view past events, click here. Every ArtWeek features some real outside-of-the-box experiences – which is why each one is so fun and different!
3. Where is ArtWeek? (Is it only in Boston?)
ArtWeek is redefining how people experience art while celebrating the vibrant creative communities in greater Boston and beyond – in fact, events have happened in over 50 neighborhoods and towns from Cape Cod and the Islands to the North Shore, and from Lowell to Concord and Framingham and even as far west as Worcester. While many events happen in greater Boston there are cool experiences north, west and south of the city, too.
4. What’s in it for the community and for the public?
You can sit at home and do the same old thing, or venture out to experience the unexpected. ArtWeek Boston is designed to expose people to something they couldn’t ordinarily do – to provide an insider glimpse or allow someone to explore the creative process with a unique twist. Most programs are free, so why not try a program or two (or more!) It is a great opportunity to take art into your own hands, explore a new neighborhood, meet new people, and support creative communities!
5. Who hosts events?
We have had over 600 partners host events over the past several years – and you can too! Small businesses, neighborhood groups, artists, chefs, designers, architects, public art mavens, students, nonprofits, historic sites, libraries, hotels and restaurants, schools … the list is endless! And a big change in 2015 was that a formal partner is no longer required (although we certainly encourage partnerships!) which makes it even easier to be part of ArtWeek.
6. Who organizes ArtWeek?
ArtWeek is presented by The Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues (Wang and Shubert Theatres). Launched in fall 2013 as a community initiative of the Center, ArtWeek is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Spring 2016 media partners include WHDH-TV/WLVI-TV, Boston.com, Titan Cares, and Greater Media (including FM radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9, 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7) with additional support from Lesley University, Clear Channel, the MBTA, a MASSfestivals grant, and Long Haul Films. Over the years, ArtWeek has received support from generous partners such as WCVB-TV and MeTV, CMT Media, NECN, the Metro, Improper Bostonian, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, W Boston, Hubway Bicycles, Fluid Review and CO Everywhere. Everyone works hard to get the word out about ArtWeek events because we are all passionately committed to the amazing resources within our creative communities.
7. Who is the ArtWeek Team?
The ArtWeek team is comprised of staff members from Citi Performing Arts Center, interns, volunteers and community advisors. As a nonprofit performing arts center, the Center honors all kinds of arts, culture, and creativity – and we have a real commitment to our community. Launching ArtWeek Boston fit with our mission of being more than just the four walls of our theatres, and honoring individual artists as well as creative businesses.
8. What about ADA accessibility?
Do you have questions about the accessibility of a particular venue or program? We encourage all events and programs to be accessible to people with disabilities. If you have specific questions, please contact the event partner directly for details if you do not see that information listed on the event’s webpage.
9. What are the three “ArtWeek Initiatives”?
Art of Food celebrates the diversity and beauty of art through conceiving, creating and constructing meaningful food items to bring the community together. During ArtWeek, restaurants are invited to create a specialty dish or cocktail that is inspired by art in any form. We also ask that a portion of the proceeds be donated back to ArtWeek so funds can be delivered to arts programs for Boston Public Schools.
Light Up the Night is a visual display of the creative landscape of Boston – landmark buildings and locations “light up” in different colors throughout ArtWeek to illustrate the spectrum of creativity that our region offers. Participating landmarks have included the Prudential Tower, South Station and Zakim Bridge.
ArtWeek on the Road was launched in Spring 2016 in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor. Local artist groups are selected by guest curators to be featured on different billboards around Eastern Massachusetts and have included Fort Point Arts, Society of Arts and Crafts, and Boston Cyber Arts.
10. I’m interested in getting involved with ArtWeek – how do I do that?
If you are an individual artist, business or organization interested in hosting an event, we encourage you to read through our ArtWeek Host FAQs to learn more – these can be found HERE.
If you would like to learn about how you can volunteer during ArtWeek, read about our ArtWeek Ambassador opportunities HERE.
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