Get Familiar With Boston’s Creative Side During ArtWeek Boston

Posted September 29, 2016 by Allison Lynch in Theater & Arts
Boston ArtWeek kicks off tomorrow. Photo Courtesy of Illuminus

Following Boston Fashion Week, ArtWeek Boston is just around the corner, running from September 30th to October 9th. You might have seen the ArtWeek logo on various MBTA billboards, or maybe you’ve seen an ad or two in The Improper Bostonian. One thing is for sure – the city’s anticipation for ArtWeek is growing as 600+ partners and organizers get ready for an exciting week of community, culture, art, food, and more.

Let’s look what the hype is all about!


What is ArtWeek?

ArtWeek is relatively new, first launching in 2013. Due to its massive initial success, it’s now a bi-annual festival that spans across Eastern Massachusetts to deliver a calendar of public events to the community at large. This year, more than 50 neighborhoods from Cape Cod to the North Shore will participate in the festival, with the heart of the party occurring right here in Downtown Boston.

ArtWeek’s mission is to bring art to the public forefront, including dance, theater, culinary creations, textiles, and architecture. Throughout the 10-day celebration, you can experience public art installations, community mural painting, featured cuisine at your favorite restaurants, and even a pop-up opera at Boston Public Market. ArtWeek is produced by the Citi Performing Arts Center, which supports the Wang and Shubert Theaters here in the city.

How Can I Attend?

There are numerous ways to attend ArtWeek. If you live in Boston, it’s as easy as walking out your front door. Events will be occurring on Newbury, Beacon, Boylston, and Huntington streets (just to name a few). Out of the 600+ events, 65% of them are free, with the remainder requiring tickets or admission passes. For a full list of events, check out ArtWeek Calendar of Events.

This Year’s Themes

This year, ArtWeek is focusing on 3 major themes to serve as an umbrella for the entire festival:

  • Art of Food
  • ArtWeek on the Road
  • Light Up the Night

Art of Food will honor the innovative chefs and restaurants in the Greater Boston area, including some local favorites like Abby Lane, Forage, Otto, and The Beehive. Visit any one of these places during ArtWeek to try a special dish created specifically for ArtWeek.

ArtWeek on the Road is a partnership with the City of Boston’s “Boston Creates” planning team. They have curated huge roadside digital billboards that will showcase the city’s public arts by representing organizations in the humanities, arts and sciences.

“Light Up the Night” is a fascinating nighttime display that honors Boston’s art innovators and celebrates the diversity of artists and creative organizations within the city. For the duration of the festival, Boston’s skyline will be lit up with bright colors, including The Prudential Tower, Zakim Bridge, South Station, and Atlantic Wharf.

Events You Won’t Want To Miss

pARTy on the Greenway

Kick off the night before ArtWeek block party style at the Wharf District Parks of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. There will be music, dancing, drinks, and a visual art display.

Sound Politics

Experience what happens when music directors, EMS devices, and instruments collide. Lanfranco Aceti, Director of the Arts Administration program at BU, uses electric muscle stimulation devices to trigger muscular impulses to musicians to “play” the instruments. It will be a fascinating look at music in the age of technology, and how these lines can be blurred.

Studio Portrait Event & Irving Penn Exhibition

Get a professional portrait done with a large-format camera at Lesley’s College of Art and Design, then visit Lesley’s Lunder Art Center to see Irving Penn’s “Beyond Beauty” Exhibition. Curated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exclusive exhibit will only appear in 5 U.S. locations.

Tap into your creative side this fall and get familiar with the arts community in Boston. Not only will you be supporting local businesses including galleries, restaurants, and designers – you’ll be part of a growing movement here in the city.