Deadline to submit ArtWeek events looms

  • Artist Christine Texeira works on a piece at New Story Studios during the Art Happening event in Millers Falls as part of the 2019 celebration of ArtWeek. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Eric Goldstein, left, and Nadine Staelens browse artwork from Wendell artist Donna Horn during the Art Happening event in Millers Falls as part of the 2019 celebration of ArtWeek. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Report
Published: 2/16/2020 5:16:41 PM

Franklin County is no exception when it comes to participating in the statewide ArtWeek, with artists offering 10 days’ worth of events each spring.

Now, the deadline to submit an event to be part of ArtWeek is just around the corner, with a final day of Friday, Feb. 21. ArtWeek itself will be held from May 1-10.

According to an ArtWeek press release, the festival provided nearly 600 creative experiences in more than 130 neighborhoods and towns throughout the state last year. Ninety percent of the events were either free or under $25, allowing an estimated 55,000 people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy ArtWeek.

“We are excited by the momentum that ArtWeek 2020 is already generating statewide,” said Joe Spaulding, president and CEO of the Boch Center, which produces ArtWeek. “Making arts, culture and creative opportunities accessible and affordable to everyone has been a guiding vision, and that focus on inclusion is now inspiring local communities and regional collaborators to work together in new and creative ways. It’s wonderful to see so many creative events being submitted by new partners coming on board, as well as artists and partners from years past.”

With nearly 150 applications sent in before the early bird deadline, this year’s ArtWeek is shaping up to be the best one yet, according to the release.

Beyond the hundreds of events, ArtWeek also has special programs that are designed to spark ingenuity in the culinary and hospitality sectors, and create innovative outdoor programs that provide a well-rounded experience for both tourists and residents.

“It has always been our mission to push the boundaries of art and capture creativity in its many different forms,” Spaulding added. “Special programs include the Art of Food, Light Up the Night and ArtWeek on the Road. In 2019, ArtWeek launched a Lodging Offers program that gives hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and inns an opportunity to market special discounts and creative packages for ArtWeek enthusiasts to take advantage of during the 10 days of ArtWeek. It’s a win-win for all involved.”

Applications to submit an event, due Feb. 21, can be found at artweekma.org. The special programs deadline is April 3.




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