Franklin County Chamber of Commerce part of statewide spring arts festival

  • Celtic Heels performs at the Shea Theater in May. A new statewide arts festival called ArtWeek seeks to highlight the creative industry. Recorder File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Flutist Zara Lawler, left, and Percussionist Paul Fadoul, right, perform for Deerfield Elementary School 4th graders in the Pleasant Street school, Firday, Oct. 27, 2017. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • The Watson family, from left, Phil, Jeff, and Cory Watson play old time music on the porch of Mim's Market during the annual holiday celebration of A Special Day in Northfield, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Northfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE


Recorder Staff
Published: 12/18/2017 9:45:39 PM

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has been named a collaborator for the statewide 2018 ArtWeek festival, happening April 27 to May 6.

ArtWeek is an innovative event featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across Massachusetts.

To promote the upcoming Spring 2018 festival, ArtWeek will be working with a number of statewide, regional and local collaborators. Through this partnership, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will help spread the word about ArtWeek across its networks about applying to host an ArtWeek event as well as encourage people to get out and experience the 10-day festival next spring.

“One of Franklin County’s greatest economic drivers is our creative economy. ArtWeek provides an excellent opportunity for our creative communities to shine,” said Natalie Blais, executive director of Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. “With three official cultural districts and scores of artists and creative organizations in our area, we are looking forward to a concentrated week of festivities that highlight the creative industry that helps to fuel the quality of life in our region.”

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture and creativity. This year, the Mass. Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

“We are thrilled to have organizations like Franklin County Chamber of Commerce partnering with ArtWeek this season,” said Josiah A. Spaulding Jr., president and CEO of the Boch Center. “ArtWeek is an innovative festival that works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. Each year, ArtWeek showcases unique experiences spanning dance, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, culinary, visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more. And the best part is that many of the events are free, making it affordable and accessible to everyone.”

Applications for the festival are now available at The early bird deadline to submit an ArtWeek event is Jan. 8, and the final deadline is Feb. 28.

For more information on ArtWeek, visit


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