Monterey, MA – April 10 – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek has announced its largest season lineup ever. The award-winning creative festival will offer nearly 600 events in 125 neighborhoods and towns across the state from April 26 – May 5. The Bidwell House Museum will participate in ArtWeek by hosting Retracing Native Histories – A Walk Through Time on April 27.
With support from a network of 150 statewide, regional, community and media partners, ArtWeek celebrates all forms of creativity in an affordable and accessible way for everyone who lives, works, plays and visits Massachusetts. It’s an award-winning, innovative festival that features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture and the creative process. ArtWeek events span the Commonwealth’s six regions and roughly 70 percent of this season’s events are free, making the arts accessible to everyone across the Commonwealth. Visit artweekMA.org to view the full calendar of events by town, region, price or area of interest.
Location: The Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA
Date: April 27, 10 am
Long before the English arrived in what is now Massachusetts, the Mohicans lived on and worked with the land for thousands of years. During this walk through history, join Rob Hoogs to learn how the Mohicans used the local landscape for hunting, agriculture, maple sugaring and more. As you hike some of the four miles of trails on the 192 acre Bidwell House Museum property, the quiet beauty of the Berkshire upland forest will transport you to another time and place, creating a greater understanding of life in these woods hundreds of years ago. Please dress for a hike and bring water or a snack. The walk will happen in light rain or shine, however if a heavy downpour is predicted, the rain date will be Sunday April 28 at 1pm.
“We are thrilled to officially kick off the 2019 ArtWeek festival with an exciting lineup of nearly 600 uniquely creative events,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the nonprofit Boch Center, the producer of this community celebration. “Not only has the festival continued to grow in size year after year, but the statewide support for ArtWeek also continues to expand, spearheaded by Highland Street Foundation who has been our presenting sponsor since ArtWeek’s 2013 debut. The festival not only offers something for everyone’s creative taste, but it aims to spotlight the rich cultural community that exists across Massachusetts. We hope Bay State residents and visitors will come out to experience all that ArtWeek has to offer from April 26 – May 5.”
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an annual award-winning innovative festival featuring almost 600 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and now serves over 125 towns across Massachusetts as the signature nonprofit community program of the Boch Center.
ArtWeek works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts by offering unique and affordable neighborhood-based events that provide increased access to art, culture, and creativity. Through community, artistic, and media collaborations, this festival provides experiences in dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film and much more.
Statewide champions of ArtWeek include the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the Mass Cultural Council, who also serves as ArtWeek’s Creative Communities sponsor. Additional support comes from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Foundation for MetroWest, Dartamon Consulting, and DPA Communications. Lead Media partners include WCVB Channel 5, Entercom, AdSpace, El Planeta, WBUR, Improper Bostonian, Boston Metro, Boston Central, Boston Parent, Edge Media Network, The Valley Advocate, Cape Cod Life Publications, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Boston Herald, Lowell Sun, Sentinel & Enterprise, The Valley Dispatch, Nashoba Valley Voice, Media News Group, Boston Globe, Clear Channel Outdoor, Bay State Banner, Dig Media, Cape Cod Community Media Center, WCAI, Playbill/Art New England, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Visit New England, The Word Boston, Northshore Magazine, Sippican Week as well as many others. ArtWeek’s expansion has also been powered by an extensive network of more than 125 creative collaborators at the statewide, regional and community level.