EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

ArtWeek kicks off in Boston

by Kelly Burch

---- — BOSTON – Whether you prefer paint, desire to dance, or are in love with an instrument, there will be an event for you this week at the first ArtWeek Boston. This celebration of the arts will combine free events and paid performances throughout all areas of the city, highlighting nearly every type of art.

“We live in an immensely diverse, creative community. The dozens of collaborations between the creative community and area businesses are unique, exciting, and varied; they will involve and introduce the public to new companies, artists, and neighborhoods,” said Joe Spaulding, president and CEO of the Citi Performing Art Center. Last May, the center received a large grant from ArtPlace America. The money from that grant is being used to support the city's first ArtWeek.

ArtWeek features plenty of events for families. On Saturday, the Boston Lyric Opera will perform a free family opera day at the Boston Public Library, with special appearance by some critters from Zoo New England. During the week the “Play Me, I'm Yours” exhibit will put vibrantly-decorated pianos throughout the city for the public to create their own music. On Saturday October 5th the Huntington Theatre Company will host a Jungle Book story hour, inviting kids in the audience to act out the classic, complete with face paint.

Other presentations include “The Colors of India: A celebration of culture and the art of rug-making,” The Boston Tech Jam, and an open house at the Boston Ballet.

“Still Running: An art marathon for Boston” invites participants to make art pieces, which are then framed and given to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations and people affected by the Marathon bombings. The interactive art project will be running throughout ArtWeek.

If You Go: WHAT: ArtWeek Boston WHERE: Throughout the city WHEN: Friday, Sept. 27 - Sunday, Oct 6th HOW: Find out about all the events at www.artweekboston.com