ArtWeek Partners With Music Drives Us to Offer Artist Grants

ARTWEEK SPRING FESTIVAL HAPPENING APRIL 28 – MAY 7

Boston, MA (April 5, 2017) – Produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek today announced it has partnered with Music Drives Us to provide artist grants for events during its spring 2017 festival. The following five individuals will receive a $1,000 performance grant from Music Drives Us to support their participation in the spring ArtWeek festival (April 28 – May 7): Eli Pabon-Szebeda, host of BOMBAntillana – From Bomba to Hip Hop; Rebecca Strauss, host of Harmony & Hope: Responding to Violence with Music; Karen Kalafatas, host of Kids Really Rock Watertown; Michele Messino of the Newbury Street League, host of the Newbury Street League Music Crawl; and Kyler Taustin, host of Songs for a New World at Assembly Row.

“We are extremely grateful to Music Drives Us for making such an important investment in ArtWeek and for supporting artists across our community,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “Our growing partnership with Music Drives Us and the Boch Family is providing more opportunities to showcase and elevate our creative economy, which we’re very excited about!”

“We are proud to support the innovation of ArtWeek Boston,” stated Ernie Boch Jr., founder of Music Drives Us and CEO of Boch Enterprises. “Music Drives Us is committed to supporting performances that grant free access to the audience and combine education with entertainment. Cultural festivals such as ArtWeek are integral to the fabric of our society. Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the Music Drives Us ArtWeek Performance Grants!”

Presented by the Highland Street Foundation, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual festival that features unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. From April 28 – May 7, ArtWeek will host its largest creative festival ever—offering more than 250 unique events across much of Eastern Massachusetts. Participants can experience dance, folk and traditional arts, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, contemporary visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and much more. ArtWeek events will now be held in more than 70 neighborhoods and towns, including the Cape and Islands. More than 60 percent of this season’s events are free and all are affordable, making the arts more accessible to everyone.

A complete calendar of ArtWeek events can be found here.

For more information, visit artweekboston.org.

About ArtWeek – Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 150 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Celebrated twice per year, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Eastern Massachusetts. To learn more about the festival and its growth, watch this highlight reel.

Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness of the area’s creative economy, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including Music Drives Us and ArtSpring Cape Cod, and is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek also has a network of generous media partners each year that have contributed $2.2 million in advertising and promotional support since its launch. Current media partners include WCVB and Beasley Media Group, with additional support from Outfront, Overdrive, and CMT Group. ArtWeek has received recognitions from The Boston Globe, BostInno, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Americans for the Arts. For more information, visit artweekboston.org.

About Music Drives Us – Music Drives Us is a registered 501(c)(3), New England nonprofit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. We seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.

About Highland Street Foundation – Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $180 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

About the Boch Center – The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more.

Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at bochcenter.org.