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Everything You Need To Know About ArtWeek Boston

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Author: Tim Weber

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If you consider yourself an art lover – or even if you just have some creative inclination – then hitting up Boston during ArtWeek should definitely be on your 2018 ‘To Do’ list. This 10-day extravaganza celebrates what’s most beautiful, original and dynamic about Boston’s buzzing art scene and this year’s festivities are set to be the biggest and best yet.

We’ve spoken to YOTEL Boston’s most artistic employees to get you the lowdown; here’s everything you need to know about ArtWeek Boston.

Modern Art 
(Photo via Pixabay)

What is ArtWeek Boston?

ArtWeek Boston is an imaginative, innovative and totally unique springtime festival that celebrates all things artistic! If your only experience with art is touring a gallery now and then, prepare to have your mind blown. ArtWeek Boston features experiences, events and activities that you’ll never have seen before. From getting a behind-the-scenes look at how artists work, designing your own political posters, learning to master Greek dance and even becoming a Jedi Lego master (really), nothing about ArtWeek Boston is predictable.

Lego Statue
(Photo via Matt Brown)

There are hundreds of intriguing, fun and exciting experiences and events to participate in, so whatever you’re into – and even if you don’t think you’re an ‘art person’ – you’re sure to find something that appeals to you… that’s the beauty of ArtWeek. Many of the events are free, so you don’t have to fork out to enjoy the festival.

Key ArtWeek Boston Dates:

The 10 days from April 27 – May 6, 2018 should already be highlighted in your calendar, but those aren’t the only dates you should bear in mind this spring. If you’re hoping to submit or host your own ArtWeek Boston event, the final deadline is on February 28. The full schedule will be released in late March, so be sure to check in at the official site if you want to plan your week.

What types of events take place during ArtWeek Boston?

It’s hard to convey the variety and creativity of the ArtWeek Boston events in just a few sentences… but we’ll do our best! Some examples of the less traditional events are:

  •         Giving the public access to usually closed studios, rehearsals or discussions, and allowing them to experience the behind-the-scenes work;
  •         Hosting a workshop or demo where the public can get involved themselves and get their hands dirty;
  •         Offering tours, e.g. biking tours of Boston’s cultural landmarks, or viewing multicolour light shows at some of the city’s most iconic buildings.
  •         Hosting a lecture or putting together a panel to discuss a topical subject – this can be anything, as long as it’s related to arts, culture or creativity

Art Lecture
(Photo via Cafa)

What are the three “ArtWeek Initiatives”?

This year, ArtWeek Boston is focused around three main initiatives. These are:

Art of Food

We all know that peace and charity begin at the kitchen table and Art of Food takes this notion further, celebrating the power and beauty of art through the creation of meaningful dishes that draw communities together. Restaurants participating in ArtWeek will create a special dish or drink that’s inspired by art. Many donate their profits back to ArtWeek, who in turn support arts programs in Boston schools, so you can feel good about downing that cocktail!

Light Up the Night

ArtWeek kicks off with a sparkling display across Commonwealth, as the avenue’s most famous buildings “light up” in different colours to depict the variety of creativity that Boston offers. Landmarks that have lit up in the past (and likely will again this year) are the Prudential Tower, South Station, Channel Street Garage and Zakim Bridge.

ArtWeek on the Road

Launched in 2016, ArtWeek on the Road has partnered up with Clear Channel Outdoor and the Boch Center to help Boston artists gain prominence. Local artist groups are chosen by guest curators to be featured on billboards across the city, and have previously included Fort Point Arts, Society of Arts and Crafts, and Boston Cyber Arts.

Where should I stay for ArtWeek?

You should stay… drumroll… at YOTEL Boston. The events and activities for ArtWeek are spread throughout the city, so you’ll want to stay somewhere that’s not only central but also has excellent transport links. YOTEL Boston is only an eight-minute walk to South Station and is right next to the courthouse stop on the silver line. We’re also within easy walking reach of downtown locations and attractions.

If that weren’t enough, once you head back to the hotel after a day of exploring ArtWeek, you can be sure the festival spirit won’t have to end. We have live music with Louie Bello every Thursday from 8–11:30 pm in our cool club lounge, and on Saturday nights Boston's hottest DJs are on the decks in Sky Bar.

YOTEL Boston Sky Lounge Bar
(Photo via YOTEL)

If you’re visiting Boston during ArtWeek, be sure to check into YOTEL to maximize your trip. You can take a look at our creative and cozy cabins here, and check availability here.

Author: Tim Weber

Tim Weber is the Digital and Social Media Manager at YOTEL Boston.

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