ArtWeek Boston Coming to Watertown With Three Events

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ArtWeek 2017 will feature more than 250 events around the Boston area, including some activities in Watertown.

Produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek announced its largest season lineup ever. The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 250 events from April 28-May 7 — representing a more than 40 percent increase over the spring and fall 2016 festivals. ArtWeek events provide participants with new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity, and will now be held in 13 new neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts, with a total presence in more than 70 communities. In collaboration with ArtSpring Cape Cod, this season’s festival will feature nearly 30

events on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

“As we see the interest in ArtWeek continue to grow season after season, it’s clear there is a hunger for creative, artistic events across the region,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “With the support of the Highland Street Foundation, ArtWeek has grown from 26 events to more than 250 in just four years. I am extremely proud to say that more than 60 percent of this season’s events are free, fulfilling our mission to make art and cultural experiences accessible to everyone. The Greater Boston creative community has so much talent to offer—I hope everyone will come out to participate in one of the many terrific ArtWeek events!”

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is a bi-annual, 10-day festival that features unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. This season offers something for everyone, including a number of family friendly events. Participants can attend a MassQuerade Ball; experience live art at seven Whole Foods Market locations; run a Mural Mile Road Race; learn how to salsa dance; take a one-of-a-kind yoga class at the Wang Theatre; learn the elements of floral design with Winston Flowers; create eco-friendly art; attend a 90-second film festival; take a public art Duck Tour; learn the art of meteorology with WCVB’s Storm Team 5 Meteorologists; attend a Kids Really Rock concert; go on an architecture tour of Dorchester; join a panel of women artists to discuss current political and social issues; and much more.

With 13 new cities and towns participating this season, these exciting events are now happening across more than 70 neighborhoods and towns, including Boston, Norwood, Wakefield, Melrose, Barnstable, Framingham, Cambridge, Arlington, Osterville, Lexington, Watertown, Dedham, Lowell, Lincoln, Nantucket, and many more.

Here are the events in Watertown:

Kids Really Rock Watertown

Lead Partner: Karen Kalafatas, Event Creator/Executive Producer
Community Partner: Mosesian Center for the Arts
Price: FREE
Location: Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Open Arts Day featuring Kids Really Rock™ will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00-3:30 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. Centering around the theme “All We Need is Love” the event offers Greater-Boston families of all socio-economic backgrounds a FREE all-day festival featuring family-friendly music and hands-art focused on kindness, and community and creativity. The Kids Really Rock stage will feature all-day performances by nationally acclaimed bands for families and kids, including Karen K & the Jitterbugs and Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, to name a few. Additionally, participants can experiment with clay (hand building and pottery wheel), printmaking and mixed-media, and a very special printing project to create print masterpieces!

Additionally, Watertown Children’s Theatre will host fun theatre-based activities for children, and New Repertory Theatre will showcase their exciting family-friendly theatre programming.

Open Arts Day

Lead Partner: Mosesian Center for the Arts
Price: FREE
Location: Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is proud to present Open Arts Day 2017! This family-friendly drop-in open house features visual and performing arts workshops for all ages! Participants can experiment with paint, paper, collage, performance, movement and more.

WCT – Watertown Children’s Theatre will reveal their 2017-18 season and host fun theatre-based activities for children. New Repertory Theatre will also showcase their exciting theatre programming. This year’s event will feature the return of a very special outdoor Steamroller Printing Project where professional printmakers ink up carved plates, then roll over them with an industrial steamroller to create relief print masterpieces!

TILL Wave Paint Festival

Lead Partner: TILL, Inc. (Toward Independent Living & Learning, Inc)
Community Partner: Roscoe Lamontagne
Price: FREE
Location: TILL Wave Gallery, 264 Arlington Street, Watertown
Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The TILL Wave Art Gallery will host a Paint Festival Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am- 3pm. The community is invited to participate in multiple Paint experiences. In front of the Gallery at 264 Arlington Street, Watertown, TILL Artist-in- Residence, Roscoe Lamontagne will be providing unique airbrush designs on shirts, hats and tattoos. At the rear of the gallery, guests will be able to “Roller Paint” with adaptive paint equipment allowing people who use wheelchairs or walkers to design and paint original prints. There will also be performances throughout the day by the TILL Wave Band in the gallery. This is a free event, welcoming everyone to experience “Art for All”!

A complete calendar of ArtWeek events can be found here.

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