Art for All

Immerse yourself in the local arts scene during ArtWeek 2019

One of the best things about the Cape and Islands is the endless variety of artistic, cultural and creative events. One of the hardest things about this area is committing the time to take advantage of such a wide-ranging offering. But imagine if you could gather dozens of events together, in a fairly concise time range, and pick and choose what to experience. Well, no need to imagine—it is about to happen.

April 25 through May 5, 2019 kicks off the second year of ArtWeek Cape Cod. Spawned for the original ArtWeek that took root in Boston in 2013, inspired by the popularity of Restaurant Week, without adopting their business model. Sue Dahling Sullivan, chief strategic officer at Boston’s Boch Center, who oversees the organization and implementation of ArtWeek, says: “We used research provided by the National Endowment for the Arts that said people are looking to engage with arts, culture and creativity differently. It’s not enough to just sit and listen to a concert or to watch a play or to see an art exhibit. People wanted that learning or social aspect—behind the scenes, interactive, hands-on, demos, panels, that kind of VIP access where they could peek behind the curtain. And that helped us define the ArtWeek twist.” 

The first season back in 2013 began with 28 events. By the time 2017 rolled around, the number of events had grown to 250, but they also seemed to have sprawled outside of the Boston environs. “It suddenly wasn’t ArtWeek Boston anymore,” Sullivan explains. “We want to say yes to everyone, so we rethought the model.” 2018 officially took the success and the concept statewide.