Boston is celebrating the arts with more than 100 events this week

What ArtWeek is and how you can participate.

Lane Turner/The Boston Globe

With several higher education institutions dedicated to the arts, and certain neighborhoods that foster creative communities, Boston has quite the arts scene to show off. That’s why ArtWeek, which kicks off Friday, presents a great opportunity for Boston to connect with its creative side.

ArtWeek features more than 100 cultural events mostly in Boston proper, with the goal of driving awareness, interest, and economy towards those creating performance, music, or visual works. From April 29 through May 8, residents of Boston will have the chance to observe, purchase, and interact with art of all kinds. For a complete list of events, visit ArtWeek’s website. For starters, here are a few happenings that might be worth checking out:

Kick-Off at Boston Public Market (West End)

The work of ArtLifting’s artists will be displayed at the Boston Public Market, turning it into an open gallery space for the first time ever. ArtLifting is an organization that works with homeless and disabled artists to give them a way to profit off of their work. Visitors can also participate in ArtWeek’s fine art and agriculture inspired photo booth: New England Gothic photo display.
Date: 4/29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Light Up the Night (Various Neighborhoods)

Each evening throughout ArtWeek, iconic buildings and structures around Boston will light up in a colorful display as a special salute to Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative communities.
Date: 4/26 through 5/8
Cost: Free

CraftBoston 2016 (South End)

90 local jewelry, clothing, and furniture makers take to the South End Cyclorama for three days to display and sell wares of all kinds. It’s a great chance to shop local and connect with crafty people.
Date: 4/29 at 10 a.m. through 5/1 at 5 p.m.
Cost: $15


Open Runway 2016 (Downtown Crossing)

Like an open mic night for fashion, Open Runway will give local fashion designers a chance to display their work. Hosted by Jay Calderin, Founder of Boston Fashion Week, the fashion show will take place at the Summer Street Plaza outside of Macy’s in Downtown Crossing, and designers of all levels are encouraged to show off their creations.
Date: 4/29 at noon
Cost: Free

Color Boston (Newbury Street)

Throughout ArtWeek, The Paint Bar will open its doors at certain hours to let the public contribute to large colorful scenes of the city. Paint Bar will provide large canvases with the outlines of iconic Boston scenes. It’s up to the people of Boston to color them in.
Date: 4/29 at 4 p.m. through 5/8 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

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