Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Artists, educators, performers & venues wanted for ArtWeek Franklin 2018

We want YOU for ArtWeek Franklin!

The Franklin Cultural Council is bringing ArtWeek, a statewide arts festival, to Franklin April 27 - May 6, 2018...and we want YOU involved!
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Anyone can host an ArtWeek event…organizations, businesses, schools and individual artists. And while the VENUE has to be in Franklin to be part of ArtWeek Franklin, the HOST or participating organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space.

What makes an event an ArtWeek event?

ArtWeek events should be unique, memorable and inspired experiences that offer a taste of the arts, culture, and/or creativity unlike others that you can traditionally experience throughout the rest of the year. Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public by adding a simple "ArtWeek twist" like:
  • Inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal or offering a free pre- or post-show talk or discussion 
  • Hosting a hands-on workshop or demonstration (and it's extra cool to host them in an unexpected place)
  • Adding a twist to open studios by including a 30-minute mini-workshop or how-to session with an artist
  • Creating a partnership event between artists and businesses
  • Offering a tour, hosting a lecture or creating a panel to discuss a relevant topic in arts, culture or creativity
  • If you're a restaurant, consider participating in the Art of Food.
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Why participate?

ArtWeek brings tourists to town, customers to your business, and  attendees to your events. It can drive revenue, raise awareness, create a sense of community, promote good will, and get more people interested in your goods, services, programs, and more. Plus, ArtWeek will promote you for free!

Need inspiration?

The great people at ArtWeek have created handy inspiration sheets for every type of business, organization and venue. Follow the link below to start generating ideas for how YOU can create a unique ArtWeek event.

So let's talk money...

ArtWeek events must be open to the public (though you can limit the number of attendees through ticket sales or other means), but they don't have to be free. All events must be under $50, and you keep all revenue. Want to host a free event? Well, that's certainly encouraged too! In fact, the Franklin Cultural Council believes so strongly in ArtWeek that we are providing special grants just to those programs offered free of charge! To apply, click here:
FCC ArtWeek grants

Let's talk promo...

The beauty of ArtWeek is that it's a partnership! ArtWeek helps coordinate and promote the events through their unique, searchable database (they'll create a web page for your event free of charge!), as well as ads, press releases, and on social media.

State and regional partners such as the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism, the Mass Cultural Council, and the MetroWest Visitors Bureau will promote ArtWeek through their channels.

The Franklin Cultural Council, the Town of Franklin, and our local partners will also help raise awareness through all of our efforts. That's a whole lot of extra visibility to amplify your own efforts!

Location, location, location...

Have an idea, but don't know where to host the event? Have a venue, but looking for a program? We can help! We are putting together a list of events and venues to help match up partners. If you're interested, simply fill out this Google form:

ArtWeek Partnership Form

So where do you sign??

Ready to participate? If so, follow the link below to apply directly to ArtWeek for your event to be part of the fun! It's a short form and easy to fill out – we promise! The early bird deadline is Jan. 8; final deadline is Feb. 28. And if you don't mind, drop us a line at the Franklin Cultural Council at so that we know you want to be involved. We can't wait! Still have questions? Visit ArtWeek's FAQ's for more info.
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