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ArtBeat 2019 theme

ArtBeat 2019

Sat., July 13, 11:00am

1 Davis Square, Somerville

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ArtBeat 2019: Consumed 

ArtBeat is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.  

On Saturday, July 13th we shut down Davis Square for craft vendors, two stages of music, dance in the Somerville Theater, and a host of great interactive peformances from 11 am to 10 pm.

Do you wish to participate?  

Call for Talent
We encourage you to tie in proposals to this year’s theme. Although bands, for example, don’t need to relate a performance to the theme (although you’re welcome to try!), we encourage other applicants to engage with our theme.

Please apply to the talent call via this google form link

Deadline: March 18
Questions? Email Rachel Strutt at rstrutt (at) 

Call for Craft Vendors
Please download the pdf application here.  
Deadline:  March 30
Questions? Email Heather Balchunas at hbalchunas (at) 

Call for Community Vendors
Please download the pdf application here. 
Deadline:  May 31
Questions? Email Heather Balchunas at hbalchunas (at) 

About this year's theme.  

Are you consumed by feelings of joy, creativity — or guilt or anxiety? Do you associate the word “consumed” with synonyms like “absorbed” and “engrossed” or “depleted” and “dissipated?” We are interested in all your interpretations of this theme yet are particularly interested in exploring how our consuming habits affect the planet. In fact, the Arts Council (SAC) is teaming up with the City’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) for this festival, to investigate how artists and climate activists can collaborate in ways that affect positive change. Can we consume less? Can we consume in ways that are smarter? Can we turn the often all-consuming dread of climate change into positive action? Perhaps a visual artist creates works to visualize our obsession with consumption or interprets climate change data in an engaging visual language. Perhaps a photographer would like to curate a show on “Stupid things I bought.” Other ideas include: a consumption confessional, the crowning of lord and lady consumption, and a global warming film festival or a parade around this theme. However you interpret “consumed,” we can’t wait to see your proposals! 

If you are a visual artist who has an existing body of work or a new project idea for ArtBeat, please fill out the general ArtBeat talent application, google form link below. However, SAC and OSE also are interested in pairing up artist activists and environmental activists to take on a collaborative project. We are eager to see how artists can interpret environmental ideas and data in creative, provocative ways. We are seeking artists who are interested in being paired with a climate change organization or activists to jointly work on a new project.

Artbeat 2018
Sat., July 14, 11:00am to 10:00pm
ArtBeat Flip theme; art work by Kari Percival
Artbeat 2017
Sat., July 15, 11:00am to 10:00pm
2017 ArtBeat designer Nicole Anguish/Daykamp Creative
Artbeat 2016
Fri., July 15, 6:00pm to Sat., July 16, 6:00pm
Catherine Aiello, ArtBeat 2016 artist
Artbeat 2015
Fri., July 17, 5:30pm to Sat., July 18, 6:00pm
Artbeat 2014
Fri., July 18, 6:00pm to Sat., July 19, 10:00pm
Artbeat 2013
Fri., July 19, 6:00pm to Sat., July 20, 10:00pm
Artbeat 2012
Fri., July 20, 6:00pm to Sat., July 21, 6:00pm
ArtBeat 2011
Fri., July 15, 5:00pm to Sat., July 16, 12:00am
ArtBeat 2010
Fri., July 16, 5:45pm to Sat., July 17, 6:00pm
ArtBeat 2010
ArtBeat 2009
Fri., July 17, 5:00pm to Sun., July 19, 7:00pm
ArtBeat 2008
Fri., July 18, 5:00pm to Sat., July 19, 7:10pm