Our artwork specific to Chance by Paula Champagne has arrived!! Enjoy
ArtBeat 2020: Chance
Call for Craft Vendors (deadline March 31): Download PDF instructions/application here; and download Word application form here
(If you do not have Word, no worries, instructions/application pdf can be printed out and handwritten and scanned back to us)
Call for Community Vendors (deadline May 15): Download here.
Posting for an ArtBeat Coordinator job (deadline March 15). Candidate will work with the SAC team to curate and manage specific interactive components of our ArtBeat Festival. Download PDF application here
ArtBeat is the city's largest cultural festival, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities. A free event with suggested donation of $3--get a theme based dogtag from one of our tables or from the volunteers roaming the festival. Truly, it's a collector's item!! This small gesture is a direct way to support the festival.
On Saturday, July 11th 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.
About this year's theme.
“Chance” is a celebration of all things unexpected, unplanned, fluky and fortuitous. We invite artists and community members to interpret this theme in a variety of ways. “Chance” conjures many things: games, gambles, chance encounters and dada, an early 20th-century art movement that celebrated chance as opposed to reason or logic. Let’s take a chance at ArtBeat this year and explore how things happen when we don’t follow detailed plans and instead embrace serendipity.
Perhaps artists will create dada-inspired public artworks or interactive games involving chance, or dancers might explore movement that responds to an element of chance—like a surprise shift in music. Comedians might plan an improv workshop and storytellers might explore themes of unexpected outcomes. We look forward to your creative interpretation of this theme!