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Chance artwork by Paula Champagne

ArtBeat 2020

Sat., July 11, 11:00am

1 Davis Square, Somerville

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Our artwork specific to Chance by Paula Champagne has arrived!!  Enjoy

ArtBeat 2020: Chance 

Call for Talent (deadline March 27):  download here.   Or go directly to the Google Form application here:

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! 


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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