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ArtBeat 2020

ArtBeat 2020 Chance artwork by Paula Champagne

ArtBeat 2020

Fri., July 10, 8:00pm


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View a full ArtBeat 2020 PDF guide and schedule to the festival

Our artwork specific to our theme of Chance by Paula Champagne seems appropriate for this year's ArtBeat.

Join us from July 10-18 for a Citywide ArtBeat 

The festival is very much ON, albeit in a different form this year—over the course of 8 days, we’ll have some virtual performances as well as some safe real-life happenings, such as art installations popping up and poetry hitting the streets.

We believe art plays a more crucial role than ever, in promoting community, supporting our collective mental health, and providing a means for expression and protest. This year the festival theme is “Chance,” which explores all things fluky, unexpected and unplanned. The theme—and our beautiful graphic, designed by Paula Champagne—turned out to be more timely and poignant than we could have imagined.

Rolling out a detailed lineup below!



Date Timesort descending Location Performance
July 10 12:00 AM Online ArtBeat Crafts
July 10 12:00 AM Bike path Poetry on the Path, featuring Ross Gay 
July 10 12:00 AM Groundworks Somerville:Chance to Rest Mural
July 10 12:00 AM Davis Square BLM Floral Installation
July 10 12:00 AM CVS Davis Square A Game of Chance: THE EXQUISITE CORPSE
July 10 12:00 AM Flora & Fauna: Chance Chalk Challenge
July 10 8:00 PM Kickoff Dance Party with Saucy Lady
July 11 12:00 AM Somerville Community Growing Center Pollination Is (a Game of) Chance
July 11 10:00 AM Native Pollinator Garden Take a Chance on Seeds with the Somerville Garden Club
July 11 8:00 PM ArtBeat Takeover @ ONCE VV: New Aura, Grace Givertz, the Mystery
July 12 10:00 AM Upcycle Fence by the Beautiful Stuff Project
July 12 10:30 AM By-Chance Concert with Phil Berman
July 12 2:00 PM Davis Square Chance for Change
July 13 12:00 AM Poetry Readings through YouTube Playlist
July 13 12:00 AM Davis Square Poetry on the Path: Somerville Poets
July 13 12:00 AM Scavenger Treasure Hunt with Buzzroar Interactive
July 13 12:00 PM Street Dances
July 14 12:00 AM Chance the Drummer (Marcus Santos!)
July 14 11:00 AM Cartooning by Chance with Dan Moynihan: Choose Your Adventure!
July 14 8:00 PM ArtBeat Takeover @ Burren Backroom: Danielle Miraglia
July 15 10:30 AM Sock Monkey Circus with Honey Goodenough
July 15 12:00 PM All We Have Left
July 15 8:00 PM Amy Kucharik “99 Bottles” Crowdsourced Video
July 15 8:30 PM [Blend]
July 16 10:30 AM Somerville Storytellers w/ Somerville Public Library
July 16 12:00 PM Virtual Caricatures by Alejandro
July 16 6:00 PM Redirect and Progress
July 16 7:00 PM Aaron Emmanuel
July 16 8:00 PM ArtBeat Takeover @ the Jungle: Optic Bloom
July 17 12:00 PM Virtual Caricatures by Alejandro
July 17 7:00 PM Chance in Theater with Theatre@First
July 18 12:00 PM Chuckie Harris Park Take a Chance on Seeds Part 2- July 18
July 18 12:00 PM Virtual Caricatures by Alejandro
July 18 8:00 PM 3NITY at Arts at the Armory
ArtBeat 2022
Sat., July 16, 11:00am
ArtBeat 2022 graphic art by Michael Talbot
ArtBeat 2021
Sat., July 10, 11:00am
ArtBeat Design by:
ArtBeat 2019
Sat., July 13, 11:00am
Art by
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