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Citi Performing Arts Center Shapes the Boston Art Scene

From Broadway to Artweek, Citi spreads art throughout the community.

Once known as the Athens of America, Boston is a beacon on the East Coast for food, thought, and the performing arts. At the center of Boston’s performing arts scene is the Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the famed Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre.

Concert at Wang TheatreFrom musicals straight off of Broadway to popular YouTube musical artists such as Lindsey Stirling, Citi Performing Arts Center is dedicated to bringing top quality acts to the city. “At the Wang Theatre,” says Michelle Chapman, Director of Communications and Public Relations, “we have a booking partnership with Madison Square Garden that allows us to bring in top talent year ‘round.” Fall is their busiest season, with lots of concerts and plays coming to the two theatres. Noted performances include Lake Street Dive, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and the national tour launch of the Tony Award winning An American in Paris.

More than just performances are the events that Citi Performing Arts Center hosts all year, so when planning to take an arts fueled adventure into Boston, definitely plan around what shows and events you want to attend. Fall is the most popular, as they not only have stellar shows at the theatres, they also produce a festival called ArtWeek that will offer more than 175 creative events across Eastern Massachusetts from in September and October. “It started with 26 events in 11 different towns and neighborhoods,” says Vivian Baguer Holland, Associate Director of Special Projects, “it has now grown to over 170 unique and individual events across over 50 towns each season.” Spanning from Salem in the North Shore all the way down to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, find music, painting, lectures, gallery tours, and even hands-on community art projects. “There was an artist from the Canary Islands who came to Boston to talk about her work,” says Baguer Holland about making a community mural, “she led us on that journey, and it was so neat to see people from arts and non-arts backgrounds come together and make that journey.”

City Spotlight program courtesy of Citi Performing Arts Center.Citi Performing Arts Center is not only prominent for the quality of entertainment and events, but also for bringing the arts to schools and communities all around Boston. Empowering young adults to become creative leaders in their communities is the City Spotlights Leadership program; this seven-week employment program ends in a culmination of dancing, acting, singing and spoken word performances to showcase all they have learned. Another popular program is Target Arts, a partnership with local schools and organizations to make performances at the Wang and Shubert Theatres more accessible to students. “Providing an average of 3,000 free tickets to more than 150 community organizations and schools in the Greater Boston area each year through the SpectrumBoston Ticket Access Program,” says Corey Evans, Senior Director of Education at the Center, “Our mission is to be a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community.”

-By Ettractions Digital Content Editor, SARAH LEITH

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