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Monday, August 29, 2022

60 performing Arts organizations will convene on Greenway for Arts Expo

 

WITH HOPE FOR A ROBUST RETURN TO THE ARTS THIS FALL, GREATER BOSTON ARTS EXPO OFFERS THE CITY’S LARGEST-EVER LIVE SEASON PREVIEW SEPTEMBER 19

BOSTON – August 29, 2022 – Nearly 60 performing arts organizations from across the region will convene on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (Atlantic Avenue between Milk Street and High Street) next month for the Greater Boston Arts Expo (GBAX, BostonArtsExpo.com), an audience-focused celebration of the 2022-’23 performing arts season that comprises the city’s largest-ever live season preview. GBAX will feature a variety of free public performances, ticket and season discount offers, and a chance to meet artists and the people behind shows and events coming up this year. 


The Greater Boston Arts Expo takes place September 19 from 4-8 pm and is produced by arts service organizations ArtsBoston and StageSource, with support from the City of Boston, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lexus Broadway in Boston, and the Cultural Equity Incubator. The Boston Globe is lead media sponsor for the event.


The paths and sidewalks of the Greenway between Rings Fountain and Rowes Wharf Plaza will be lined with tents and tables staffed by regional artists and arts leaders. During the family-friendly event local celebrity emcees will welcome performances ranging from dance and rap to opera and Shakespeare, from drag to flamenco and classical music to musical theatre – all on a main stage provided by Boston Dance Alliance and The Wandering Stage. Pop-up performances, family activities including a “selfie station” with props from StageSource’s Props Co-Op, and arts-centered interactive games that encourage arts exploration will happen throughout the event. 

Although free, attendees are encouraged to register for the event for updates and to request special accessibility needs. GBAX will have ASL interpretation, audio description and accessibility assistance.

Trillium Brewing Company’s Garden on the Greenway will open for the evening. Food trucks (including Revelry, the winner of Boston magazine’s 2022 Best Food Truck) will offer meal options to GBAX attendees. Onsite discounts and dozens of hourly opportunities to win free tickets will be available.

Among the organizations that will be part of GBAX (in alphabetical order):

 

Actors’ Shakespeare Project

American Repertory Theater

Arts Connect International

ArtsBoston

ArtsEmerson

Back Bay Ringers

Ballroom in Boston

Beheard.world

Blue Man Group Boston

Boch Center for the Performing Arts

Boston Center for the Arts

Boston Dance Alliance

Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

Broadway In Boston

Cappella Clausura Inc.

Celebrity Series of Boston

Central Square Theater

City Ballet of Boston

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Company One

Coro Allegro

Cultural Equity Incubator

Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres

Emerson Colonial Theatre

Emmanuel Music

Footlight Club

Fresh Ink Theatre Company

Global Arts Live

Greater Boston Stage Company

Guerilla Opera

Handel and Haydn Society

Hub Theatre Company of Boston

The Huntington

Jewish Arts Collaborative

Liars & Believers

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Lurenzone Theatrics

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

Moonbox Productions

Mosesian Center for the Arts

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

New Repertory Theatre

OnStage Dance Company

Puppet Showplace Theater

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston

Regent Theatre

Revels, Inc.

Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble

Sh*tfaced Shakespeare

Slate Casting

SpeakEasy Stage Company

StageSource Props Co-Op

Suffolk University Theatre Department

The Theater Offensive

Titanic Theatre Company

Wheelock Family Theatre


ArtsBoston Executive Director Catherine Peterson (she/her) says GBAX will connect Boston’s revitalized performing and visual arts sector with city residents, visitors and workers itching to get back to performances and events. “We know audience members are eager to come back to the arts; they started dipping their toes back in last season,” Peterson says. “With most arts groups back in full force this fall, and so much to see and do, we want to produce a celebratory event where arts lovers of all kinds can learn about the theater, dance, music, and visual arts coming up. At GBAX, people will be able to plan their arts calendars for the season.”


StageSource Interim Executive Director Jen Lewis (she/her) says she’s excited about the great stories and performances that will be on city stages this year. “GBAX is a rare opportunity for audiences to experience and directly interact with a wide variety of artists and organizations doing incredible creative work around the region,” Lewis says. “Performers on the GBAX stage and organizations bringing resources to the event are a cross-section of what’s happening culturally in Boston. Our emphasis is to help smaller and BIPOC-led organizations become better known among audiences this season. GBAX will be a truly inclusive and diverse event in every way – and a lot of fun!”


"Bringing audiences to the arts in Boston means supporting the shops and restaurants here, which means a real and reliable boost to the downtown economy," says Downtown Boston BID Interim Co-Director Anita Lauricella. "It's in the city's best interest that the arts thrive here and we're proud to support this effort to make that happen."


"The Greater Boston CVB is thrilled to sponsor this inaugural festival,” says Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan. “The arts and cultural tourism sector must fully recover for the visitor economy as a whole to thrive.  Cultural organizations were particularly hard hit by the pandemic and we are excited to participate in events such as the Greater Boston Arts Expo that aim to reengage and reinvigorate arts audiences."

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