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July 1, 2015

4th Annual Boston Summer Arts Weekend Features The Summer Arts Walk and Talk Series

Presented by Citizens Bank, Celebration Kicks off July 21, 2015 

Boston, MA (July 1, 2015) – In celebration of the great art created here in Massachusetts,  the 4th annual Boston Globe WGBH Boston Summer Arts Weekend presented by Citizens Bank will officially kick-off on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 with the  Summer Arts Walk & Talk series.  This year’s series features an art walk of galleries in Boston’s historic Back Bay and an inside look at the changing face of the city’s public art.

On Tuesday, July 21, The Boston Globe will host GlobeTalks: A Look into Boston’s Public Art Scene at WeWork, located at 745 Atlantic Ave. in Boston.  Moderated by Sebastian Smee, art critic for The Boston Globe, the event will discuss Boston’s public art scene and a shift away from historic places and bronze sculptures to new forms of expression.  The panel will feature Lucas Cowan, public art curator at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Jeff Grantz, founder of the Illuminus light festival and Brookline-based artist Janet Echelman, who has displayed her monumental fiber-net works of art around the world before recently being commissioned by the Greenway Conservancy to install a sculpture in the skies over Fort Point Channel Park.  For more information and to RSVP for this free event, visit www.bostonsummerarts.com

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, join WGBH for the 3rd annual Summer Arts Walk in the Back Bay.  From 5 pm – 8 p, enjoy complimentary refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, live music and art demonstration as you visit more than a dozen local galleries, including Axelle Fine Arts, The Back Bay Framery, Childs Gallery, Circle Furniture, Copley Society of Art, Galerie d'Orsay, International Poster Gallery, Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, L'Attitude Art & Sculpture Gallery, Martha Richardson Fine Art, Marimekko, Quidley & Company, Robert Klein Gallery and the Society of Arts & Crafts. Each gallery will feature a generously donated piece of art by local artists and Arts Walk attendees will have a chance to purchase select donated pieces to support WGBH and its commitment to arts programming.

The Boston Summer Arts Weekend takes place July 25-26, 2015 on Copley Square.  From New Orleans jazz to blues, family acts and Americana, there is something for everyone at this year’s event. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, winners of the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album of the Year in 2014 for Old Yellow Moon, will headline the festival on Saturday.  They’ll be joined on the lineup by New Orleans’ own Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award winner Bettye LaVette and Boston’s own Federator N°1.  Blue Man Group will hold the final round of the 2nd annual Boston Drum-off on Saturday and the Merrimack Valley Chorus, a finalist from WGBH's original local TV series, Sing That Thing!, also will perform.

The weekend will kick off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with performances for the entire family. Karen K & the Jitterbugs, will open the festival, followed by the Ringmaster Clown Remarkable Renaldo and Grammy nominee Zak Morgan and the Funny Farmers.  

On Sunday, The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate their Bicentennial as part of Boston Summer Arts Weekend.  They’ll perform Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”) in the heart of Copley Square, sponsored by The Boston Foundation.  Following their performance, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster will take the stage, followed by a headline performance from Grammy award-winning R&B artist Aaron Neville.

For more information about the Summer Arts Walk & Talk series, visit www.bostonsummerarts.com or follow Boston Summer Arts weekend on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BostonSummerArts and @BSAW_Tweets on Twitter. 

Boston Summer Arts Weekend is presented by Citizens Bank and sponsored by Arthur Murray Dance Centers, Blue Man Group, Broadway in Boston, Legoland Discovery Center Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be tailored for both small and large organizations.  For more information about becoming a sponsor of Boston Summer Arts Weekend, contact Ted Petersen at Ted.Petersen@globe.com.   For more information, visit www.BostonSummerArts.com.

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About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including primetime, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio, a leader in educational multimedia, and a pioneer in accessible technology. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston's Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. More information at www.wgbh.org.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $136.5 billion in assets as of March 31, 2015. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.




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