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The Boston metro region is a place saturated with art of all kinds, and in 2013 we saw the arts community become a force that expresses itself, unifies the local art world and repeatedly launches local talent onto a national stage. Here are just a few of many noteworthy moments to recognize as 2013 comes to an end:

Boston Arts on a national stage: Boston Ballet's summer world tour receives raves; The A.R.T. sends

Pippin and The Glass Menagerie to Broadway; Both the A.R.T. and the Huntington receive Tony Honors; Worcester Art Museum scores a prized work of art (Veronese's Venus Disarming Cupid); Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Boston Children's Chorus recognized at the White House.

The Arts community finds a voice: The art world in Boston rallied together for Create the Vote in the Boston Mayoral Race; Museums statewide forge an unprecedented collaboration for the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture exhibition; Boston arts organizations launch ArtWeek.

The push for Public Art: The Boston Sculptors Gallery organized a major sculpture exhibition (Convergence) on the Christian Science Plaza; Ted Cutler launches a largely free summer arts festival (Outside the Box); the new 'restrained' Dewey Square Mural with the boy in pajamas (The Giant of Boston) by Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos prompts intense dialogue,  Matthew Ritchie's Remanence: Salt and Light (Part II) isn't incendiary enough.

Original writing in film: This year has seen a flurry of fantastic fiction films that are also inventive,  including Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Nebraska, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks and August: Osage County.

Add a comment below about what other noteworthy Art event in our region you believe should get a mention.