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Commonwealth Award

January 21, 2015: Massachusetts Cultural Council - Announcing The 2015 Commonwealth Awards: Massachusetts' Highest Honors in Arts, Humanities, & Sciences

Arts Boston for its leadership in helping arts organizations grow their audiences and make deeper connections to their communities through its Audience Initiative and Arts Factor.....(read more)

The Boston Globe

January 11, 2015: The Boston Globe - 20 of Boston’s best new big ideas and fresh faces

The 18,275,779 people who patronize Boston arts and cultural organizations each year would fill Fenway Park 488 times over. That’s just one eye-opening finding in the 2014 Arts Factor report....(read more)

The Boston Globe

October 2, 2014: The Boston Globe - Calderwood Pavilion marks 10 years with party

More than 200 people turned out this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion....(read more)

Mass Nonprofit News August 22, 2014: Mass NonProfit News - Report Tells Impact of Arts on Greater Boston

The Arts Factor 2014 Report, a new research initiative by ArtsBoston, examines the regional arts and cultural nonprofit organizations that infuse nearly $1 billion into the economy of Greater Boston each year....(read more)
July 03, 2014: The Boston Globe - Arts funding gets a boost

Too often, arts is viewed as a luxury, not a regular function of government. But studies have shown that arts education, for example, improves student academic performance across the disciplines. Moreover, the economic impact of the arts can be quantified in real dollars and cents. A recent report by the non-profit ArtsBoston showed that non-profit arts and cultural organizations inject $1 billion into the local economy every year while supporting 26,000 jobs....(read more)
June 25, 2014: The Arts Fuse - ArtsBoston Launches The Arts Factor — A Fact-Based Shot of Courage

Dramatist/poet Bertolt Brecht wrote that he wanted theater to generate the same kind of excitement and debate aroused by such spectator sports as baseball. He didn’t say anything about attendance, but, as you can see from the graphic above, trumpeting one of the eye-opening findings from ArtsBoston’s recent The Arts Factor report (sponsored by Bank of America), the regional nonprofit arts and culture scene draws crowds that dwarf those that attend sports events.(read more)
June 13, 2014: The Boston Globe - ArtsBoston aids nonprofits in art of data mining

ArtsBoston is teaching other US nonprofits the art of data mining.

For decades, art institutions have individually collected basic information about their own subscribers and donors — names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails — as part of their marketing strategy.

But ArtsBoston, a nonprofit that helps organizations with their marketing needs, has taken that concept a step further by convincing 60 of its 150 area members — from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the Danforth Museum in Framingham — to pool their data to get a more comprehensive, crossover look at the region’s arts scene and patrons. (Read more


June 11, 2014: BostInno - Boston's Arts Community is a $1.4 Billion Economy Booster, According to a New Report

When you think 'Boston arts,' the big names come to mind, like a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, or a night at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But the vein of cultural influence runs much deeper than the obvious art institutions in the city. In fact, the 2014 Arts Factor report, culled by ArtsBoston and longtime partner and sponsor Bank of America, found that the arts in Boston is a $1.4 billion sector. (Read more

June 10, 2014: WGBH News - 'The Arts Factor' Reveals Financial Impact of Cultural Community

It’s clear that the arts are a force in this region, but for the first time ever, the full financial picture is coming into focus. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen briefs us on “The Arts Factor,” a report released today by the non-profit ArtsBoston.

June 10, 2014: Dig Boston - What 'Arts Factor' Means for the Young Artist

It would appear to be a good week for the arts in Boston. American Repertory Theater won three Tony Awards at Sunday’s ceremonies. Company One and Boston Center for the Arts hosted the finale to a playwright workshop designed to support and shape the work of female playwrights. Last Wednesday, Boston’s first Public Space Invitational, a crowd-sourced design competition aimed to re-think small public spaces, sidewalks, and Boston City Hall, announced nine lucky winners... (Read More)
June 10, 2014: The Boston Globe - Arts have starring role in the economy

Report details a $1b annual boost for Greater Boston from the arts. Boston’s nonprofit arts scene may aim for civic enrichment, but it’s big business, according to a report from ArtsBoston.

Drawing from data submitted by 356 artistic and cultural institutions, the report found they contribute nearly $1 billion to the Greater Boston economy per year. (Read more)

June 8, 2014: NECN - This Week in Business: Arts and culture in business

Robert Gallery, Bank of America- Massachusetts President and Catherine Peterson, Executive Director of ArtsBoston joined NECN to talk about the business side of this part of our economy. (Watch Video

November 7, 2013: Boston Magazine - Menino Announces Plans For First Night In Boston

The mayor revealed program highlights for this year’s celebration, presented by the city and The Highland Street Foundation. (Read more

November 3, 2013: Boston Mommy Poppins - Mayor's Holiday Special 2013 - Half-Price Tickets and Restaurant Discounts

This time of year, the transition from one holiday to the next happens almost before you know it. Our calendar is growing daily with tons of holiday events for families in the greater Boston area through the end of the year. Whether your family has its annual “must-see” favorite or is considering attending a new show, it’s not too early to start making your plans. (Read more)

November 1, 2013: Boston Magazine - The Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular Returns with Half-Price Tickets to Your Favorite Boston Holiday Shows

Rejoice! For the 10th annual price-slashing campaign is back. Find half-price tickets to the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the BSO’s Holiday Pops, and much more. (Read more

November 1, 2013: BostonCentral - Mayor's Holiday Spectacular

Mayor Menino invites Boston residents and visitors to give their holidays extra sparkle with half price tickets for theatre, dance, and music performances, as well as new restaurant discounts.

October 30, 2013: 'Mayor's Holiday Special,' various Boston-area locations, through Jan. 1

Take advantage of Mayor Menino's 10th annual Holiday Special: half-price off tickets for theatre, dance and musical performances, as well as discounts to area restaurants. Find half-price seats to holiday blockbusters such as Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" and Boston Holiday Pops, as well as fantastic shows presented all over the region, such as "A Christmas Story," "Miracle on 34th Street," and others. (read more

December 27, 2012: The Boston Globe - Holiday Shows Bringing Box Office Joy: Improving economy, discounts, patron outreach spur revival in city

Boston’s performing arts institutions are reporting a box office boom, as thousands of patrons stream into time-honored holiday shows this season.“The Nutcracker” has sold more tickets than in years, and has already earned record revenues as it readies to close Sunday. Holiday Pops and Revels have also set new revenue standards. For Bostonians, these and other annual shows are time-honored holiday traditions. For Boston arts organizations, they have always been something else: productions capable of making or breaking their budgets.  

June 17, 2012: The Boston Globe - Theater audiences are growing older

Next time you’re in a theater in Boston - or down on the Cape, or out in the Berkshires, or on Broadway, or pretty much anywhere, really - take a look around at the audience. Chances are you’ll notice something missing: young people. (Click here for complete article

December 9, 2011: Boston Business Journal - New settings and sales technologies boost arts groups during key season

Despite a tough economy that took its toll on arts organizations locally and nationally, Boston groups are reporting success with new twists on marketing, new venues and some help from City Hall... (for complete article, click here


November 29, 2011: - ArtsBoston Employs a Variety of Tactics to Boost Ticket Sales

Greater competition from “deal-of-the-day” websites has led ArtsBoston, a nonprofit serving more than 170 Greater Boston theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and film member groups, to refine its approach to its annual promotion of holiday performing arts events – resulting in a 30% increase in sales... (read more)

November 17, 2011: Dorchester Reporter - Bargain time for holiday shows; discounted tickets available online.

Discounted admission to José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” at The Strand and “Black Nativity” at Roxbury Community College are just some of thousands of bargains currently available through the Mayor’s Holiday Special (MHS)... (read more)

  November 9, 2011: The Boston Herald - Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

While the mercury hovered around 70, Mayor Tom Menino and a posse of performers from the Boston Ballet, 'Peter Pan', the 'Urban Nutcracker' and the Pops kicked off the holiday season at the Mayor's annual Holiday Special under the tent at City Hall Plaza.

October 31, 2011: Boston Mommy Poppins - Mayor's Holiday Special - Half-Price Tickets and Restaurant Discounts

This time of year, the transition from one holiday to the next happens almost before you know it. Our calendar is growing daily with tons of holiday events for families in the greater Boston area through the end of the year. Whether your family has its annual “must-see” favorite or is considering attending a new show, it’s not too early to start making your plans... (read more)

May 3, 2011: - 16th Annual Hospitality Tradeshow

Monday night marked the 16th annual hospitality tradeshow hosted by the Greater Boston Concierge Association (GBCA). It was probably the most fun we’ve had at a tradeshow in a long time because the historic Boston Park Plaza Castle was filled with over 650 hospitality professionals sampling and getting the inside scoop to over 125 entertainment options... (read more)
April 7, 2011: - BosTix Booth Renovation Complete

Shawmut Design and Construction has announced the completion of the new BosTix booth that is located in historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and operated by ArtsBoston, a non-profit organization that strives to make the arts more accessible and more affordable...(read more)  




April 1, 2011: The Boston Globe - NAMES: That's The Ticket

Mayor Tom Menino and Pops conductor Keith Lockhart joined ArtsBoston executive director Catherine Peterson yesterday at the unveiling of ArtsBoston’s new BosTix Booth...(read more)
March 31, 2011: - New BosTix Booth Opens

The best thing about the BosTix booths in Boston is, of course, the cheap tickets to some of Boston's best concerts, shows and exhibits. The worst thing, perhaps, has been that you had to come flush with cash. No credit cards accepted. Not anymore... (read more)

March 19, 2011: The Boston Globe: G - Champion of the Arts in Boston

Champion of the Arts in Boston: A Q and A with Catherine Peterson, Executive Director of ArtsBoston. Click here to read the interview.

  March 13, 2011: - Set pieces: A company in Norwood creates unconventional scenery made to order

Imagination meets technology at Mystic Scenic Studios, a huge warehouse near the Norwood Center commuter rail that outwardly seems as nondescript as any of its neighbors in the Lenox Street area. But inside is another story, and you never know what you’ll see...(read more)
March 9, 2011: Boston Business Journal - ArtsBoston to expand 'Rewiring the Arts' with grant

ArtsBoston has received the largest grant offered this year by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Program. The $70K grant will be used to expand "Rewiring the Arts," a collaborative progam involving a number of organizations...(read more)
February 17, 2011: Radio Boston - Dance, Act, Sing, or Watch: Your Boston Arts Weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Boston arts scene is alive and well. We’ll speak with Catherine Peterson, the executive director of ArtsBoston, to get this weekend’s top happenings...(read more)

  February 3, 2011: CBS Boston - Best Shows in Boston For Your Valentine

Want to take your Valentine to a show to show your love? Our friends at ArtsBoston shared a few suggestions to set a romantic mood for your special night. You can buy tickets to any of these performances at (read more)

  January 14, 2011: Boston Business Journal - Outside the Box: Catherine Peterson - 'Hooked' on arts

As executive director of ArtsBoston for more than 13 years, Catherine Peterson is in the middle of what she loves — the city’s vibrant arts scene. The mission of ArtsBoston is to promote the arts in Greater Boston by making the arts accessible and affordable for audiences... (read more

  December 2, 2010: USA Today - Top five bargain destinations for winter 2010/11

Boston is usually known for its expensive airfares and high accommodations prices. But this winter, the travel stars are aligned for visitors on a budget, with more affordable flights and hotels... (read more)
November 23, 2010: - Mayor Menino Kicks-Off 2010 Holidays on Main Streets Campaign; Announces Store Window Decorating Contest
  November 11, 2010: - ArtsBoston Spurs Holiday Sales Via Innovative Online Program

ArtsBoston, which represents more than 170 Greater Boston theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and film member groups, is collaborating with the City of Boston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau... (read more)



Press Releases

June 10, 2014: ArtsBoston report finds arts and culture bring $1.4 billion to local economy

March 24, 2014: ArtsBoston Invites Kids and Teens to Get ARTventurous This Spring

November 22, 2013: MEDIA ADVISORY - MBTA Pop-Up Performances Kick-Start Holiday Cheer as part of the 10th Anniversary of Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

November 1, 2013: 10th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular Offers Half-Price Tickets to Over 120 Boston-Area Shows

March 20, 2013: ArtsBoston Invites Kids and Teens to Get ARTventurous

December 5, 2012: 8 out of 10 Prefer Tickets to an Event over “Stuff” for the Holidays

November 1, 2012: 9th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special Offers Half-Price Tickets to Boston-Area Shows

December 5, 2011: Early Discount Holiday Arts Ticket Sales Up 41%, reports ArtsBoston

March 9, 2011: ArtsBoston and Partners Awarded Mass Cultural Council $70,000 Adams Arts Program Grant for 4th Consecutive Year

November 3, 2010: Mayor Tom Menino invites the public to celebrate Boston’s holiday arts season and the launch of the 7th Annual

October 29, 2010: Half-Price Holiday Shows and $10-Off Restaurant Deals start November 1, 2010 with the 7th Annual

April 15, 2010: ArtsBoston helps families plan for School Vacation Week with information about educational workshops and events in Greater Boston

February 1, 2010:  ArtsBoston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau to Offer Dinner and a Show Discounts During Restaurant Week Boston®

January 19, 2010: Top 5 Shows To See With The Family During February School Vacation Week

July 8, 2009: ArtsBoston and Member Groups Offer Free Sampler Subscription to North Shore Music Theatre Subscribers

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