Looking Back: ArtWeek Visits the Cape!

ArtWeek co-hosted a workshop/panel at Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA

Last week, we had the privilege of co-hosting another variation of our “Art of Cultural Tourism” panel and workshop, this time down in Cape Cod. This workshop was offered through a unique partnership with ArtSpring, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, ArtWeek Boston, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Over 70 participants joined us for networking and an informative panel discussion.

The team was a bit hesitant to host an event in the middle of January, but the New England sun shined that day! It was a gorgeous day at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, a two-floor facility that extraordinarily rotates their gallery exhibition space every few months. So on our next visitit will surely look completely different with works from local and not-so-local artists. For anyone visiting the area, the museum shares a parking lot with Encore Bistro & Bar (more on that later), the Cape Cinema, and the Cape Cod Center for the Arts — you could fill your entire day with arts activities in less than ten steps!

Breakfast and Conversation are served!

After a lovely light breakfast and casual networking period in the main floor gallery space, guests were escorted downstairs to the 100-seat screening room for the panel presentations — and there was nary a seat to be found. The group was warmly welcomed by ArtSpring organizers Deedee Tonelli, Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and David Kuehn, Executive Director of the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Representing ArtWeek, Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief Strategic Officer of the Boch Center introduced Lisa Simmons of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, our moderator for the morning.

Our panelists and moderator from left to right: Suzan Redgate, Joe Donlavey, Lisa Simmons, Donna Lee Robertson, and Susan Israel

Each panel speaker gave their own insights into how to make the most of collaboration, free and/or low-fee advertising, and event hosting tips to allure the cultural tourist. The event would not have been such a success without our illustrious panel: Joe Donlavey, Director of Sales and Corporate, Development, Boch Center, Susan Israel, President and Founder, Climate Creatives, Suzan Redgate, Executive Director, Copley Society of Art, Donna Lee Robertson, Marketing Manager, and Restoration Resources.

The day would not be complete without a delicious lunch, and we had quite the treat at Encore Bistro & Bar (check out these fish tacos)! Right across the street from the museum, the quaint sea-shack offered top quality dishes that everyone enjoyed.

Food is always a roadtrip highlight! Fresh fish tacos from Encore Bistro & Bar

If you’d like to learn about the upcoming spring festivals, please visit www.artweekboston.org and http://www.artspringcapecod.org/. It isn’t too late to get involved!

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