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Friday, July 1, 2011

ArtBeat: July 15 & 16 2011

During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole more. Each year we develop a theme that serves as a launching point for artists and the community to express themselves.

Red is a color you can’t ignore. The hue is many things: hot, passionate and life sustaining—and we think, an apt theme for a hot summer festival. We encourage artists to explore red in various ways, both literally and figuratively. Visual artists might explore the many shades of red—from crimson to cardinal—or how red signifies blood, which can convey birth, life, but death as well. Dancers might explore themes of love and longing. Other artists might explore the fiery side of red in the form of lava or warming campfires. Red is also the color of debt, communism, power ties and tomato sauce. We could go on and on—but we look forward to your creative interpretations of this year’s theme!

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