Thank You For Celebrating Our Third Annual Event on May 20,2017
Third Annual Foxborough Street Painting Festival at Patriot Place
We are thrilled that over 96 artists from 17 different towns came out to participate in the 3rd Annual Foxborough Street Painting Festival. Every year, we are blown away by the quality of artwork and this year's 48 painted squares were no exception. The artists' interpretations of the 2017 theme, "Through the Window," were shining examples of the power art has to tell stories, cross borders, and bring us to new places. Highlights from Saturday's event also included free caricature portraits and live performances by a balloon artist, entertainment by Mix 104.1, goal kicks at the New England Revolution Fan Zone, and a Paint Out at The Artist's Studio and Gallery.
Having started as the dream of creating a Community Art Celebration here in Foxborough, it's amazing to be in our third year of the Foxborough Street Painting Festival. We love seeing the artists that return each year and all the artists from our neighboring towns that come out to join us. We love seeing the patrons of Patriot Place stopping to talk with the artists and admire their artwork. We love seeing artists working next to one another, making new friends, and offering each other advice. We love seeing the amount of family teams we have each year, seeing fathers and daughters and grandparents and grandchildren drawing together. None of this would be possible without our incredible sponsors and volunteers each year -
Patriot Place for hosting The Foxborough Street Painting Festival each year
Lucia Ferro and Diana Griffin For your guidance and support in planning the event each year
Dr. Victor Leung and Foxboro Dental Associates For sponsoring the awards ceremony each year
Ronbing (Icy) Shen and Matthew Lucas For your countless hours spent answering emails, ordering supplies, mailing applications, prepping the storefront, theme suggestion, square marking, and for leading our 2017 team
5 Wits For your generous donation of VIP passes for our winners
Sasha Greenhalgh Photography For capturing the artists in action each year
Bob Hickey and Foxboro Cable Access For helping to promote our event
To our 2017 Judges -
Dr. Victor Leung and Linda (Foxboro Dental Associates), Anne Celeste Anders (VP Corporate Events, Fun Enterprises), Michelle Muise (Art Director for The Kraft Group), and Frank Quinn (Foxborough Art Association)
To our Volunteers -
Foxborough Art Department Teachers Steven Doherty, Kristen Gerardi, Sheri Polseno, Shawn Trice and all their family members who came to cheer us on
Foxborough High School students and The AP Team
My parents, Steve and Anne Dionne, and husband, Eric Arcacha, who are my backbone always
About the Foxborough Street Painting Festival
The Foxborough Art Department is committed to providing students with an exceptional visual arts education by encouraging the development of skills both in and out of the classroom. It is our common belief that the community should be integrated into the academic curriculum. By providing structured time for students to work on community service projects and designating the month of May for school based art shows, artistic work is being connected to social context.
It is this constant evaluation of the artist's role in the community that brought three art teachers with their students to a street painting festival in the fall of 2013. The twelve students (spanning grades 9-12) caravanned to the festival, wearing tie-died shirts made after school during an Arts and Culture Club meeting. Surrounded by students from other districts and professional artists from all over New England, the students joined forces tackling two 8'x8' cement squares. The Saturday afternoon spent covered in pastel chalk and watching our students truly coming together as a team to collaborate on a piece of art is something we teachers will never forget. They were engaged in something they loved and simultaneously interacting and learning from each other. Patrons and parents would stop by and compliment their progress, taking the concepts we had learned from classroom critiques to a whole new level. Students would take breaks to check out the work of other artists and come back excited about the artwork they were seeing. Even though we didn't place when the day came to an end, students were in agreement that returning next fall was a must.
It was this one event that sparked the proposal for the first annual Foxborough Street Painting Festival held May 2nd, 2015. It was our hope that the event would bring together Foxborough and neighboring artists of all ages in one space, that it will be a true celebration of creativity and imagination. The incredible turn out of so many wonderful artists and the overwhelming support from the community for that first event surpassed all our expectations. We were so excited by the success of the wonderful event that we knew a new annual tradition in Foxborough was born.