Assembly Row’s ‘Art in the Park’ Summer Series Announces a Call for Artists in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, MA – Somerville has long been known for having one of the country’s largest artistic and creative residents per capita – next to only
Manhattan. To celebrate this unique aspect of Somerville, Assembly Row created ASSEMBLED, a handmade arts market, held every Saturday on Grand Union Boulevard throughout the summer of 2013.

In 2014, Assembly Row and the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) will add a new facet to the neighborhood with Art in the Park, a six week series of free art lessons hosted along the Mystic River in the newly opened Baxter Riverfront Park.

The series of lessons will provide an outlet for artists to share their passion and allow the community to gain insight into a form of art they may have always wondered about.

“Through past events like ASSEMBLED, Riverfest, and partnerships within the City like East Somerville and Union Square Main Streets, Assembly Row’s foundation is strongly based within the arts community,” said Andrea Simpson, Director of Marketing for Federal Realty Investment Trust at Assembly Row. “The Somerville Arts Council has been an amazing partner, helping us to connect and identify opportunities to be an outlet and resource to both the arts community and the City of Somerville as a whole.”

The Call for Artists will begin the week of March 31st and those who respond have a chance to lead Assembly Row’s grand opening summer program, Art in the Park. Artists who respond to the call and are chosen to lead a lesson will be provided with a small stipend.

“Assembly Row has become a true partner to the arts community here in Somerville over the last several years,” Gregory Jenkins director of the SAC. “This is a chance to have residents and artists come together to showcase a talent and learn from one another.”

The Art in the Park series will be free to the public and held every Sunday from June 29th through July 27th 2 pm – 3 pm at the Baxter Riverfront Park.

“We’re very excited to bring Art in the Park to the creative community and provide a place for friends and families to learn something new from the people in their own City,” said Andrea Simpson.

Artists and teachers from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Whether it’s a love for painting, photography, sketching, music lessons, henna or beading, Assembly Row and SAC are looking for those who want to share their work and passion with others.

All those interested in leading an Art in the Park class are encouraged to contact Lauren Jaffie for more information at Also, you can learn more details from the Assembly Row’s Facebook page and website.

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