Photos by Frank Santangelo
This past Friday and Saturday, ArtBeat 2016 hit the streets of Somerville by storm.
ArtBeat is one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities.
On Friday night there was plenty of music and interactive performances, then on Saturday, ArtBeat shut down Davis Square for the craft vendors, two stages of music, dance in the Somerville Theater, and a host of great interactive peformances that took place throughout the day.
This year’s ArtBeat theme was “roots,” a celebration of all things that have roots, are grounded, that tie people and place together. How do the roots of our families, friends and community define us, project an image of what we value, what we endear?
Do roots inhibit us, tie us together, and limit our growth? The ArtBeat Arts Council invited artists and all community members to explore how roots ground our expression and influence how that expression is publically shared. How do roots inform a work of art or a concept? “Roots” evoke many things: music that expresses a cultural heritage, a dance which pulls from layers of movement, or a visual work of art that suggests ground, dirt and growth.