Eventworks was founded in 1977 by MassArt Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) student Joel Rubin. The organization's currents goals include organizing events involving various traditional and cutting edge genre of art. The first Eventworks festival featured such performers as U.S. Steel Cello, American Soundgroup, and The Boston Electronic Music Esemble. "A surprising number of Bostonians are hard at work composing music in ways both traditional and contemporary," Rubin wrote in the festival program. Since 1977 Eventworks has grown beyond just music, featuring new works including performance, film, video, and installation. For the past twenty-five years, Eventworks has been produced each year by a new group of SIM students. This student-run organization is unique among other groups at MassArt in that it provides shows and events for the MassArt community and general public, while also functioning as an important educational resource for MassArt students. Eventworks festivals are an important part of the Boston art scene.
P-Form, a performance magazine, mentioned Eventworks in its Summer 1998 issue in an article on performance art in Boston. "Students in the Studio of Interrelated media program and organize the annual multimedia Eventworks, a sizable festival drawing together nationally and internationally known artists- without excluding students." Articles have been written in past years in newspapers such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and The New York Times. We have a mailing list of well over 1,000 people who are interested in the festival. Performers who have been a part of recent festivals include Thurston Moore, DJ Spooky, Jim Carroll, Kid 606, Dashboard Confessional, Lightning Bolt, Neptune and many others.