There’s a lot to celebrate during the week. Make sure to hit these events in honor of the holidays observed on each of these days.
Earth Day, April 22
Though technically belated, these events, held in the name of environmentalism, would be relevant at any time of year. Each expresses a common theme in a different way. The EarthWeek Poetry Challenge runs in conjunction with the Earth Day Parade & Festival in Concord and gives you a chance to add to a public poetry exhibition. There’s the celebration at Maynard, where you can build and launch floating sculptures made from natural materials. At Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, two artists will be conducting demos inspired by natural subjects. Then there’s The Doubtful Sprout, a children’s puppet show with ecological themes.
Arbor Day, April 26
Arbor Day comes just in time to kick ArtWeek off- get in the spirit with this Great Barrington festival. Come by to see the variety of natural life downtown. Pick up a seedling and learn how to plant and encourage growth in trees in your own backyard.
Pinhole Photo Day, April 28
A more obscure day gets a little exposure over ArtWeek’s first weekend. Pinhole photography is practically ancient but far from extinct. In Hyde Park on Saturday and Milton on Sunday, you’ll have the chance to build a rudimentary camera and develop an image you’ll take with your creation. Take photography to the next level and keep an old art form alive.
May Day, May 1
For many, May Day evokes images of spring: buds in bloom, bright days, and maypoles. If you’re seeking that energy, make your way to these events. The Solutions Program of Franklin Public Schools is holding an evening of colorful crafting for families. Make silk flowers and arrange baskets, which make for excellent gifts. Later in the week, enjoy a musical afternoon hosted by Dawna Hammers. She’ll be teaching participants songs and dances to call in the season.
Star Wars Day, May 4
May the Fourth be with you! Fans of the franchise have options this year. Jones Library in Amherst, the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, and Springfield Museum are all saluting the films with crafts, screenings, games, and more. Pay homage to your favorite characters and meet other fans.
Cinco de Mayo, May 5
Finally, join the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in celebrating Mexican folk art. Drop in to create a piece based on Huichol Yarn Paintings, and bring along the kids for a flower-based project of their own. This day in Mexican history is perfect to appreciate Mexican arts a bit more!
Written by Mateo Caballero. Read more blog posts here.