#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 10: History

May 10, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture as a Daily Challenge. Day 10 is focused on history while also celebrating women in honor of Mother’s Day. As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented and historic times, we believe that our final day’s focus is both timely and relevant.  Thank you for joining us this week for the #ArtWeekAtHome Daily Challenge, ArtWeek Bingo, and engaging with hundreds of events and organizations who continue to make our creative communities shine! While #ArtWeekAtHome might be ending, the Boch Center and the ArtWeek team look forward to continuing to put creative communities center stage. Remember to sign-up for our newsletter and follow us on social as we shine the spotlight on the Creative Commonwealth throughout the year!

2020 Planned event: Make it for Mom! (Weston Art and Innovation Center)


Our FINAL challenge is “Celebrate a Mother with Art.” If you are looking for inspiration, start exploring the Mother’s Day collection on Google Arts & Culture that celebrates artists who have explored the complexities of motherhood in their work (here) through their own mothers, self-portraits, or the mother-child relationship through diverse mediums.  Let your imagination run wild as you get creative on this final challenge.  When you are finished, cross out another square on ArtWeekAtHome BINGO and share your artistic tribute by tagging us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay10!


History provides a complex perspective on how modern motherhood has evolved over time.  History – like parents – defines who we are.   So, for inspiration, we invite you to explore some of the events below as we celebrate mothers, contemplate these times, and start creating a new and brighter future. 

Sing for Mama with the Belchertown Cultural Council: Sing for Mama is a Mother’s Day NYC-Style Cabaret Livestream featuring songs by, for, and about moms.  Get in the mood on Saturday, May 9, at 1:00 pm by joining in on the fun here.

A Spanish Mother’s Day:  Feliz Dia de la Madre! Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Boston Arts Consort. Listen to a beautiful Spanish lullaby, relax to the warming sounds of a Spanish guitar, enjoy a virtual flamenco dance lesson, and even receive a special recipe from Boston’s Spanish chef De Haro. Click here to kick-off your celebration now!

Boston Women’s Memorial: Presented by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail and a Melodic Vision, watch this “A Story in Images” about the behind-the-scenes story of the   statue that was dedicated on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston’s Back Bay on October 23, 2003.  Click here.

Creative Write-Back Cards with the Nantucket Historical Society:  Join Artist and 1800 House veteran Mary Lacoursiere, NHA Peter M. and Bonnie J. Sacerdote Chair of Education and Community Relations, as she shares tips and tricks in making fun and creative write-back cards with materials readily found at home. Click here.

Tours at the Gibson House Museum: The Gibson House Museum, in Boston’s historic Back Bay, served as residence to three generations of Gibson family members and their household staff between 1859 and 1954. The Museum’s four floors of period rooms, including the original kitchen, are a time capsule of domestic life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Click here for a virtual tour or check out Instagram @gibsonhousemuseum

Keys to Coping with The Key Idea: Keys to Coping is a postcard project for people of all ages. What is your quarantine experience? Share you challenges, disappointments, strategies, or ideas for coping on a postcard. Art can help us connect with each other. Our challenges are so relatable. Keep it real, keep it honest. Make your own (paper or digital) or we can send you project postcards. Participation guidelines are on www.thekeyidea.org or email a request to thekeyidea@gmail.com.  View the cards on-line for now or click here for a one-minute video.

Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area: This national heritage area, and ArtWeek partner, spans multiple towns and communities across Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire with a focus on culture, history, and heritage.  This is extraordinary resource includes over 337 listings on the National Register of Historic Places.  Explore some of these hidden treasures through their new “virtual cultural experiences” link!


Essex National Heritage Area: Another national heritage area, this one hugs North of Boston coastline communities and offers incredible experiences through its Heritage at Home link. A favorite has been their online jigsaw puzzles – click here to see a great collection of puzzles that you can do at home on your computer!


Plimoth Plantation, Plymoth 400, and Plymouth Bay Cultural District:  This is a milestone year for our partners in Plymouth so what better place to celebrate history!  Click here for Plimoth Plantation’s virtual workshops, here for Plymouth 400’s comprehensive educational resources, and here to be inspired by all that the Plymouth Bay Cultural District contributes year-round to this historic community.


For even more fun, today and in the future, check out our Facebook Events page, visit www.artweekma.org, follow us on social media, and/or sign-up for our newsletters.  Discover the creative Commonwealth – we promise you’ll be amazed and inspired!



Planned 2020 event: 400 Years of Eastham exhibition opening with artist Q&A
2020 Planned Event: Draw Your Favorite Graphic Novel Character (Hingham Public Library)
Planned 2020 event: Arts in Bloom Mother's Day Card-Making Workshop (Hopkinton Center for the Arts)
Planned 2020 event: Stearns Tavern Mural Conservation Project Talk (Preservation Worcester)

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