#ArtWeekAtHome – Day 5: Literary Arts

May 5, 2020

For each day of #ArtWeekAtHome, we are focusing on one popular genre of arts/culture as a Daily Challenge. Day 5 is focused on the literary arts and ekphrastic inspiration. We also include special shout-outs about #GivingTuesdayNow and National Travel Week as cultural tourism is a driving force in Massachusetts (and we can’t wait to get back out on the open road).  Join us today for the Daily Challenge and be sure to check out other fun “at-home events” hosted by the ArtWeek community that celebrate creativity!


Today’s challenge is “Write a Haiku.” What is a haiku?  A short form of Japanese poetry, a haiku poem is only 3 lines long but each line has to have the right number of syllables. Give the first line 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables (5/7/5). If you are looking for social distance inspired haiku, this NPR/Life Kits program is for you – click here. Maybe this original haiku can light some creative sparks: “ArtWeek At Home Is / Inspiring Everyone To / Explore Creative Fun”.  (Online syllable-counting sites make composing extra easy!) When you are finished, cross out another square on ArtWeekAtHome BINGO and share your literary genius by tagging us @ArtWeekMA and #ArtWeekAtHome #ArtWeekDay5!

Planned 2020 event: Traveling Poetry Emporium (MassPoetry
Planned 2020 event: Discovering Cape Cod & the Islands Through Poetry (Calliope Poetry, multiple towns)
Planned 2020 event: Haiku & H2O Workshop (Blue Insitute, Harwich)
Planned 2020 event: Local Author Read-a-thon (Plymouth Public Library)


ArtWeek has had a strong tradition of featuring ekphrastic showcases (read this ArtWeek 2019 blog for a more detailed explanation at ekphrasis) where poets and artists collaborate.  So in addition to literary linked ideas, we’ve included some visual events for further inspiration! 

Field Report: Boston Athenæum Fellow Eli Portman:  Click here to pre-register for this May 6 event at Noon with Eli Portman who explores the environments within the Athenæum’s floors and walls. Using previous references of Athenæum history and its younger days as inspiration, he wanted to make something new and create his own entries in the timeline.

Facebook Live Open Studio Tour: On May 10 at 11 am, take a virtual studio tour with renown multidisciplinary artist, Gabrielle Senza – where you’ll see works from various periods of her life, find out what inspires her, have an opportunity to ask questions, and get a sneak peek at the work on invisibility she’s preparing for an international art symposium in August.              

Guess Who? Exhibit Tour at the Till Wave Gallery:  Guess Who? is an exhibit featuring portraits of all interpretations in many different mediums. The collection features the work of 28 artists. The virtual tour will include descriptions of the art & medium along with the artist statement/bio. Watch the ArtWeek FaceBook calendar listings for more information.

The Virtual MAC (Marion Art Center): The Virtual MAC is a new endeavor through the Marion Art Center. It features daily posts on our website, Facebook and Instagram. Posts include works of art, interviews with artists, poems, inspirational photos, and links to other organizations or community partners. Additionally, the MAC has installed a community message board at its property where people can leave positive notes, artwork, or words of encouragement for others. Learn more here

BLUES Gallery Tour at the Cotuit Center for the Arts:      The staff muses on their favorite pieces from an exhibit that was hung the day before we were forced to close our doors temporarily. Join them here to explore the gallery together!           

Creative Covid-19 Challenge at the Plymouth Center for the Arts: This weekly challenge invites people of all ages to send in art work of any kind that were done during and/or about the quarantine inside or out on a walk. Post a picture on email and they will post it on social media like Facebook and others. Awards for kids and adults given every 5 days. For more details, check out www.artsplymouth.org

Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Cape Cod Art Center: Each week, a list of 5 categories are posted and people have one week to take the pictures and submit for an online competition.  Check out more details here.                                                                         

Pucker Gallery Instagram Quiz: For this year’s virtual ArtWeek, Pucker Gallery will be sharing a full-fledged quiz about our gallery’s history, artists, and collections. Participate in the quiz by viewing Pucker Gallery’s Instagram story, and test your knowledge about our history and art! Instagram handle: @puckergallery

Picture Perfect: 400 Years of Eastham: The Eastham Painters Guild hosts an exhibition of original paintings that commemorate the history of Eastham and the first encounter between the Native American Natives and Pilgrims over 400 years ago.  Check out the exhibition here


Planned 2020 event: Altered Book Workshop (North Adams Public Library)


Did you know that May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19?  Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world and usually it is held after Thanksgiving. Even during these times, we can still show social connection and come together on behalf of our communities even while practicing physical distancing. Here are a few ideas on how to show support for nonprofits during this time:

  • Give to the organizations that you love most – no amount is too little and nonprofits need our support.
  • Support healthcare and front line workers by donating supplies, advocating for them, and staying home.
  • Help out small businesses and nonprofits by buying gift cards, memberships, tickets, or writing an online review.



ArtWeek works closely with colleagues at the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (www.massvacation.com) as well as many of the regional tourism councils and cultural districts across the state to promote the value of cultural tourism.  Please join in supporting them during National Travel Week (May 3-9) to celebrate the value travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal well-being. Now more than ever, the creative economy sector must come together, support each other and remind our country that even through the most difficult times, the Spirit of Travel and the Spirit of Massachusetts cannot be broken.


For even more fun, today and throughout #ArtWeekAtHome, check out our Facebook Events page. You’re sure to find something that suits your interests!                         



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