Community Connection Continues

April 21, 2020

Though most public programming is still canceled, at least until May 4, there are still ways to feel connected to (and contribute) to your local community through the power of arts. Below are just a few examples of how ArtWeek hosts and partners are continuing to ignite creative sparks in their community, as well as inspire the public to act. Whether celebrating Earth Day or adding smiles to windows, anyone take part.      

MORE COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Back on April 7 we highlighted how communities have been finding alternative means to connect through art – and weeks later that hasn’t slowed down!  Inspired by the local Harvey Ball mural, Share a Worcester Smile asks people to send an electronic smile, as well as visually contribute via sidewalk chalk, posting smiley faces in windows, photos on social media, and more. The nationwide #FrontStepsProject is strong in the Commonwealth since it was launched in Needham – professional photographers are offering mini-photo sessions on your front steps (from a 6ft distance), and instead of payment they ask you to contribute to a local cause. Framingham photographer All Things Sparkley is still offering such slots; look for other opportunities in your own town. Itching to prematurely celebrate May’s Poetry Month? The Emily Dickinson Museum is accepting submissions for the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival now until May 4. This Friday and Saturday (April 24-25), join the virtual Arts Equity Summit hosted by Arts Connect International and HowlRound Theatre Commons.

EARTH DAY

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and plenty of ArtWeek event hosts are part of the celebration.  Kick it off on Wednesday, April 22 by contributing to The Mariposa Project:  una celebración de la migración / a celebration of migration, coordinated by Miranda’s Hearth. “Inspired by Favianna Rodriguez’s ‘Migration is Beautiful’ project in 2012, The Mariposa Project celebrates the natural and beautiful process of migration as embodied by the annual 3,000 mile migration of the monarch butterfly.” The public is encouraged to make their own mariposa (preferably out of recycled materials) or color your own with their supplied template. On Saturday, April 24 join the conversation with bee-enthusiasts and gardeners during one of ArtSpace Maynard’s weekly online talks called “Beekeeping and the Maynard Honeybee Meadow Project” (more information coming soon – following them on Facebook for upcoming details). Since 2013, Rising Waters, a global art and education project that empowers people to act on climate change created by Susan Israel of Climate Creatives, is continuing their efforts with a digital installation. Anyone can be a part of the digital Rising Waters installation by taking photographs of your own local installation or uploading a selfie. Lastly, be part of the Springfield Museums 30th Earth Day Festival, a virtual event, on April 22 as we all strive to become better environmental stewards.

Rising Waters (Provincetown, 2015)
Studios Without Walls (2020), work by Elizabeth Helfer "Blinka II"

[UPDATE: Studios Without Walls is unfortunately NOT currently installed. Visit their website for updates.]  Those local to Brookline can visit the 21st annual Studios Without Walls, the outdoor sculpture exhibit. When installed, this free outdoor museum will feature self-guided tours, art treasure hunts, and more.

Have you seen other incredible acts by neighbors, local organizations, or others in your community? Please share them with us on social media @ArtWeekMA or email us at artweek@bochcenter.org. We’d love to help shine a spotlight on these creative efforts!

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