Early Bird Special: History & Culture

January 31, 2020

These events will highlight the best of history and culture, from the deep roots right here in Massachusetts to the farthest reaching corners of the world. Attempt to answer the age-old question- ‘Does life imitate art or does art imitate life?’ at these exciting ArtWeek events.

A big thank you to these event hosts who submitted their event applications by the Early Bird deadline.

Ancient Egyptian Garb and “Food Pyramid” at the Hitchcock Free Academy- Enjoy food, fun, and community service rolled into one as we build a 3D food pyramid large enough for kids to play in before the food is donated to a local food pantry – Brimfield

Celebrating International Tai Chi Day at Spire Center for the Performing Arts- Practice this ancient Chinese martial and performance art with experts from Asian Crane Tai Chi. With their synthesis of slow breathing and unconventional yet graceful motions, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are beautiful to see and fun to do! – Plymouth

Chinese Calligraphy at Northeastern Crossing- A free calligraphy class where you will learn and practice how to write traditional and contemporary Chinese characters with a brush and ink – Boston

Fancying Fans: A Look at Fans Through History at the Alden House Historic Site- Explore the history, art, and etiquette of the fan in an exhibit at Alden House Historic Site from a private collection and a demonstration of fan etiquette by an 18th century reenactor – Duxbury

From the Vault: A Special Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Yiddish Book Center- Bibliographer and Editorial Director David Mazower leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the Yiddish Book Center’s book vault, including the oldest book, the smallest book, rare illustrated works, satirical cartoons, the Center’s Yiddish typewriter collection, and more – Amherst

From The Vault at the Yiddish Book Center

Furoshiki Fun at Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston- Join Nefertiti Freytes from Etnia Fusion as you discover Furoshiki, the ancient Japanese art of gift-wrapping and accessorizing, using versatile and eco-friendly textiles in a hands-on workshop – Cambridge

Global Arts, Eats & Beats: India Edition at the Cambridge Innovation Center- A celebration of creativity and culture from around the world from ancient to modern times, featuring the creative roots and culture of India. Join for a night of henna design applications, chai making, and traditional live music along with an authentic dance workshop/performance – Cambridge

Hidden Treasures from the Fine Art Collection of the New England Historic Genealogical Society at American Ancestors Research Center- Join Curator of Special Collections Curt DiCamillo to learn about the history of and highlights from this “hidden-gem” collection telling the story of the United States – Boston

History Happy Hour at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum- Join the team at RJD for a brief talk on a historical topic, along with tasty bites and beer or wine from local breweries and vineyards – New Bedford

Introduction to Ikebana at Sargent Memorial Library- Each participant will learn to work with fresh and dry materials along with different tools and mechanics to gracefully design alluring floral arrangements of all sizes in this workshop led by Etnia Fusion artist Nefertiti Freytes – Boxborough

Introduction to the Hawaiian Art of Lei Making at Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston- Celebrate Spring and honor nature with the beautiful Hawaiian custom of lei making. Etnia Fusion artist Nefertiti Freytes will teach you not only how to make a lei suitable to adorn your hair, wrist, or ankle, but also the rich spiritual Hawaiian history and lore behind it – Cambridge

Karate Demonstration and Practical Self Defense Workshop at Seven Stars Academy of Martial Arts- A demonstration of martial arts movement followed by a hands-on workshop that will include self-defense with a special twist – you will learn to use everyday items to defend yourself! – Falmouth 

Suffrage Sing Along with the Plymouth Antiquarian Society at the Plymouth Public Library

MAC Theater: Tea with Elizabeth Taber at Marion Art Center- Come hear historical tales over tea with Elizabeth Sprague Pitcher Taber, the Fairy Godmother of Marion! – Marion

Salem Ancestry Days at Destination Salem- Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem in a weekend full of lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem – Salem

Suffrage Sing-Along at the Plymouth Public Library- Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by learning the songs of the women’s suffrage movement, led by Dr. Anne Mason who will place the songs in their original historical context – Plymouth

Tai Chi Demonstration & QiGong moving meditation at Seven Stars Academy of Martial Arts- A demonstration of martial arts movement followed by a hands-on workshop that will give you the chance to participate in QiGong moving meditation – Falmouth

Women’s Suffragette Exhibit Artist Panel Discussion at the Falmouth Art Center- Three Cape Cod artists, Jackie Reeves, Abby Fay and Mary Moquin, will participate in a panel discussion and show work inspired by the anniversary of the suffrage movement – Falmouth 

Be sure to check back for more information on these events and more when our calendar goes live on April 1st!

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