ArtWeek kicks off tomorrow in Franklin County

  • Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix will lead a sing, hum, clap and stomp-along music experience on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Montague Center Public Library. Contributed photo

  • Linda Keech of Gill created “Art Gourds,” which will be on display at Hawks & Reeds Performing Arts Center’s Pushkin Gallery during ArtWeek. Contributed photo

  • Carl Erikson of Amherst created fabric art, which will be on display at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center’s Pushkin Gallery during ArtWeek. Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Art and culture will take center stage in Franklin County this week, thanks to the growing popularity of ArtWeek Boston, an annual creative arts festival with more than 500 events planned across the state.

Multiple Franklin County towns including Greenfield, Turners Falls, Deerfield, Montague and Hawley are among the areas taking part in ArtWeek from Friday, April 27, to Sunday, May 6.

Events include culinary writing, artist demonstrations and activist art project planning, to name a few.

Locally, ArtWeek will kick off Thursday, April 26 at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center with a 5 to 7 p.m. presentation by the Boch Center’s Chief Strategist Sue Dahling Sullivan. ArtWeek is a collaboration between the Boston-based Boch Center and the Newton-based Highland Street Foundationt.

Sullivan will speak about ArtWeek’s statewide expansion and discuss local projects. After, a few local artists will speak about their participation in the festival. Food will be provided by Greenfield’s new Indian/Nepalese restaurant, Namaste.

“When we joined forces with Highland Street Foundation in 2013, I had no idea there would be such enthusiastic support and demand for redefining cultural experiences and allowing people to take creativity into their own hands,” said Boch Center President and CEO Josiah Spaulding in a press release.

ArtWeek began in Boston in 2013 and has since spread throughout the state as a hugely successful artistic, hands-on cultural event. This year, the 10-day festival includes events in 155 neighborhoods and towns across the state. This year’s ArtWeek is more than double the size of the 2017 festival, and more than 70 percent of events are free.

The festival features events and experiences that allow participants of all ages to interact with art and obtain behind-the-scenes access to arts and culture.

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