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The Harwich Cultural Center has embraced the event and is expanding upon their popular illumination kick-off from the previous two years’ festivities. For the first year, the exterior of the newly renovated 78,000-square-foot Cultural Center building was illuminated and spelled out ARTWEEK for all to see. Last year’s “Light up the Night” program involved local resident Robert Doane, who created a program that projected interactive piano keys onto the exterior of the building and a coordinated musical program of popular scores, like John Williams’ “Star Wars,” were performed to the crowd’s delight and amazement. This year, executive director Erica Szrpeck says, “The kick-off event will once again involve illumination, but the focus shifts from the Cultural Center to Harwich center. It will be organized by Robert Doane and will include the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra who calls Harwich home. We will really be shining a light on how creative Harwich is!” Other events run the gamut including classic music being performed by Bo Ericsson, the Cape Symphony’s principal cellist, as accompaniment for an interactive painting event with local artist Laura Balboni. 

Cotuit, which has become a hotbed  for the arts thanks to the Cotuit Center for the Arts, is pulling out all the stops as six Cotuit organizations and businesses will be hosting a block party style celebration of the arts. The block party marks the second collaboration between Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, the Chapman Gallery, and Isaiah Thomas Bookstore. The event is free to the public, and attendees can enjoy food, drinks, music, visual art, tours, and literature in  six unique and diverse settings.

The Cultural Center in Yarmouth offers intriguing culinary classes throughout the year; in celebration of ArtWeek, they will be presenting “Basque Country Pintxos,” to celebrate a cultural favorite of the popular region where the art of local cuisine is presented in small bites. Participants will choose a plate for their delicacies from the Cultural Center’s pottery studio and take it home as a remembrance of the evening.

This year, ArtWeek coincides with Brewster’s annual Brewster in Bloom event. What better occasion to have a juried fine arts and crafts show that will also provide artists demonstrations, all en plein aire, among the dancing daffodils.

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