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The Barnstable Performing Arts Center will host an open rehearsal for the Cape Symphony, and it is free. This behind-the-scenes look at how conductor Jung Ho-Pak coaxes and encourages the talented musicians to create exquisite collaborations of sound and subtlety will be a memorable event for any music lover. In addition attendees will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to a 2020 performance of their choice.

Heritage Museums & Gardens will explore the art of scrimshaw in an event titled “Carved in Bone.”  Attendees will get a glimpse of the museum’s permanent collection that is not on exhibit and learn about the dramatic history of scrimshaw and whaling.

On Cinco de Mayo, right in the middle of ArtWeek, Cape Sands Ballroom and the Dennis Senior Center will provide Latin-themed line dancing for dancers of all levels. Tacos, margarita mocktails and a Mexican dessert will round out the evening.

Martha’s Vineyard has a robust schedule and in keeping with the magical and unexpected nature of the island, some of their events are simply out of this world. Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center (a facility that leverages the healing power of working with horses) will be showcasing the Amity Island Horse Archers (yes, archers on horseback) who via flinging and zinging arrows will be applying paint to canvases. In addition, resident Tony the Pony will be showing off his artistic skills as he wields paintbrushes in his teeth to create one-of-a-kind (obviously) masterpieces.

Plymouth has an especially exciting year planned for their ArtWeek celebration. Since 2020 is full of commemorative events for the seaside town, the folks in Plymouth are planning a robust schedule that is intended to complement the 400th acknowledgment of the Mayflower Compact and the landing of the Pilgrims. Everything from an open rehearsal for youth-based  Break A Leg Theater, to deerskin doll making at Plimoth Plantation, to designing your own book cover at The Pinehills, makes for a week of celebrating and appreciating our rich artistic culture. Throwing the net past the town of Plymouth to Plymouth County, events are popping up in Marion, Wareham, Scituate and Rockland to name just a few communities.

ArtWeek is now a statewide celebration and whether you travel to the Berkshires or stroll into the closest Cape Cod village, the first week in May is sure to inspire your creative side.

For more information, visit ArtWeek online at artweekma.org



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