ArtWeek in Montague and the Turners Falls Cultural District

ArtWeek Boston, an annual award-winning festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative hands-on cultural experiences, has expanding statewide. The Town of Montague is enthusiastically participating in ArtWeek, with a full schedule of performances, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations from April 27, 28, 29.

Art & Soul: Rumi Public Reading and Workshop
Montague Common Hall, $10-$50
34 Main Street, Montague Center
Friday: Rumi’s poetry set to music for movement by Su Eaton and Jeff Olmsted from 7-9pm.
Saturday workshop from 9:30am-3:30pm.

Saturday, April 28
Franklin County Spring Parade & 5K
Pre- Registration is $25.
Race day registration begins at 10am/$30
Race begins at 11:30am from Turners Falls High School.
Parade Begins at 1pm from Sheffield School

Saturday, April 28
A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Turners Falls High School, 222 Turnpike Rd.
$20 advance/ $25 at the door, 7-9:30pm
The Gill-Montague Education Fund presents a rare New England appearance by tribute artist Jim Curry at its Annual Gala, a fundraiser for the GMEF, which awards grants for enrichment programs to teachers.

Saturday, April 28
RECEPTION: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen
Great Falls Discovery Ctr., 2 Avenue A, 1:30-3:30pm

Saturday, April 28
Montague Square Dance at the Common Hall
34 Main Street Montague Center, 7-10pm
Local and regional musicians play mostly Southern-style Old-Time stringband music. Callers from both Southern and New England square dance traditions. Come early to learn dances!

April 28-29
Sawmill River Gallery Arts
440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center, 1-5pm
Artists Judy Cummings, Lydia Grey, Louise Minks and Kathy Litchfield are four of the 15 working artists at this cooperative gallery. They will demonstrate their fine craft and share stories.
Saturday: Weaving from 1-3pm with Kathy Litchfield, Painting from 3-5pm with Louise Minks
Sunday: Pottery from 1-3pm with Lydia Grey, Photography from 3-5pm with Judy Cummings

Saturday, April 28
Decoding the Lyrics of Early African American Song
Montague Center Library, 17 Center Street, 1-2pm
Sing Along. Learn how enslaved people secretly communicated with one another through song lyrics, and the early African, Caribbean, and African-American roots of the banjo. Michael Nix and Gloria Mattlock will teach songs in the time honored call and response oral tradition. Lyrics will be explained in the context of the struggle for freedom. Sponsored by RiverCulture. Free!

Sunday, April 29
Your Exquisite Corpse: Interactive Exhibit
Great Falls Discovery Center, 11am-3:30pm
A collaborative and interactive exhibit based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse. Figure paintings of the Head/Shoulders and the Legs/Feet are executed by Nina Rossi and Jeff Wrench.
Short texts and poems will accompany each figure, also created by multiple writers. Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the event, including a chance to have the artists
and writers use them as inspiration.

Sunday, April 29
Activist Art Generator
Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, 10am-5pm
An un-conference designed to bring artists/makers together from all different genres (theater, dance, music, fine art, photography, film etc.) to share ideas, make connections and create an
action planfor activist art. This is not a conference where we leave ideas hanging; we will find partners, solve problems, and pitch projects in the same day. Presented by Eggtooth Productions with support from RiverCulture and the Fostering Art and Culture Project. Free!

Sunday, April 29
John Landino “The Artist Studio”
Downtown Turners Falls, 1-3pm
Painting, Sculpture, Music

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