50 Ways to Explore Your Creative Side: Spring ArtWeek on Cape Cod

Attention all Culture Vultures! Mark your calendar for Spring ArtWeek, April 27–May 6, when people across the state start taking art into their own hands. 

Now celebrated annually each spring, ArtWeek is affordable fun for anyone with a creative sense of adventure. A ten-day award-winning festival featuring unique and unexpected experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process, each ArtWeek event is a one-of-a-kind celebration that you won’t want to miss (especially since over 70% are FREE although some range in price up to $50).  Launched in 2013 with just 25 Boston events, this year ArtWeek has exploded with over 525+ cool events in 155 neighborhoods and towns throughout Massachusetts.  And thanks to local support from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Foundation, as well as the Cape Cod Chamber and countless other partners, visitors and residents have even more reasons to ‘get creative’ and explore ArtWeek on Cape Cod and the Islands.  

Interested in public art, music, film, or family fun? Love to make things, watch artists-in-action, intrigued about the sparks between art and science, want a taste of culinary creativity, or have a theatrical side?  Cape Cod and the Islands have it ALL from Wellfleet to Woods Hole; see the full line-up HERE featuring 50 events in Barnstable Village, Chatham, Cotuit, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Nantucket, Orleans, Osterville, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Woods Hole, and Yarmouth. 

Ready to get creative during ArtWeek? Here’s a countdown of 50 different ways to explore your creative side:

1.  Be inspired when art and science spark a creative dialogue
2.  Get insider tips about art auctions
3.  Try face art using a cheeky canvas
4.  A sailor’s valentine lecture will leave you swooning
5.  Learn from local artists about watercolor painting and collage
6.  Be a portrait model
7.  Discover what an actor’s life off-stage is like
8.  Take a private off-hours tour of a national art exhibit
9.  Explore why chamber music makes this conductor’s heart sing
10.  Experience a Mini-Maker Faire
11.  See behind-the-scenes at a symphony open rehearsal
12.  Get a VIP tour of a local museum gem
13.  Moviegoers get a creative bonus with local artist preview films
14.  Overcome your poetry paralysis at a local library event
15.  Examine encaustic painting techniques with a local artist
16.  A photography walk and talk will transform how you see things
17.  Have fun with a fanciful furniture painting demo
18.  Hear a local artist’s insights before an Andy Goldsworthy film
19.  A special Rock A Cappella concert links students with professionals
20.  Creative seeds will be planted during a Flower Power painting demo
21.  Literary and culinary creative juices flow at this Hemingway-inspired dinner
22.  Get an intimate opportunity to hear from Cape Cod’s major cultural leaders
23.  Make community art at Cape Cod’s Community College
24.  Be inspired by a multimedia experience spotlighting student musicians and poets
25.  Enjoy a jazz primer with a local expert while sipping an inspired cocktail
26.  Learn interior design tips on integrating artwork in your home
27.  Be enlightened by a Lighthouse Moonrise Photo Workshop
28.  Gain perspective with a “The Line Stops Here” artist talk
29.  Watch inspiration unfold with live painting
30.  Meet your inner artist at a creativity center retreat
31.  Help launch the HyArts Discovery Walk
32.  Spend an interactive afternoon exploring music makers as change makers
33.  Be ready to sail at a Nantucket folk concert spotlighting the impact of local women
34.  Get hands-on with art at this creative arts center open house
35.  Celebrate Arbor Day with an Arborist talk and “Out of the Woods” art exhibit
36.  Feel better when you experience how art impacts wellness
37.  See things through a different lens during a photo fun walk
38.  Capture the beauty of Sandy Neck with this exclusive plein air painting day
39.  Be moved with Poetry in Motion
40.  Get your dancin’ shoes on with a free ballroom dance lesson
41.  Preserve your family history through recipes
42.  Talk about “Revolution, Redfined” and boundary-pushing art making
43.  Play super sleuth learning about the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum’s art heist
44.  Tempt your culinary creativity with sugar arts
45.  Support local art with this progressive Taste of Art event
46.  Learn how to turn your creative endeavors  into a business
47.  Unleash your creativity with a special uncensored student edition of UNBOUND
48.  Celebrate the woods during this artful May Day celebration
49.  Make history when you help launch a new Cape Cultural District in Wellfleet
50.  Dance and sing your way through a musical ‘trad stroll

For more details, the Cape Cod calendar of ArtWeek events is available when you click HERE.  If you are curious about off-Cape events both near and far, check out the entire schedule to explore ArtWeek in all six regions!  Remember, ArtWeek is the perfect time to take Art Into Your Own Hands!