The full calendar of events for ArtWeek, set for April 26 to May 5, has been officially launched online with nearly 600 events in 125 towns and neighborhoods across the state. Nearly 70 percent of the events will be free.
ArtWeek, produced by the Boch Center, is a 10-day festival featuring creative experiences that are hands-on or interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process.
This year’s festival, according to organizers, will feature the largest lineup ever. The full calendar of artistic experiences happening in the Milton area can be found at artweekma.org.
Among them will be “The Lost Art of Letter Writing,” which will take place at the Forbes House Museum on 215 Adams St.
Phyllis Forbes Kerr, author of “Letters From China: The Canton-Boston Correspondence of Robert Bennet Forbes, 1838-1840,” will talk about the challenges of working with her great-great-grandfather’s original letters while in the process of compiling and editing her book. She will also discuss what it was like to communicate in the 1800s via handwritten letters.
A number of historic writing tools and artifacts will be on display, as will letters from the museum’s collection. Visitors and other organizations in town are encouraged to contribute copies of a handwritten letter from their own collections in order to be part of a community display of correspondence.
Another event, “Spring Star Gazing and Celestial Storytelling,” with a price of $12, will be held in the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on 1904 Canton Ave., which is not typically open to the public.
Participants will be able to observe the changes that occur as day shifts to night from the top of Chickatawbut Hill. The event will end with toasting marshmallows around a campfire and enjoying celestial stories.