Students inspire through the arts with drawing, painting, and collage on rocks throughout the Franklin Common. Messages of kindness, hope, and positivity serve to remind us that art can be a form of expression that evokes emotion in the viewer. Community members are welcome to design their own rock to contribute to the “BFCCPS Rocks Art Walk.” We will provide paint brushes and supplies!
What’s not to love about art that is accessible to all ages and ability levels and is perfect for group display! This free two-hour introductory level art event will introduce participants to several exciting watercolor techniques layered with marker, colored pencil, and pastel. The final product, a three-dimensional pod, will be displayed in a public installation during Franklin’s ArtWeek. Working with Carolann Tebbetts, visual arts director for FPS and high school art teacher, a range of techniques will be utilized to first create a 2D decorative surface. That 2D paper will be transformed into a three-dimensional pod that twirls and moves when hung in a open area. All pods will be installed in a public venue for the town to enjoy! This workshop is open to all middle school aged children and students in the Best Buddies program (with a buddy)! This class has 20 only spots available.
Help us kick off Franklin ArtWeek with a bang and get a “taste” of what ArtWeek is all about! Join Senator Ross, ArtWeek hosts and Franklin residents for a free evening of mini-performances and tastes of area restaurants, including The Curry House, PieZoni’s, British Beer Company, and more! While you’re there, grab your free calendar describing all 50 Franklin ArtWeek events, meet and mingle with Franklin’s creative community! Performances by Feet in Motion School of Dance, the Dean College improv group The SpeakEasies, Jamie Barrett on guitar, and Sophie David, dancer. This free event is brought to you by the Franklin Cultural Council and the Franklin Historical Museum.
Meet Broadway star Tyler Hayes, who played Rum Tug Tugger in the recent Broadway revival of CATS. Join us at THE BLACK BOX for a concert and casual conversation followed by a group photo opportunity. Mr. Hanes has appeared in A Chorus Line, On the Town, Hairspray, Sweet Charity, Urban Cowboy, The Frogs, and Oklahoma! on Broadway. Join us in the lobby before the show to decorate headpieces and for face painting in anticipation of a meet and greet with Tyler following the show. Tyler will offer a master class on Saturday, April 28. Contact THE BLACK BOX for more details.
Please join us to chalk the walks of the Franklin Town Common during ArtWeek! Roots Art Studio will be sponsoring this free, outdoor community event where folks will create sidewalk chalk designs reflecting “What is Great about Franklin!” We are calling all local artists, of all ages and abilities, to sign up for a sidewalk square. Community members need to apply to have their sketch approved and be assigned a space. Chalks will be provided to you, but you are free to bring your own as well. Please join us to color our common and bring to life the greatness of our community!
During the entire week of ArtWeek, the Franklin Public Library will be hosting a station where patrons can learn to make paper cranes. As a community, we will attempt to fold 1,000 paper cranes, which we will display in the library! Participants will also write their personal wishes for the Franklin community on the cranes they have created, keeping with the belief within Japanese culture and folklore that folding 1,000 cranes will result in the granting of a wish! We will kick off this event with a crane storytime on Saturday April 28th at 10:30AM and will work closely throughout the week with student volunteers to help teach patrons how to fold their cranes! The cranes will then be attached to string and hung by volunteers throughout the week, creating a crowd-sourced public art installation for the community to enjoy for the rest of the month!
Visit the Franklin Historical Museum for the rare opportunity to hear professional pianist Dennis Ferguson bring the 100 year-old Franklin manufactured Trowbridge piano to life. This vintage piano is a part of the museum’s permanent collection but is rarely played. Music will resound throughout the museum in honor of ArtWeek as Dennis shares some of his favorite selections with listeners and talks about the history of this treasured musical instrument.