MAKING AND CURATING High school art students at three schools in Concord — Concord-Carlisle, Concord Academy, and Middlesex School — had a rare opportunity this spring. Or really, an array of rare opportunities, including chances to show their work in a professional gallery, join forces with established artists, and study the curatorial process.
Meanwhile, adult artists and curators benefited from the chance to mentor young people and see the art world through their eyes. This all transpired through a collaboration called "C-Art," now in its second year, involving the Concord Art Association and the three schools.
The inaugural year of the collaboration focused on the theme of "Mapping Concord."
This year, the theme is identity, a topic of universal interest to artists and teenagers, said association director Kate James.
The Concord Art Association's main gallery will host "Revealing Identity," an exhibition of narrative works by nine well-known regional artists.
Another gallery space will hold "Look Me in the 'I,' " an exhibition organized by a small group of students from the three high schools participating in a C-Art seminar, "The Curator as Artist, the Artist as Curator." The display will showcase art created by nearly 50 students and professional artists working with the theme of identity and perception.
The works will be on display from April 9 through May 23. The Concord Art Association is at 37 Lexington Road in Concord. Admission is free. For hours and more information, call 978-369-2578 or go to www.concordart.org.
WARTIME ARTS The Wellesley College Theatre presents the world premiere of "The Home Front: Women's Voices From the Great War," highlighting songs, stories, and music of World War I. Performances take place April 9 through 12, with shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and next Sunday at 2 p.m. in Alumnae Hall on the college campus, 106 Central St. Tickets are $15, or $10 for seniors and students, and free for members of the Wellesley College community, and for Olin, Babson, and MIT students with ID. For more information, call 781-283-2000 or go to www.wellesley.edu/theatre.
PLANTING SEEDS An art exhibition featuring new commissioned works of the Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on display from April 7 to May 31 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston. "Art of the Heirloom: Cultural Seed Savers" celebrates the intersection of art and gardening, with works by 16 artists. An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, with a lecture and presentation by Hudson Valley Seed Library founder Ken Greene at 3:30. The exhibition, reception, and presentation are all included in admission to Tower Hill. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.
FOLLOW STUDIOS MAP Newton Open Studios takes place Saturday and next Sunday (April 11 and 12) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a preview reception at the Newton Free Library on Wednesday, April 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event features more than 150 artists at 50 locations across the city. Admission is free. For a map of studio locations, go to www.newtonopenstudios.org.
AUTHORS AND BOOKS The Friends of the Maynard Library will host its Annual Maynard Book Festival on Saturday, April 11, with literary programming for all ages. Highlights include a film about "The Phantom Tollbooth" author Jules Feiffer, a workshop on publishing with Framingham novelist Tilia Klebenov Jacobs, a conversation between crime novelists Archer Mayor and Hank Phillippi Ryan, and a reading by acclaimed author Lily King, whose book "Euphoria" won the Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014. Admission is free, but preregistration is recommended for the publishing workshop; call 978-897-1010, ext. 103. For a complete schedule and more information, go to www.maynardpubliclibrary.org. The Maynard Public Library is at 77 Nason St. in Maynard.
JAZZ AROUND TOWN Arlington will be resounding with music next Sunday, April 12, during the fourth annual A-Town Jazz Festival. The festival, hosted by Dan Fox and Morningside Music Studio, features renowned jazz trumpeter-composer Greg Hopkins, vocalist Lydia Harrell accompanied by her LovelySinger Band, and Manduca Sexta. For more information and a complete schedule, go to www.morningsidemusicstudio.com or call 617-909-7776. General admission is $15, or $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under age 12. For advance tickets, vist www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1375725.
ACOUSTIC MUSIC The Barbara Cassidy Band and Pesky J. Nixon perform at the Acoustic Newton Coffeehouse at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased at www.newtoncommunitypride.org.
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