A Creativity Festival
with options for everyone!
From printmaking to squashbooks to improv, we’ve got you covered. Play the ukulele, learn origami, draw caricatures, or get creative with collage. Sample great local food and listen to fantastic performances.
MEMBERS GET A HEAD START!*
These programs will sell out. Don’t miss it!
*Members only thru Feb. 29, open to all March 1
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FRIDAY Ribbon Cutting, Open House activities, Concert with Bitter Pill*
SATURDAY Creative Workshops (see below)* Compliments Food Truck, Live from the Living Room* (scroll on down for details!)
SUNDAY Writing Drop In, Artist Open Studios
*Advanced ticket purchase required
Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Friday 3:00-5:00 pm
FREE and open to all ages!
It’s OFFICIAL! Join Mayor Brodeur, Chamber of Commerce members, and lots of creative guests as we have our GRAND OPENING!
Then, please stick around! We hope you come on in, enjoy some snacks courtesy of Buckalew’s, and sample some fun creative activities with our extended FYACS family. We’ll have mini painting projects, recycled sculpture, “happy accident” scribbles, and creative writing prompts! There will be something for all ages.
No registration necessary, just come on in!
CONCERT with Bitter Pill
Friday 7:00-9:30 pm
A night of food, friends, and great entertainment by Bitter Pill:
Self-described as “bloody folk,” Bitter Pill is a tight-knit family, (literally father and daughter) who play an anachronistic twist of folk, blues, jazz, and vaudeville – mixed with original spoken word and reading from classical literature. The band was nominated for 2019 Song of the Year and Best New Act of the Year by the New England Music Awards.
Light bites provided by LaQchara. Beer and wine cash bar.
SATURDAY CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Each workshop is $15 per person. Click the button below the description for more detailed information
or to register for a workshop. Age ranges listed for each.
ALL IN for IMPROV
Ages: 9 – Adults
(ages 6-8 may sign up with an adult)
Learn the hilarious and entertaining art form made popular by TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with the fantastic Tony Angeles! Play theater games, loosen up, and laugh a lot!
COLLAGE for EVERYONE
(ages 6-12 may sign up with an adult)
Awaken your creativity with collage. We promise everybody can do it, especially with a master like Sharon Santillo at the helm.
Learn origami with James Hollis, local origami enthusiast and paper fanatic! Jim will guide you through how to make a Swallow Tail Butterfly. A fun and straight forward model with an impressive end result!
GEL PLATE PRINTS
Explore color, shape, texture, mark making and composition while creating your own one-of-a-kind monotype series without a printmaking press! No experience required for beautiful results!
SQUASHBOOKS/ BLACKOUT POEMS
Ages: 9-Adult (ages 6-8 may sign up with an adult)
Two new skills; one creative project! Make a squashbook, then discover your own blackout poem on the page of an old book. Combine the two with finishing touches for an artful masterpiece.
Resident artist Matt Berson teaches you how to exaggerate, minimize and accentuate features to create caricatures using famous, recognizable faces. You will learn techniques and strategies you can use to create caricatures of your own!
You know you want to…. come learn to play ukulele in a fun group setting! Learn a few songs that are great for beginners; also a good refresher class if you already have a little bit of uke experience. Bring/borrow your own uke if you can.
LIVE FROM THE LIVING ROOM!
It’s a block party in the Big Yellow House!
Saturday 7:00-9:30 PM
Enjoy talented Melrose musicians for a community performance night. Great local music, fun Melrose neighbors! Emcee’d by Sam Hammar and Tom Catalini of Let’s Talk Melrose, Melrose! Light bites by BT’s Backyard BBQ. Ages 15 and over. Beer and wine cash bar.
If you are interested in performing, please contact Jen Leclerc: Jennifer.email@example.com
CREATIVE WRITING DROP IN
Sunday 9:30-11:30 am
Join local writers for a 2 hour Drop-In Writing Workshop to supercharge your creativity with prompts, open writing time and conversation. Led by local author Jane Roper. Writers of all genres welcome. Bring your laptop, notebook or whatever you use to write. Ages 16+ welcome. Limited to 12 participants. No registration necessary.
Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Come visit the artsts of FYACS. Studios are open to the public and artists are available to answer questions and will have work to purchase.
Free and open to all! No registration necessary.