April 2018
April's Got Talent!
April is the start of a very busy season in the district beginning with our annual fundraiser, featuring local 'hidden' talent, moving swiftly to the Boston Marathon and then ArtWeek events begin!

New this year in Natick, ArtWeek boasts many unique events with a few mentioned below. We also have an full calendar of events all month long on our website at natickcenter.org .

Our wonderful town is brimming with history and you can check out our online walking tours for some of it's great history. Enjoy the tours as you walk around town awaiting our next cultural event!
 in anticipation of it's unveiling during
ArtWeek in Natick on May 5th!
Natick's Got Hidden Talent
People you meet each day in Natick Center, from business owners to local politicians, have talents that might surprise you. We think it's time to showcase our town's hidden talents for all to see and celebrate!

Our yearly fundraiser will feature some amazing entertainers, with a cocktail hour beginning at 7:00 pm and take advantage of the opportunity to win some great raffle prizes before the show at 8:00 pm. The event will be held at the Delbridge Center at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
Save the Date for Saturday,
April 14th
ArtWeek in Natick
The Natick Center Cultural District is a proud partner of ArtWeek this year, bringing us many new and one-of-a-kind events. There will be collaborations between dance and drumming groups, artists murals, and events where music and art join together!

See below for just a few highlights but be sure to browse our full list of ArtWeek events at our website HERE!
Mark your calendars for "A Brush with Music"
at NHS on April 29th featuring the
Metrowest Symphony Orchestra.
A Brush With Music
On April 29th at 2:00 pm at the Natick High School the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra will be painting canvases of sound with music that evokes art, color, and emotion! The interactive program will feature Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel's Mother Goose and other evocative musical art. During the performance, MSO will present a slide show of artistic works that inspired the music for Mussorgy’s Pictures, and we'll premiere an original short film created by Natick High School film students to accompany one of our pieces, Debussy's Golliwogg’s Cakewalk.

The audience will be invited to participate in the concert, to help us produce an interactive digital art piece to be revealed at the show and on our website! A Natick High School student art show will run before, during and after the concert in the NHS library beginning at 1:00 pm.

Tickets are $12 at the door ($8 student/senior, children under 12 free) or by requesting tickets through our website:  www.metrowestsymphony.org.
The Samvaad Project 2018
The Samvaad Project, held on May 5th at the Common St. Spiritual Center from 7-8:30 pm, will attempt to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing Indian folk dances set against percussion instruments from around the world. 

The event aims to show that diverse cultures can find common ground for mutual respect and admiration through the performing arts. Bringing together cultures from far way lands on the same platform, this event corroborates that we are more alike than not, symbolizing greater unity.

This is a FREE event and open to the public as part of ArtWeek Natick!
This one-of-a-kind event for ArtWeek will feature Indian Folk Dancing and the Natick Drum Circle in a collaborative
special performance.

Held on S aturday, May 5th from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Common Street Spiritual Center.
Earth Day
Natick's Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 22nd from 11 am – 3 pm on the Natick Common. Many  will gather on the Common, celebrate a sense of community, learn about a variety of important environmental issues and organizations, sign up for activities, plus enjoy some good (locally grown) food and live music. This multi-generational strategy will activate a broad band of citizens to learn from each other and contribute in some meaningful way to our community.

For more information on how you can be involved please email Pat Conaway at: bpconaway@gmail.com .
Earth Day will take place on the Natick Common
on April 22nd starting at 11:00 am
If you'd like to donate and claim a prize, please let us know in the comments
section on our Crowdrise funding page!
Boston Marathon Runner
The Cultural District has it's first ever runner in the Boston Marathon, Natick native, Maggie Webster, who has been training throughout the winter getting ready for the big day on April 16th!

She's helping to raise funds for the cultural district and offering some exciting donation incentives, such as...

A $25 donation let's you choose a song for her race day playlist
A $50 donation you can choose 3 songs for her race day playlist.
A $100 donation you get a personalized training plan for the race distance of your choice
A $200 - She will wear your face (or a face of your choosing) on her race day shirt.

If Maggie reaches her fundraising goal before race day, April 16th, 2018- Maggie will donate her ponytail to charity! Crowdrise
Holi Festival
Celebrate the spirit of multiculturalism of our town with Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is a spring festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the "festival of colors" or the "festival of love". The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive!

There will be eco-friendly dry powdered color available for all, Bollywood music, and delicious Indian food for purchase. 

This is a FREE event (with the exception of the food.)
The Holi Festival will be held on
May 20th from 2-5:00 pm at the Fisk Memorial Methodist Church. (Rain date, May 19th)
Electrical Boxes on North Main St. (top) and Clarendon St. (bottom)
will be receiving a new paint job this spring
Electrical Box
Make-Overs in 2018
We've had such a great response to our Electrical Box Paint Program that we're adding more artistic flair to the downtown in 2018!

We've painted seven boxes in the downtown area, from the common to 135 within the past two years. Our dream is to transform every one in the cultural district reflecting our downtown's vibrant center. We strive to provide public art for all to enjoy.

The boxes, shown on the left, will be receiving a much needed face lift in the coming months and are located on N. Main and Clarendon St. If you know of an artist who would be interested in painting an electrical box with a public safety theme, please have them visit HERE for more info.

We're excited to paint these boxes in the spring and have them ready for the Artwalk celebration in July. But we're not done yet, two more will be painted at the end of the summer.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project in our upcoming newsletters!
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located inside the Common St. Spiritual Center on Saturday's from 9:00-1:00 pm. The Market move outside on the common on Saturday, May 12th!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
During ArtWeek in Natick the Market will be featuring two weekends of "Market to Mouth" special farm to table demos on
April 28th and May 5th!

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar on our website for more information about Natick Center activities!

You can also visit our Business Directory for information on our local, downtown merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!