ArtWeek Boston may sound like it would be a collection of plays, musical performances, gallery presentations, and other traditional celebrations of the arts. And it is. But it is so much more.

Scheduled at locations throughout the city and the region from April 25 to May 4, 2014 (which, by the way, is more than a week; I guess the organizers took some, er, artistic license) the focus is on more offbeat, less-heralded artistic events, often with participants playing hands-on roles in the art making. You can get a sense of the diversity and scope of the offerings by some of the ArtWeek Boston picks that caught my eye:

  • The Art of Meteorology- May 1, 2014 at WCVB TV Studios in Needham, free
    You may not think of forecasting the weather as an art, but it is at least much art as it is science (and a bit of luck as well I suppose). The interactive event will give attendees the chance to go backstage during a news broadcast, meet with the meteorologists, develop their own computer weather graphics, and dine with the news team in the station's commissary.
  • Fork and Tune- April 25, 27, and May 4, 2014 at Treats on Washington Cafe in Brighton, $40
    Dine on a four-course meal inspired by Prince's album, Purple Rain, which will be played in its entirety at the event. I'm not sure what will be on the menu, but may I suggest beets, purple cabbage, and purple carrots?
  • Ready SETs Go: Fashion Photography- April 26, 2014 at Restoration Resources in Boston, free
    Have you ever wondered what goes on during a photo shoot? Wonder no more! Learn lighting, styling, and other techniques as you participate behind and in front of the lens.
  • Boston Ballet Workshop Series- April 26, 2014 at Boston Ballet in Boston, free
    Designed for dancers of all abilities, ages 8 to 18, the workshops will include a costume design session, the music of dance, and the connections between athletics and dance, featuring a professional athlete. Who knows? Maybe the Red Sox' David Ortiz will bust a pirouette.

These are a small sample of hundreds of events that are planned. Many of them require reservations, which can be made at the ArtWeek Boston site.

Photo: Younes Sphinx Photography