ABOUT ARLINGTON PUBLIC ART
Welcome to Arlington Public Art, an activist group of artists and citizens working to be the catalyst for public art in the Town of Arlington, MA. Arlington Public Art (APA) is a subcommittee of the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture (ACAC) under the auspices of the Town of Arlington.
JUNE 15: FOX FESTIVAL
Join us for the 4th annual Fox Festival Parade on June 15 at noon, kicking of the Feast of the East in Capitol Square, East Arlington. The Parade celebrates the Fox Library, nature and urban wildlife, creativity and community spirit! Environmental activism is a theme. What's your issue? Climate change? Recycling? Plastic ban? Please join the parade to share your concerns and celebrate Arington's green spaces and local creatures. You can come to a free advance workshop at the Fox Library to make something for the parade or DIY at home. More information and workshop schedule here.
JUNE 8: CHAIRFUL
Our annual fundraiser and celebration of creativity will take place at Porchfest this year: Satuday June 8. Every year artists, craftivists, and other creative folks transform ordinary chairs – many found curbside and rescued from landfill – with skill, imagination and paint. Our theme this year is Flora and Fauna. Please make a chair, come and see everyones chairs, and/or buy a chair to take home – support a great cause! We are pleased that the Arlington Recycling Committee, soon to be the Zero Waste Committee, will be joining us for the afternoon as an event sponsor and partner. Chairful offers an innovative and inspiring response to the challenge to reuse, reduce, and recycle our stuff. More information here.
Check out two installations commissioned for PATHWAYS projects along the Minuteman Bikeway in the Cultural District:
- Colony, a sculpture by Christopher Frost wrapped around the trunk of a tree where the Minuteman crosses Linwood Street near Spy Pond.
- Extraordinary Ordinary Birds, a series of postcards with portaits of neighborhood birds by Resa Blatman and pithy tips by Ellen Reed to get you started with bird watching and stewardship in your own back yeard. Cards are available for free pick up in plexi boxes mounted on a section of chain link fence edging the Minuteman between Linwood and Swan Place.
ONGOING: BIKEWAY HAIKU at the Kickstand
The Kickstand Cafe is hosting an installation of 12 poems originally written for Bikeway Haiku. The poems are placed using vinyl letters in the upper area of the storefront windows of the Cafe. Enjoy poetry with your morning coffee! The Kickstand is in Arlington Center at 594 Mass Avenue, right near the entrance of the Bikeway.
JULY: BIKEWAY HAIKU on the Bikeway
The rainy weather last fall washed the painted poems of Bikeway Haiku off the Bikeway more quickly than we expected! We are therefore planning to repaint the poems in July of 2019, so you will get another chance to enjoy short poems inspired by the activity – birds, animals, insects and people – and environment of the Bikeway.
Arlington Public Art has been awarded grants by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and directly by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support Pathways: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway. We are grateful for their continuing support!
Would you like to see more art in the streets, parks, public buildings and other public spaces in Arlington? Please get involved and support our work. Sign up to volunteer or attend our quarterly meetings (please check the Town of Arlington calendar to find out when and where). Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
You can support Arlington Public Art's work with an on-line tax-deductible contribution to the Town of Arlington's Public Art Fund here. Donations of $250 or more are thanked with a limited edition print of one of Resa Blatman's vivid oil painting portraits of a cardinal, chickadee, or baltimore oriole. Thank you!