Parade & Workshops
artwork by Kari Percival, the artist who is leading workshops at the Thompson School this year.
JOIN ARLINGTON PUBLIC ART FOR THE FOX FESTIVAL PARADE
PLANNED FOR SATURDAY JUNE 17!
Arlington Public Art has teamed up with the Fox Library, Friends of the Fox, the Thompson School and the Capitol Square Business Association to organize the second annual Fox Festival Parade on June 17. Part of the Feast of the East, the Parade celebrates the neighborhood of East Arlington, the Fox Library, resilient community spirit, creativity, environmental stewardship, and urban wildlife.
All are welcome to join the parade. Come to a free advance workshop to make something or DIY at home. You can make your own masks, flags or costumes inspired by the themes of nature and animals with family or friends. Know how to juggle or stilt? Twirl a baton? Play the kazoo? Want to make a giant moveable sculpture of a fox on wheels? Please join us!
The Parade will be led by the amazing Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band.
FREE ADVANCE WORKSHOPS
For the parade, Arlington Public Art is organizing workshops to make giant puppets in collaboration with the Thompson School (for students in grades 2 to 5) and the Fox Library (for kids and families). Thompson School students can sign up in the Main Office and workshops start on May 9.
Library workshops are open to the pubilc on a drop-in basis; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Join artist Sara Peattie in the library's community room downstairs for one or both workshops:
- Wednesday, June 7, 4 to 7 pm
- Wednesday, June 14, 3 to 6 pm
In addition, Arlington Public Art will have a pop-up art making table set up in front of the Fox Library during Porchfest on Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 3 pm.
- Saturday, May 21, 12 to 4 pm as part of It's Your Move at Spy Pond Park near Linwood Street
- Saturday, June 11, 12 to 4 pm during Porchfest, in front of the Fox Library in Capitol Square
FOX FESTIVAL PARADE STEPS OFF AT NOON
Gather at 11:30 in front of the Fox Library. The Parade steps off at noon at the Feast of the East in Capitol Square, June 17.
The Parade will be led by the awesome Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band and kick-off the Feast of the East Festival. Look for giant foxes and other urban animals marching along the sidewalks of Capitol Square to form a festive pageant!
WHY THE FOX?
The much-loved Fox Library offers a vibrant, friendly space for afterschool learning and small scale community gatherings. The name originated with Edith M. Fox, the generous donor who provided funds for the library to construct a new home in 1969.
But thanks in part to artist and library neighbor Shunsuke Yamaguchi, the fox has become the library's mascot and a symbol of its survival of tougher economic times when the community rallied to save it from closing. Wild foxes also survive in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by the town's remaining green spaces, including Spy Pond and the areas surrounding the Alewife Brook. Environmental stewardship is a core value in Arlington, and protecting urban wildlife is an essential aspect of this commitment. of stewarding our environment.
So the fox is a mascot for something even bigger than the library -- for community spirit and activism which works to make our neighborhood, and the world, a better place!
Illustration by Shun Yamaguchi.