The Fox Festival
Giant Foxes are coming to East Arlington!
Fox artwork by Shunsuke Yamaguchi
FOX FESTIVAL PLANNED FOR JUNE 18!
"The Fox Library is the face of government in East Arlington!" – East Arlington Resident
Arlington Public Art has teamed up with the Fox Library, Friends of the Fox, the Thompson School and the Capitol Square Business Association to create The Fox Festival Parade on June 18. Part of the Feast of the East, the parade is envisioned as a celebration of the neighborhood of East Arlington, the Fox Library, resilient community spirit, creativity, environmental stewardship, and urban wildlife. Keep scrolling for information about the parade and advance workshops!
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!
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 8, 4 to 7 pm
- Wednesday, June 15, 4 to 7 pm
In addition, Arlington Public Art will offer pop-up flag making tables for the parade as follows:
- 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
You can also DIY -- Do It Yourself! Make your own costume, banner, mask, or moveable sculpture inspired by the themes of nature and urban wildlife.
FOX FESTIVAL PARADE: stepping off at noon at the Feast of the East in Capitol Square, June 18
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!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.