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Arts Focus: Drive-by Video Installation Illuminates Teens’ Post-COVID Hopes and Dreams

COVID-19 has not only altered the economy and how we work and recreate, but it has also has upended the typical school experience for a generation of young people. As part of Arts in the Schools Month, Arlington Public Schools in partnership with Arlington Arts presents Collaboration During Isolation, allowing theatre students to express their dreams and hopes for the future as well as gain new skills with the latest video projection technology.

How do young people process the realities of a pandemic? How does a teen awaken to new perspectives and viewpoints? Exploring such questions through their creations, the students will display videos on an 8-by-14-foot screen built in the shape of a head and speech bubble.

Watch a sample video illustrating how the video mapping will look in-action:

The pop-up screen will be set up each evening at each of the four Arlington high schools during March 2021: Yorktown (March 16), Wakefield (March 18), H-B Woodlawn (March 23) and Washington Liberty (March 25). The videos will also be broadcast live on the nights of each event through Arlington Arts YouTube and Facebook accounts with #projectingtogether!

The project is a collaboration between Arlington Public Schools and Arlington Cultural Affairs and is made possible by a grant from Wolf Trap Foundation’s Grants for High School Performing Art Teachers. The students worked with Andres Luque, Arlington Arts Facilities Manager, Jared Davis, Arlington Arts Scene Shop Manager and Patrick Lord, projection and video designer. The theater instructors are Carol Cadby (Yorktown), Chris Gillespie (Wakefield), Hope Lambert (H-B Woodlawn) and Danny Issa (Washington-Liberty).

Celebrate the creativity and resilience of Arlington’s young people and watch the livestreams listed in the schedule below on the Arlington Arts Facebook page.

Schedule of the installation:

Tuesday, March 16 — Yorktown, 5200 Yorktown Blvd, Arlington VA 22207

Thursday, March 18 — Wakefield H.S., 1325 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington VA 22206

Tuesday, March 23 — H-B Woodlawn, 1601 Wilson Blvd, Arlington 22209

Thursday, March 25 — Washington Liberty, 1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington 22201

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