By Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director at Arlington Arts
Not long after I began working for Arlington County, Arlington Arts launched the Arlington Art Truck: a bold new project to take curated and interactive visual art experiences out into the community to where people congregate. Five years in, the program has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.
The Arlington Art Truck is a curated mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage the public from April to October in interactive art projects designed to blur the line between participant and presenter, citizen and government. Nominated for the 2019 Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts, the concept was launched in 2018 with a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Its activations have recently garnered media attention from WTOP 103.5 FM and NBC WRC4 TV news. But recently, we’ve begun to receive a more personally meaningful level of feedback about its impact: from the community.
“[The Arlington Art Truck] was at the Lubber Run Farmer’s Market, and I met a resident whose daughter has been following us since day-one,” says Special Projects Curator Cynthia Connolly. “Inspired by the way art engages people, her daughter is now considering studying Urban Design in college and wants to volunteer on the Art Truck!”
As part of its structure, the Arlington Art Truck works across County departments, featuring various ‘ride-along’ partners whose missions happen to coordinate with a particular arts activation, ranging from recycling to biking to work. In the current project with artist Laure Drogoul, our own Textile Studio helped Arlington’s Solid Waste Bureau by doing an on-location demonstration of sewing on patches with the new County logo on uniforms with the old logo that would otherwise have gone to a landfill.
“Although small in scope, this simple action demonstrates how the County can walk the talk when it comes to sustainability and waste reduction,” noted Erik Grabowsky, Solid Waste Bureau Chief for Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services. “Instead of purchasing new apparel with the new logo, we are prolonging the life of our work clothes by simply changing out the logo. [We] find value in these sustainability lessons artistically taught to an audience who might not hear it otherwise.”
From community members to arts professionals, to government agencies, the Arlington Art Truck provides a simple pop-up platform for revealing the arcane and unseen wonder of our everyday experience through an artistic lens, outside the confines of a four-walled gallery or museum. I’m inspired for what the next five years will bring.
In loving memory of Joseph Robert Kapacziewski, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 41.
In loving memory of James Stuart Edmonds, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 84.
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YULA’s ultimate frisbee spring season is now open for registration. We offer programs for middle and high schoolers – open to all players, whether they are new or have previous experience.Middle SchoolIn the Middle School league, mixed-gender teams practice once during the week and have games on Sunday afternoons. Spring league is a fun, safe, and positive environment. The season begins mid-March and wraps up with a tournament in early June. There are several options for practice days, so we can often work around schedule conflicts with other sports & activities.High SchoolThe High School program is organized by school of attendance and teams are classified by gender. New players will learn the basics in a supportive, welcoming environment. Experienced players will continue to develop their skills, and enjoy competition with other high school programs. The season concludes with a state level championship tournament in late May.All players are guided by experienced coaches who emphasize sportsmanship and good spirit. Ultimate is a fun sport with great camaraderie!YULA does not want finances to limit anyone from participating. Our middle school program offers a “Pay What You Can” cost structure and our our high school program is offering a $50 discount to new players.Visit our website to register and learn more. Sign up with a friend, but don’t delay, the season starts in March!http://www.yula-ulti.org
The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
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