Arlington Art Truck

The Arlington Art Truck
The Arlington Art Truck delivers interactive art projects to where you live, work, and play! Photo © Elman Studio LLC for Arlington Arts

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. The Arlington Art Truck was nominated for the 2019 Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts and launched in 2018 with a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Learn more about the Arlington Art Truck 2022 season below, see the past seasons here and learn about previous projects that informed this programming.

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2022 Activations

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Flight

by Greg Stewart

Fall 2022

clay bird sculptureWarbler Stencil on BrickChimney Swift stencil

MAKE & TAKE: A sculpture in the shape of threatened birds made of native Arlington seeds and clay to plant in a garden. Using sifted soil, stencil on the ground the names of Arlington’s birds.
MEET: Greg Stewart, Virginia based artist and Professor at James Madison University, Naz Anissi, BFA candidate in painting at George Mason University, and a park naturalist from Arlington County’s Conservation and Interpretation Section.
LEARN: About birds and trees of Arlington County and the importance of native plants and species.

Learn about Arlington’s birds, and those that are threatened by loss of habitat in Virginia. Artist Greg Stewart and Naz Anissi, a George Mason University student, will be on-hand to facilitate your artmaking. You can select from a library of laser cut names of Arlington’s birds, then stencil them onto the ground with sifted soil and create a bird sculpture using clay and native seeds in the shape of the threatened birds to take and plant.

Our community partner for this project is Arlington County’s Conservation and Interpretation Section, who will offer you information on Arlington’s birds, advice on finding and identifying them, and tips on native plants you can grow in your yard and community. 

 

Saturday, September 10 – 1-7pm – Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1300 Langston Blvd.  Jazz Fest is FREE and registration is not required, but strongly encouraged, as there are capacity limits at Gateway Park. Tickets can be reserved on the Rosslyn BID's Eventbrite page (on the main Jazz Fest webpage) which will open Monday, August 1, at noon.
Sunday, September 11 – 8-noon - Westover Farmers Market, 1644 N McKinley Rd

Friday, September 16 – 3-7pm – Tyrol Hill Park,5101 7th Road South
Saturday, September 17 – 12-6pm -- Green Valley Community Day, between Drew Elementary School and John Robinson, Jr. Town Square

Saturday, October 1 –1-5pm -- Paws on the Pike—Centro Arlington, 950 S George Mason Drive
Sunday, October 2  – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

Friday, November 4  – Campbell Elementary School, 737 S Carlin Springs Road  (closed to public)
Saturday, November 5 – 1-4pm -- 50th Birthday Party at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road

 

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Interconnected Roots

by Edgar Reyes

Summer 2022

Edgar ReyesEdgar ReyesMonarch Butterfly

MAKE: Make your mark on a new community mural
MEET: Edgar Reyes, artist and educator from Baltimore, Maryland; an Arlington arborist; or a representative from Plant NOVA Natives.
LEARN: About the diversity and interconnectivity of our communities and the native plants that grow within them, as well as the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan.

Contribute to a collaborative work of art that highlights the beauty of biodiversity and reflect on ways we can support efforts in creating an inclusive community. By painting colors that express your identity within a pattern inspired by traditional weaving patterns from his homeland of Mexico, artist Edgar Reyes leads participants on an exploration of what is native and non-native - not only in plant, bird, and insect species, but also about his own journey as an American with Indigenous and European roots. This project helps participants to understand how being stewards for our local biodiversity is interconnected with supporting our communities.

In the fall, the distinct individual components painted by the community during the summer will be united into one large temporary indoor mural at Kenmore Middle School.  This work could be thought of like a “community quilt” where layers of different ideas and personal expressions come together to create the final piece. 
Interconnected Roots final exhibition is open to the public on the below dates at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Road
Monday, October 21 — 8am-7pm on Parent Teacher Day
Tuesday, November 8 —8am-7pm on Election Day

Our community partner for this project is Arlington County’s Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Management Offices along with Plant NOVA Natives. They will offer you tips on tree care, wildlife and ecosystem management, information on Arlington’s biophilic goals, the importance of native plants and species, grant opportunities for free trees and will be sharing information on the update to the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan. The Forestry and Natural Resources Plan addresses conservation of trees and natural resources in Arlington County, to manage for a healthy ecosystem.

 

Monday, June 6 – 8-noon – Kenmore Middle School (not open to public)
Saturday, June 11 – 8-noon –--Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro- Cancelled due to rain
Friday, June 17 – 3-7pm—Arlington Collective Art Walk(PDF, 6MB) (More than four galleries in Ballston area will be open from 5-7 for this special event) –The Arlington Art Truck will be parked in front of Mason Exhibitions Arlington, 3601 Fairfax Drive
Saturday, June 18 – 3-7pm –Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike
Wednesday, June 29 — 3-7pm—Rosslyn Farmers Market, Central Place Plaza, 1800 N Lynn Street
Thursday, July 7 – 3-7pm—Ballston Mega Market, 901 N. Taylor Street
Saturday, July 9  – 8-noon –--Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro - Cancelled due to rain
Thursday, July 14 – 4-8pm—Tour some of the newest permanent Public Art installations in this area with BikeArlington.  The tour with start and end at the Arlington Art Truck at W and OD Trail and Columbia PikeLearn more about the bike ride and register. 
Sunday, July 24 – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street


 

From Our Waist to Waste: Is Fashion Sustainable(?)

by Laure Drogoul

Spring 2022

Laure Drogoul in front of clothing

From Our Waist to Waste FullNylon tagGarment LifespanNot so Fast (Fast Fashion)

Artists at CanopyVisitorsFabric Canopy

SEE: A fanciful sculptural canopy made from hundreds of colorful garments spanning various decades and styles let you experience the history of clothing, fashion and textiles. In addition, see staff sew a new County logo patch on existing County-issued work clothes demonstrating simple cost-effective solutions that reduce waste.
TAKE: A free, Risograph-printed zine created by the artist that includes fun facts about the clothing we wear and the history of the Mid-Atlantic textile industry. Learn about “close the loop” recycling and other sustainable solutions for discarded garments and textiles.
MEET: Laure Drogoul, Baltimore based artist and professor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Courtney Acosta, general arts major, MICA, and a representative from the Arlington Arts Textile Studio.
LEARN: About how our decisions about fashion, clothing and textile purchases have affected our environment and community and what we can do about it. 

Where do our clothes come from? Learn about the history of American clothing as it relates to fashion, costume, cultural identity, garment construction, and textile waste.  Browse the Artist’s sculptural tent, made of deconstructed garments that range in time period, style, and material. Each garment has a label with information about its’ historical context. Arlington Art Truck staff members will model garments and answer questions about sustainability and fashion. Additionally, pick up a free Risograph-printed zine, created by the artist, which provides “close the loop” recycling solutions for discarded garments and textiles.  Click here to read articles on sustainability in fashion (resources for the zine) along with a list of local thrift, consignment, and vintage stores to help close the loop.  

Our Community Partner for this project is the Textile Studio by Arlington Cultural Affairs.  The Textile Studio is a pop-up makerspace with a focus on recycling and reuse of fabrics and clothing and will offer workshops on sewing techniques to enable sewers to learn about the reuse of existing garments and how to create new ones. As a collaboration with the Solid Waste Bureau, a representative from The Textile Studio will be sewing new County logo patches over our old logo on staff issued work clothes demonstrating simple cost-effective solutions that reduce waste.  They will also be available to solicit ideas for the Textile Studio and answer your questions.  

Saturday, April 2 – 9-noon --Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro
Sunday, April 10 – 9-1pm – Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market, 2820 Columbia Pike
Saturday, April 16 – 8-noon -- Lubber Run Farmers Market, 4401 N Henderson Road
Sunday, April 24 – noon-5pm -- Langston Boulevard Alliance Earth Day Everyday, in front of Lee Heights Shops, 4500-4550 Langston Blvd
Saturday, April 30 – 8-noon, Cherrydale Farmers Market, Dorothy Hamm Middle School, 4100 Vacation Lane
Wednesday, May 11 -- 4-8pm -- Clarendon Music by Metro, Clarendon Central Park, Clarendon Metro
Friday May 20 – 6:30-9am – Bike to Work Day, Gateway Park at 1300 Langston Blvd, Rosslyn Metro
Sunday, May 22–9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

 


Behind The Truck Design

Steve Powers and the Arlington Art Truck

 

 

 

 

 

Steve “Espo” Powers and the Arlington Art Truck, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6-17-2017
Photo  ©  2017 Cynthia Connolly 

The Arlington Art Truck’s exterior has colorful and witty illustrations hand painted by internationally renowned artist Stephen Powers. Stephen worked alongside Arlington Art Truck curator Cynthia Connolly to create a “parade of usual and unusual art supplies” including Cynthia’s saddle shoes and Leica camera as a nod to their collaboration. Paying homage to his start as a graffiti artist and tagger, the blank side of the Truck outlined in dotted lines will feature magnetic interchangeable letters in his signature style. About the Artist