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 2024 season below, see the past seasons here and learn about previous projects that informed this programming.

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2024 Activations

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Climate Hope

by Monica Jahan Bose

April & May 2024

Blue Sari and Monica Jahan Bose(JPEG, 928KB)Overseas with Monica Jahan Bose(JPEG, 967KB)

Ride bike climate pledge, close up(JPG, 913KB) Wrapture Workshop by Monica Jahan Bose(JPG, 950KB)(JPEG, 967KB)Women's Day Workshop with Monica Jahan Bose(JPG, 963KB)

SEE & DO: Write a quick 6-word poem, pledge or illustration focused on climate change on a specially designed sari from the artist’s ancestral village in Bangladesh. In late May, be a part of a procession with over 70 feet of saris billowing with hope through the streets of Arlington.
MEET: Internationally exhibited artist Monica Jahan Bose, a representative from our community partner, EcoAction Arlington or the creator of an Arlington citizen developed project, Climate4Change.
LEARN: How climate change has affected many parts of the world and simple steps we can take to help address it.

 

Wednesday, April 3 – Barcroft School, not open to public 

Sunday, April 7 – 9-1 pm - Columbia Pike Farmers Market, 2820 Columbia Pike

Saturday, April 20 – 8-noon - Lubber Run Farmers Market opening day, 4401 N Henderson Road

Sunday, April 21 – 11-5 pm - Earth Day, Every Day, 4500-4550 Cherry Hill Road

Sunday, May 5 – 9-1 pm - Fairlington Farmers Market opening day, 3308 S Stafford Street Special guest: Arlington Poet Laureate Courtney LeBlanc will be with us 9-11am to help you write your poem.

Thursday, May 9–RESCHEDULED TO MAY 16TH DUE TO WEATHER FORCAST – 3-7 pm - MoCA on the Move with MoCA Arlington at MET Park, South Elm Street between South 13th and South 14th Streets  

Thursday, May 16–3-7 pm - MoCA on the Move with MoCA Arlington at MET Park,South Elm Street between South 13th and South 14th Streets  

Saturday, May 18 – 10-1 pm - Family Fun Day in the Park, Alcova Heights Park, 901 S George Mason Drive

Saturday, May 25 – 11-2:30 pm - Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue ;  11-1: activation outside-(drop by anytime), 1-2:30: artist talk in library and community performance/procession from library to Jennie Dean park. There is limited space for the artist talk indoors. Free. Sign up here.  

 

Contribute to a community created art project by writing a poem, pledge, or an illustration directly onto a hand woven 18-foot-long cotton sari that is from the artist’s ancestral village in Bangladesh.  The poems and pledges will complete the sari which has already been adorned with climate themed wood block prints.    On the last day, the public can be a part of a procession with over 70 feet of saris through an Arlington neighborhood and by a waterway.

The community partner for this project is Eco-Action Arlington with guest partners Climate4Change.  Learn how you can help slow down climate change by simple actions starting at home.
EcoAction Arlington advocates, educates, and acts to create a sustainable community by improving our natural environment, encouraging environmentally-friendly behaviors, ensuring environmental justice, and addressing the climate crisis. Climate4Change is an Arlington County citizen developed project where they provide simple adjustments in our everyday habits that will help mitigate climate change. 

 

 

This is part of an ongoing project called Storytelling with Saris by Monica Jahan Bose. Storytelling with Saris is a multi-layered collaborative art and advocacy project that uses woodblock prints on saris, writing, oral history, performance, and film to empower communities in the U.S. and Europe to address climate justice in solidarity with the women of Katakhali Village, an island community in Bangladesh on the frontlines of climate change.  Through performance art and advocacy workshops and climate art actions in the U.S., Bangladesh, and Europe, communities are engaged to take action to fight against the devastation of our planet. Americans are learning about climate change and reducing climate anxiety through the project by writing poetry and making written commitments on saris in an act of cross-border solidarity.

 

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Video by Richard Howard for Arlington Arts


What Is Your Guidepost?

by Molly McCracken

June & July 2024

Guidepost, all supplies(JPG, 969KB)Guidepost, hand with rocks(JPG, 994KB)Guidepost postcard 2 by Molly McCracken(JPG, 851KB)

SEE & DO: Make a collage postcard illustrating a guidepost made of a stack of hand cut “paper rocks” (otherwise known as a “cairn”) thinking about what landmarks capture your attention in your neighborhood. Write a few words on the postcard about what you are mindful of in your community and place it in the box to be mailed back as a reminder at the end of the project.
MEET: Arlington artist Molly McCracken, along with a member from your civic association or a representative from the County’s Arlington Neighborhoods Program.
LEARN: More about the Arlington Neighborhoods Program and Civic Associations and how you can be part of building our communities and noticing what makes them special.

 

Saturday, June 1 -  8–noon - Arlington Farmers Market – N. Uhle and 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro

Tuesday, June 11 - Gunston Middle School – not open to public

Saturday, June 15 - 3–7pm - (entire festival is from 1-7pm) Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike

Saturday, June 22 - 8–11am –Capital Area Food Bank Community Marketplace at Arlington Mill Community Center plaza, 909 South Dinwiddie Street

Sunday, June 23- 9–1pm - Westover Farmers Market,1644 N. McKinley Road

Saturday, June 29 - 3–7pm (entire festival is 12-7pm)- Arlington Pride Day, Long Bridge Park, 475 Long Bridge Drive,Crystal City Metro

Sunday, July 14 - 9–1 pm - Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

Thursday July 18 - 3–7 pm - MoCA on the Move with MoCA Arlington at MET Park, South Elm Street between South 13th and South 14th Streets, Crystal City Metro

 

A stack of rocks along a path to help with wayfinding is called a cairn, a term taken from Scottish Gaelic. Artist Molly McCracken uses pieces of paper in the shapes of rocks to make Paper Cairns (#papercairns) as wayfinding art, a meditative form of seeking balance and being mindful of her surroundings. For this project, choose 3 to 5 hand painted and cut “paper rocks” from a tabletop viewing box. Arrange the rocks on repurposed cardboard postcards in the form of a cairn or guidepost, thinking about landmarks or monuments in your neighborhood and community. After making the cairn postcard, write a handful of words on the back that describe what you feel. Postcards will be dropped in the Art Truck mailbox and sent back at the end of the project in early August, as a reminder of what you were noticing in that moment of focus and observation.

The Community Partner for this project is the Arlington Neighborhoods Program. Meet a member of the local civic association and learn more about the Arlington Neighborhood Program.  

The Arlington Neighborhoods Program (formerly Neighborhood Conservation Program) helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. When the program was created in 1964, the goal was to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements, including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification.

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Let It Flow

by Scott Pennington

August, September & October 2024

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SEE & DO: Test your knowledge in this colorful carnival-like bean bag toss game where you will match bean bags of questionable waste with the proper vessel with which to dispose of it.
MEET: Baltimore artist, Scott Pennington and a representative from the Water Pollution Control Plant
LEARN: What you can and cannot pour down the sink drain, flush in your toilet and put in your green cart.*

 

Augustone or two days, TBC

Saturday, September 7– 1-7pm – Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1300 Langston Blvd., Rosslyn Metro

Saturday, September 14 – 8-1pm - Rock ‘n’ Recycle, Trades Center, 4300 29th Street South

Saturday, September 21 – 12-5pm – Green Valley Day, on the grounds between Drew Community Center at 3500 23rd Street South, and John Robinson Town Square

Saturday, September 28 – 11-6pm (time TBC) – Clarendon Day, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Clarendon Metro

Thursday, October 3 – 3-7pm, Ballston Mega Market, Welburn Square, 901 N Taylor Street, Ballston Metro

Saturday, October 5 – 10-2pm (TBC) Spoke ‘n’ Word along W and OD bike trail

Thursday, October 10 – 3-7pm, MET Park with MoCA Arlington, South Elm Street between South 13th and South 14th Streets, Crystal City Metro

Saturday, October 26 – 8 – 11am –Capital Area Food Bank Community Marketplace at Arlington Mill Community Center plaza, 909 South Dinwiddie Street

 

Match and toss bean bags with images of cotton swabs, dental floss, cat litter, human waste, toilet paper, cigarette butts, “flushable” wipes, etc. with the proper disposal vessel: sink, toilet, trash can or the green organics cart*. This colorful carnival game built specifically for Arlington by artist Scott Pennington is designed to accommodate two to three players at a time making it fun for friends and family! Learn how household waste impacts the County’s wastewater collection and treatment systems and how you can help. 

The community partner for this project is the Water Pollution Control Plant. Located in South Arlington, the Water Pollution Control Plant treats 23 million gallons of wastewater each day from residences and businesses. The plant’s mission is to safely and economically process wastewater to protect the environment: especially Four Mile Run, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Future upgrades will focus on improving solids handling and resource recovery, while at the same time reducing the County’s reliance on fossil fuels.

*available for single family homes and as food scraps drop off point at 4300 29th Street South and at Columbia Pike Farmers Market. 

 

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Rethinking Plastic

In designing the Arlington Art Truck projects, we endeavor to use minimal or no single-use plastic. When plastic is used, it is re-used from previous projects, or used again in future work. For example, you might see us using wheat paste instead of glue sticks, re-using plastic signs with a paper sign mounted over it, or not using markers or “disposable” wipes (which are made of plastic). We model these ideas in our public facing platform, creating a new norm and hope that others will be inspired to do the same.


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