Arlington Art Truck Previous Seasons

The Arlington Art Truck, funded partly by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, delivers cultural experiences to where you live, work and play and gives you a chance to engage with County and nonprofit initiatives in Arlington in a unique, fun way!

During the Art Truck season from April – November, artists-in-residence pack the van with projects ranging from interactive sculptures, installations, performances and more. Each project is paired with a County or community partner so visitors can create or activate artworks as well as learn more about County and community resources. Learn more about our previous seasons of the Arlington Art Truck below and click here for the current season.

Recreate the magic of the Arlington Art Truck at home with free, printable projects designed by our resident artists from previous years by visiting Arlington Arts at Home.

2023
Count Your Joys by Heloisa Escudero
Reinvention Garage by Chris Combs
Good Neighbors: Fences into Benches by Michael Verdon

2022
From Our Waist to Waste: Is Fashion Sustainable(?) by Laure Drogoul
Interconnected Roots by Edgar Reyes
Flight by Greg Stewart

2021
A Tribute to the Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
Words Matter: Honoring Arlington Educators by Justyne Fischer
Chromatic Curiosity by Tommy Bobo

2020
Words to Art Spring 2020 by Sushmita Mazumdar
Greetings from our Microbiome! by Shelly Smith
Vote by Stephen Powers
Flight by Greg Stewart

2019
Trash Garden by Rachel Schmidt What’s Your Sign? by Paul Shortt
Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather
Arlington Abstracted Mural at the Grove by Marc Pekala
Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim with artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson

2018
Bipedal Soundscapes by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden
You Are Magic  by Alicia Eggert
Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia by Kate Samworth
Color Your Future Garden by Marcella Kriebel
Arlington Abstracted by Marc Pekala

2023

Count Your Joys by Heloisa Escudero

Person using hand clicker for Count your Joys Relax and reflect in a colorful artist installation designed by Arlington artist Heloisa Escudero where you will be able to count everything that makes your life joyful. Select a magnet signifying your number of joys and place on the outside of the Arlington Art Truck. You will see the Arlington Art Truck fill up with magnets creating a collage of all the joys we have in Arlington!
Learn more about Count Your Joys by Heloisa Escudero

Reinvention Garage by Chris Combs

Reinvention Garage (the word garage is made of the word garbage with the letter b having fallen over) In Reinvention Garage, meet artist Chris Combs and his showcase of once-obsolete household electronics from Arlington that have been reimagined as newly useful devices. Learn how beginner-friendly STEAM electronics can reduce our waste stream: we can reinvent our old televisions, tablets, and household gadgets into magic mirrors, internet radios, and nightlights—keeping them useful for years to come.
Learn more about Reinvention Garage by Chris Combs

Good Neighbors: Fences into Benches by Michael Verdon

Fences to Benches Visit the Arlington Art Truck and be a part of an evolving art installation. At first, you will see a long modern fence made of wood invoking separation and privacy. Then, you will be able to write and share your ideas on what it means to be a good neighbor directly on the fence. Once the community has inscribed their thoughts, the fences will be built into 48 linear feet of community-decorated public picnic benches for all to gather.
Learn more about Good Neighbors: Fences into Benches

2022

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

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

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, 2022  – 9-noon --Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro
Sunday, April 10, 2022  – 9-1pm – Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market, 2820 Columbia Pike
Saturday, April 16, 2022 – 8-noon -- Lubber Run Farmers Market, 4401 N Henderson Road
Sunday, April 24, 2022  – noon-5pm -- Langston Boulevard Alliance Earth Day Everyday, in front of Lee Heights Shops, 4500-4550 Langston Blvd
Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 8-noon, Cherrydale Farmers Market, Dorothy Hamm Middle School, 4100 Vacation Lane
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 -- 4-8pm -- Clarendon Music by Metro, Clarendon Central Park, Clarendon Metro
Friday May 20, 2022  – 6:30-9am – Bike to Work Day, Gateway Park at 1300 Langston Blvd, Rosslyn Metro
Sunday, May 22, 2022 –9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

 

Interconnected Roots by Edgar Reyes

Interconnected Roots by Edgar Reyes

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.

Monday, June 6, 2022  – 8-noon – Kenmore Middle School (not open to public)
Saturday, June 11, 2022  – 8-noon –--Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro- Cancelled due to rain
Friday, June 17, 2022  – 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, 2022  – 3-7pm –Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike
Wednesday, June 29, 2022  — 3-7pm—Rosslyn Farmers Market, Central Place Plaza, 1800 N Lynn Street
Thursday, July 7, 2022  – 3-7pm—Ballston Mega Market, 901 N. Taylor Street
Saturday, July 9, 2022   – 8-noon –--Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro - Cancelled due to rain
Thursday, July 14, 2022  – 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, 2022  – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

Update, Fall, 2022:

The distinct individual components painted by the community during the summer have been 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. 

After the activation and before the installation, the artist created a centerpiece for the mural. Of this new piece he explains, "I created the center painting of the installation as another element to visually connect all the panels together. In the background the work depicts a variety of native plants. I was really moved by how happy people got with the fact that we had seeds for them to plant native flowers to help support pollinators in the area. I also really enjoyed how whimsical many contributions to the panels were and wanted to continue that with my painting.”

Interconnected Roots final exhibition is open to the public on the below dates at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Road

Friday, October 21, 2022  — 8am-7pm on Parent Teacher Day
Tuesday, November 8, 2022  —8am-7pm on Election Day

Artist installing Interconnected RootsEdgar Reyes with Interconnected Roots installation

Interconnected Roots Mural

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.


Flight by Greg Stewart

Flight by Greg Stewart

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, 2022 – 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, 2022 – 8-noon - Westover Farmers Market, 1644 N McKinley Rd CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Friday, September 16, 2022  – 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, 2022  –1-5pm -- Paws on the Pike—Centro Arlington, 950 S George Mason Drive CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.  (Paws on the Pike is rescheduled to October 8th at Penrose Square, but the Arlington Art Truck cannot be present.)
Sunday, October 2, 2022   – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Saturday, October 29, 2022  – 8-noon - Arlington Farmers Market, North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro
Sunday, October 30, 2022  – 8-noon - Westover Farmers Market, 1644 N McKinley Rd

Friday, November 4, 2022   – Campbell Elementary School, 737 S Carlin Springs Road  (closed to public)
Saturday, November 5, 2022  – 1-4pm -- 50th Birthday Party at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 South Carlin Springs Road
Sunday, November 6, 2022  – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market3308 S Stafford Street

For the most updated information, including cancellations due to weather, follow us on Instagram @arttruckarlington

2021

A Tribute to the Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

A Tribute to the Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Friday, May 21 – Sunday, June 20, 2021 –various locations (see below)
Monday, June 28 – September 2021 – lobby of Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd
September 2021 – December 2022The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, 3045 Columbia Pike, Suite B
August 2022 – ongoing – See a portfolio of larger prints on archival paper recreated from the letterpressed cards, Shirlington Public Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.


Amos Kennedy Jr

Sit-ins Commemorative Print by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Photographs by Garrett MacLean for Arlington Arts

TAKE AND DISCOVER: A map to find letter-pressed cards located at many of the original sit-in locations that honor the 60th anniversary of the seven lunch counter sit-ins.
LEARN: About the desegregation of Arlington’s lunch counters through seven sit-in protests that occurred from June 9-22, 1960.

Arlington Arts visiting artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. has been working for the past three years to bring awareness to Arlington’s civil rights history with a focus on the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Stratford Junior High School in 2019 and the 60th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins in 2020.

Mr. Kennedy creates prints, posters and postcards from handset wood and metal type, oil-based inks, and eco-friendly chipboard. Much of his work is inspired by proverbs, sayings, and quotes that are significant to the place where he is working.

Mr. Kennedy has made seven letter pressed cards to honor the 60th anniversary of the seven lunch counter sit-ins that took place in Arlington between June 9–22, 1960. The sit-ins were peaceful protests that challenged widespread segregation policies.

To pay tribute to this history, Arlington Arts has placed a stand at many of the original sit-in locations where commemorative 60th anniversary letter pressed cards can be collected free of charge. It is our hope that you will visit one or more of these locations to gather your own collection of Kennedy’s cards while considering this part of the County’s history.  Each location will feature a different card.

View historic event display and pick up a map (English/Español) of community locations in the lobby of Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington located at 3045 Columbia Pike, Suite B.

Pick up letter pressed cards at the following community locations:

  • Lee-Harrison Drug Fair, now Mattress Firm located at 5401 Lee Highway.
  • Peoples Drug Store, now CVS located at 4709 Lee Highway.
  • Howard Johnson, now Capital One Bank located on Lee Highway. This card is available at Lebanese Taverna, 4400 Old Dominion Drive.
  • Cherrydale Drug Fair, now Hair Vogue located at 3815 Lee Highway.
  • Buckingham Drug Fair, now CVS located at 265 N. Glebe Road.
  • Woolworth-Shirlington, near what is now Guapo’s and the Lansburgh Department Store, demolished, near what is now Stellina Pizza. These two cards are available at BusBoys and Poets in Shirlington, 4251 Campbell Avenue.

Exclusive photographs and interviews with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. conducted in his studio by Detroit documentary photographer, Garrett MacLean can be viewed by following @arttruckarlington on social media.  This social media immersion will conclude in June with posts scheduled for the exact moments that the sit-ins occurred 61 years ago. 

This project is organized by Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Art Truck, programs of Arlington Arts in collaboration with the County’s Historic Preservation ProgramArlington Public Library’s Center for Local History and Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART bus program.

The community partner for this project is the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, Virginia.

Visit Arlington Public Art to learn more about the project and view a banner made for the Arlington Art Truck about the desegregation of lunch counters in Arlington.

Read about the project in the James Renwick Alliance Fall 2020 Craft Quarterly.


These cards are in the permanent collections of:

  • The Letterform Archive, San Francisco, California
  • Center for Local History, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Virginia

Words Matter: Honoring Arlington Educators by Justyne Fischer

Words Matter: Honoring Arlington Educators by Justyne Fischer

Summer 2021

Words Matter by Justyne Fischer Words Matter by Justyne Fischer Words Matter by Justyne Fischer

TAKE & MAKE: Free postcards and a zine created by the artist that includes tips on how to write positive letters and messages. Write a postcard to an important person in your life.
MEET: Justyne Fischer, Arlington printmaker and art teacher
LEARN: About the importance of positive support through the written word

Thursday, July 1 – 3-5pm (shortened hours due to the rain storm forecasted for the evening) – Ballston Mega Market, 901 N Taylor Street, Ballston Metro
Friday, July 9 — 5-8pm — Lubber Run Community Center opening event, 300 N Park Drive
Thursday, July 15– 3-7pm –(Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.) Tyrol Hill Park, 5101 7th Rd South
Wednesday, July 21 – 10-1 pm  July (Craft) Supply Swap in collaboration with the Library Truck – Outside Central Library, 1015 Quincy Street
Wednesday, July 21 – 3-7pm – Rosslyn Farmers Market, 1800 N Lynn Street, Rosslyn Metro
Tuesday, July 27– 3-7pm – Crystal City Farmers Market, Crystal City Courtyard Green, 2121 Crystal Drive, Crystal City Metro
Saturday, July 31– 8-noon – Arlington Farmers Market,  North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro
Sunday, August 8– 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street 

FALL DATES ADDED!
Saturday, November 20 – 8-noon – Lubber Run Farmers Market, 4401 Henderson Drive
Sunday, November 21 – 9-1pm – Columbia Pike Farmers Market, Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike near Edgewood Street

Here’s a project to help you ‘accentuate the positive’ amid today’s challenges. Share positivity through the written word using a zine guide and postcard kit with woodcut portraits by Arlington printmaker Justyne Fischer.  To inspire you, the artist selected five prominent women educators and activists of varying backgrounds that reflect Arlington’s diversity: Hazel Mahler, Dorothy Hamm, Dr. Evelyn Reid Syphax, Dr. Phoebe Hall Knipling, and Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez.  Use the postcards to write a note to a teacher, mentor, parent, student or community member. Have writer’s block? Flip through the included zine to start brainstorming ideas of gratitude. To receive a free kit in Spanish or English, either submit your address via the online form so we can mail it to you or pick up one when you see the Arlington Art Truck out on the streets and in the parks this summer.

The community partner for this project is the Center for Local History, Arlington Public Library. The Center for Local History and its Community Archives collect and preserve the material that document the evolving history and culture of Arlington County. Contribute to their COVID-19 archives project.

 

These zines and postcards are in the permanent collections of:

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • The Letterform Archive, San Francisco, California
  • Michigan State University Library, Lansing, Michigan
  • Center for Local History, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Virginia


Chromatic Curiosity by Tommy Bobo

Chromatic Curiosity by Tommy Bobo

Fall 2021

Composition made from light and discs from Chromatic Curiosity Tommy Bobo with the colored lenses and mirrors that make Chromatic Curiosity.jpg  The colored lenses that are components of Chromatic Curiosity

SEE & MAKE: Colorful ephemeral artwork on urban surfaces using the sun and color wands designed by the artist.

MEET: Tommy Bobo, a Washington, DC artist who produces video and light-based artwork, and a representative from the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE).
LEARN: About the physics of light, Arlington’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, and the local solar energy cooperative.

Tuesday, September 14 – 3-7pm — Crystal City Farmers Market, Crystal City Courtyard Green, 2121 Crystal Drive, Crystal City Metro
Saturday, September 18 – 9-2pm – Rock ‘n’ Recycle, Trades Center, 4300 29th Street South
Saturday, September 25 – noon-5pm – Long Bridge Aquatic Center open house, 333 Long Bridge Drive
Saturday, October 2 — 10-2pm – Barcroft Park, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive
Saturday, October 9 – 8-noon — (Cancelled) Lubber Run Farmer’s Market, 4401 N Henderson Road
Sunday, October 17 – 8-noon - Westover Farmers Market, Westover Library Plaza, 1644 N McKinley Road
Saturday, October 23 – 8-noon – Arlington Farmers Market,  North Uhle & 14th Street N., Courthouse Metro
Sunday, October 31 – 9-1pm – Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford Street

Capture the excitement and wonder of a child with a magnifying glass and re-envision the world around you: Chromatic Curiosity provides visitors with a collection of shaped mirrors and colored lenses to creatively explore their surroundings. Manipulative mirrors redirect the sun’s beams, and brightly hued lenses transform ordinary colors into fantastic spectacles. With these tools, form radiant new light compositions on the ground, building walls, or other objects around the Arlington Art Truck. Like wearing rose-colored glasses or looking through a kaleidoscope, viewers can inspect purple apples, blue grass, and the red sky and think about how light plays an important part of our life.

Our Community Partner for this project is AIRE, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy. Learn about Arlington’s initiative to be carbon neutral by 2050, the Arlington Solar and EV Charger Co-Op, and more. AIRE is a division of the Office of Sustainability & Environmental Management.

2020

Words to Art Spring 2020

Words to Art Spring 2020

An Arlington Community Art Project by Sushmita Mazumdar

Monday, April 27th – Sunday, May 24th

Words to Art

Give artists ONE WORD expressing your feelings and perception of the #COVID19 quarantine and watch them transform it into art! Arlington Arts will ask you to post new words every Monday for the next four weeks. Artist Sushmita Mazumdar and four other Arlington artists will turn select words from your submissions into original sketches to be posted on our social media throughout the weekend. The finished works will be posted on Sushmita’s website, Studio Pause.

Make your own artwork expressing a word at home and post it with #WordsToArtArlington. You can also share it at home in your window, or as chalk art on the sidewalk!

This project was originally designed by Sushmita Mazumdar in 2018 for Art on the ART Bus. The 2020 version takes a new angle by asking you to collaborate.

Participating artists:
Sushmita Mazumdar (Buckingham)
David Amoroso (Douglas Park)
Maribeth Egan (Ballston/Virginia Square)
Kate Fleming (Maywood)
MasPaz (Arlington Ridge)

Virtual Artist Talk and Reception
Wednesday, June 10th, 7 P.M.
Join us in a Zoom reception and talk. Find the invitation in Facebook.

Greetings from Our Microbiome! by Shelly Smith

Greetings from Our Microbiome! by Shelly Smith

Tuesday, July 7 – Monday, August 31, 2020

Welcome to the Carlin Springs by Shelly Smith

Due to the pandemic, we were not on the streets of Arlington for this activation.  It was redesigned as a social media project and virtual artist talk. 

The work of Arlington artist Shelly Smith focuses on microscopic life found in water and soil. The artist has illustrated five postcards, featuring the diversity of microorganisms found in five different bodies of water in Arlington, including a bog, vernal pool, and stream. Come examine the living creatures through a microscope, paint the postcards yourself, and then mail them to friends.

Water run-off from our yards and streets not only affects the health of our waterways but it also impacts the larger ecosystem, including trees and plants. The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management is our community partner, and the postcards share how we can be better stewards of the natural environment by reducing stormwater runoff and pollution at home.

About Shelly Smith

Virtual Art Activation
Tuesday, July 7th – Thursday, August 11th
Explore Arlington’s waterways with Ballston neighborhood artist Shelly Smith.   Check the Arlington Art Truck Instagram or Arlington Arts’ InstagramFacebook or Twitter account July 7 – August 11 to sign up for free postcard packs we will mail to you. The pack will have a mix of color and black and white postcards of which you can color-in yourself and mail to your friends!  Choose English or Spanish or a combination. 

Virtual Artist Talk
Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Join us for the Greetings from Our Microbiome virtual artist presentation. The presentation will take place via Zoom and include a short Q&A. Sign up for the presentation here and we will email you a link and passcode a few days prior to the talk.

Science Sketch Along @ the Virtual Arlington County Fair on Facebook Live (pre-recorded)
Saturday, August 15th, 10 A.M.
Bring your favorite art supplies and join Arlington Art Truck program artist Shelly Smith for a fun drawing session featuring Arlington’s amazing microorganisms. We’ll sketch from images taken with Shelly’s microscope as we learn more about her summer project, Greetings from Our Microbiome,  including how to protect our waterways and engage in citizen science. Go to the Arlington Art Truck Instagram or Arlington Arts’ InstagramFacebook or Twitter for more information. View the video below!

FREE “TAKE AND MAKE” PICK UP LOCATION:

Wednesday, August 5, 9-11:30 A.M., Our Lady Queen of Peace Food Pantry pick up, 2700 19th St South

Science Sketch Along

 

VOTE by Stephen Powers

Vote by Stephen Powers

Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15, 2020

VOTE by Stephen Powers

Stephen Powers, the artist who painted the Arlington Art Truck, designed a sign encouraging everyone to vote.  We were fortunate to get a handful of these signs for free and will be distributing at the below locations.

About Stephen Powers

Wednesday, October 14, 6-8pm, Shirlington Dog Park, 2710 S Oakland Street
Thursday, October 15, 12-4pm, Central Library, 1015 N Quincy Street
Thursday, October 15, 5-8pm, Powhatan Springs Skatepark, 6020 Wilson Blvd.

Flight by Greg Stewart

Flight by Greg Stewart

October and November, 2020

Collage of clay bird sculptures and stencil of bird species name

Due to the pandemic, we presented a mini activation of Greg Stewart’s project, “Flight”. The Arlington Art Truck offered free seed bird sculpture “Take and Make” kits at the below locations. We look forward to implementing the full version of this project(as described below) after the pandemic. 

Learn about the birds that migrate through our area each autumn, and those that are threatened by loss of habitat in Virginia. Artist Greg Stewart and a team of James Madison University students will be on-hand to facilitate your artmaking. You can select from a library of laser cut names of fall migrating birds, then stencil them onto the ground with sifted soil and create a bird sculpture with 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 Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Management Offices, who will offer you tips on tree care, wildlife and ecosystem management, grant opportunities for free trees and will be sharing information and collecting input from the public on their Urban Forest Master Plan and Natural Resources Management Plan revision. The Urban Forest Master Plan addresses the conservation, planting and maintenance of trees in Arlington County, preserving a healthy ecosystem, and the Natural Resources Management Plan looks to conserve and enhance the unique ecosystems in our parks.

This project is developed in partnership with James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

About Greg Stewart

MAKE & TAKE: A sculpture in the shape of threatened birds made of native Arlington seeds and clay to plant in your own yard. Stencil the names of migrating birds on the ground. View threatened birds through a 3D View-Master.
MEET: Greg Stewart, sculptor, students from James Madison University and Arlington County’s Arborist.
LEARN: About birds and trees of Arlington County, the Urban Forest Master Plan and Natural Resources Management Plan revision.

FREE “TAKE AND MAKE” PICK UP LOCATIONS:

Sunday, October 18, Westover Farmers Market, 8-noon, 1644 N. McKinley Road, (McKinley Road and Washington Blvd.),
Tuesday, October 20, Crystal City Farmers Market, 3-7 P.M. 2121 Crystal Drive , 3-7pm
Saturday, October 24, Lubber Run Farmers Market, 8-noon, 4401 N. Henderson Road (Henderson and George Mason Drive)
Saturday, November 7, Long Branch Nature Center, 9-1 P.M. 675 S Carlin Springs Road
Sunday, November 15, Fairlington Farmers Market, 9-1 P.M. 3308 S Stafford Street

 


2019

Trash Garden by Rachel Schmidt

Trash Garden by Rachel Schmidt

Trash Garden by Rachel Schmidt

Area artist Rachel Schmidt will create a landscape inside the Arlington Art Truck from discarded plastics that were used by the artist in her everyday life. Participants will wrap the plastic in paper printed with Arlington fauna imagery photographed by Drew Model and Discovery School students. When placing their final wrapped object into the installation, participants will hear recorded memories of our natural environment. The final installation will contain 53 pounds of plastic- the amount that a County resident throws away in one year.  Through our participation, this project helps us to visualize the landscape of plastic waste to which we all contribute and which never completely disappears.

About Rachel Schmidt

Tuesday, April 2 – 9-2:05pm – Discovery Elementary School at 5241 36th Street North (not open to the public)
Thursday, April 4 – 9:20-1:30pm -Drew Model School at 3500 23rd South (not open to the public)
Saturday, April 7 – 9-1pm – Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market, 2820 Columbia Pike
Saturday, April 13 – 1-4pm – Arlington Palooza, 901 S George Mason Drive
Wednesday, April 17 – 10-noon – EarthFest @ Arlington Mill, 909 S Dinwiddie Street
Sunday, April 28 – 9-1pm – Westover Farmer’s Market, 1644 McKinley Road
Saturday, May 4 – 8-noon – Lubber Run Farmer’s Market, 4401, N. Henderson Road
Friday, May 10 – Artist & Curator Talk @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. SW & 7th St., Washington, DC 20560
Saturday, May 11 – 9-1pm – Arlington Mill Farmer’s Market, Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie Street

What's Your Sign? by Paul Shortt

What’s Your Sign? by Paul Shortt

What's Your Sign? by Paul Shortt

In What’s Your Sign?, the Truck will set up at various locations displaying and distributing signs by Florida-based artist Paul Shortt. Participants can select free, pre-made signs about daily life, consumption and the environment or make their own. These signs provide useful, funny and odd reminders, questioning how we engage in the public spaces that we encounter every day. There will also be a sign making station to create your own signs to take home. Check out the What’s Your Sign? project documentation on the artist’s website.

About Paul Shortt 

Wednesday, May 15 – 11-1:30pm – Central Plaza & 4-7:30pm Clarendon Metro Plaza at 3100 Wilson Boulevard 
Thursday, May 16 – 11-2pm – Food Truck Thursday, 220 20th Street
Friday, May 17 – 6:30-9am – Ride Your Bike to Work Day, Gateway Park at 1300 Lee Highway & 4:30-6:30pm New District Brewery, 2709 S Oakland Street
Saturday, May 18 – 11-3pm – Make Your Mark Festival, 3700 S. Four Mile Run
Sunday, May 19 – 12-6pm – Quarter Fest, Ballston Quarter, 4238 Wilson Boulevard
Saturday, September 21 – last day TBD:  pop-up display in lobby without Truck- while supplies last – Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street

Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather

Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather

Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather

Learn about basic and early principles of electricity by operating a sound machine designed by Guggenheim Fellow and Baltimore artist Neil FeatherThis interactive sound sculpture re-uses scientific and mechanical tools like switches and electromagnetic coils – all technology developed before the 1860’s. Activate the sculpture by cranking a bicycle wheel, pushing buttons and switches and turning knobs to make your own sound composition.   If you have questions – ask the artist Neil who will be standing by your side in this journey through science, sound and history!

About Neil Feather

Thursday, May 30 – 11-2pm – on the plaza at the entrance to the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard – be sure and check out Made in Arlington indoors, same time!
Saturday, June 8 – 9-3pm – Rock ‘n Recycle- Solid Waste Bureau Open House, 2700 S Taylor Street, (go to the top of the hill- free parking on levels 2 and 3 of garage on left)
Saturday, June 15 – 1-8:30pm – Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike
Saturday June 22 – 10-2pm –  in partnership with Shirlington Public Library, plaza in front of 4200 Campbell Avenue
Thursday, June 27 – 3-7pm –  Ballston Farmer’s Market, Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor Street
Tuesday, July 9 – 3-7pm – Crystal City Farmer’s Market, Crystal Dr & 20th Street S
Sunday, July 14 – 9-1pm –  Fairlington Farmer’s Market, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford Street
Thursday, July 25 – 6-9pm –  Pentagon City Rock at the Row, 1101 S Joyce Street
Friday, Aug. 16 – 4-9pm – Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street S Rain or Shine
Saturday, Aug. 17 – 4-9pm  Arlington County Fair ,Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street. S Rain or Shine

Arlington Abstracted Mural at the Grove by Marc Pekala

Arlington Abstracted Mural at the Grove by Marc Pekala

Arlington Abstracted Mural at the Grove

Join us at PARK(ing) Day 2019 and stop by the pop-up plaza (15th Street North and North Uhle Street at the surface parking lot) to celebrate the mural’s premiere and meet artist Marc Pekala.  The Arlington Art Truck will be there with Pekala’s Arlington Abstracted project for anyone interested in designing their own colorful creation.

For the Arlington Art Truck, Pekala reimagined eight iconic signs for Arlington business past and present in his signature abstracted aesthetic.  The signs were broken into tiles that the public was invited to arrange into their own colorful designs.  At the end of the activations, a competition of the best participant designed poster was held with plans for the winning design to be transformed into a mural by Pekala at the pop-up plaza.  The winning design was created by Arlington resident Brandon M. Bailey.

The mural covers three parking spaces transformed into a pop-up plaza adjacent to “The Grove” – the last remaining vestige of the original Arlington County Courthouse site from 1898.  This project is supported by Arlington Arts and the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development – Urban Design Section as well as the Department of Environmental Services – Transportation Engineering and Operations whose repaving of the parking lot created a perfect mural canvas.

For more information on the Arlington Abstracted project and the businesses that inspired the designs, please visit this link.

About Marc Pekala 

Friday, Sept. 20 – 11-2pm –  15th Street N. and N. Uhle Street at the surface parking lot.

Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim with artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson

Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim with artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson

Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect

Learning to repair your clothing is a great way to conserve resources.  For the fall Arlington Art Truck project, artists Lorenzo Cardim, Charlene Wallace, and Angela Latson will teach participants how to sew a button while building community connections.  You’ll sew fun colorful buttons of all shapes and sizes onto fabric shaped like Arlington civic associations or neighborhoods to create a map of Arlington.  During this eight week activation, segments of the map will fill up with colorful buttons which collectively represent the diversity of our community.

In late October, at Arlington Central Library’s Community Engagement Space, participants will have the special opportunity to watch the artists sew the individual civic association segments together into a bedazzling representation of the community!

While sewing, chat with neighbors, make new friends, and share ideas on how to conserve resources.

Arlington’s Solid Waste Bureau and EcoAction Arlington are community partners this season.  A member of the Solid Waste Bureau will be on site to answer questions about recycling and reducing waste.

About Lorenzo Cardim

Saturday, Sept. 7 – 1-7pm –  Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway
Saturday, Sept. 14 – 8-noon –  Arlington Farmer’s Market, 1401 N. Courthouse Road
Saturday, Sept. 21 – 11-6pm – Clarendon Day, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard between Washington and Highland
Sunday, Sept. 29 – 12- 5pm –  ValleyFest @ New District Brewing, 2709 S Oakland Street
Saturday, Oct. 5 -1- 6pm –  Columbia Pike Fall Festival, S Adams Street at Columbia Pike
Saturday, Oct. 12 – 9-1pm –  Marymount Farmer’s Market, 2807 N Glebe Road
Monday, Oct. 14 – Wakefield High School at 1325 S Dinwiddle Street (not open to public)
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 9-1pm –   Fairlington Farmer’s Market, 3308 S Stafford Street —CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Tuesday- Thursday Oct. 29-31: noon-6pm – see the artists stitching the map together – Arlington Central Library’s Community Engagement Space located in the lobby near the parking lot entrance, 1015 N Quincy Street Rain or Shine
December 12 – February: see the final map sewn together on display in the lobby of The Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. (open weekdays 8-5pm, closed weekends and holidays)

Download a sewing kit and instructions by visiting our Arlington Arts at Home page.

 

lubberruncommunity1.jpeg Ties that Bind has been accessioned by Arlington Public Art in 2023 and is on display at the Lubber Run Community Center at 300 N Park Drive, just opposite the information desk in the Lobby.


2018

Bipedal Soundscapes by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden

Bipedal Soundscapes by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden Bipedal Soundscapes created by DC area artists Emily Francisco and Alex Braden lets participants activate a sound sculpture. By pedaling a stationary bike, participants power a five-tiered turntable housing vinyl records creating their own unique audio experience. Visitors controlled the speed of the turntables by pedaling on the stationary bicycle, allowing riders to dictate the way the piece is experienced.
Learn more about Bipedal Soundscapes

You Are Magic by Alicia Eggert

You Are Magic You Are Magic is a large-scale, interactive inflatable sculpture designed to inspire wonder and evoke the power of collaboration. When two people touch the handprint sensors and hold hands across the platform, the deflated sculpture comes to life. The inflatable fills with air, growing larger the longer participants hold hands, expanding into the words “You Are Magic.” But as soon as they release their hands the circuit is broken, and the sculpture deflates into a crumpled pile of fabric on the ground.
Learn more about You Are Magic

Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia by Kate Samworth

Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia by Kate Samworth Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia, created and illustrated by artist Kate Samworth, is a folding, pocket-sized manual of some of Arlington’s native plant, mammal, and insect species of Arlington. Using her artwork as a reference, participators enjoyed a quick hands-on art project examining and recreating the shapes and patterns found on selected species of plants, insects, and butterflies by using collage, watercolor and drawing. By doing this project it will help participators to identify these species and the ecosystems they support in their own backyard.
Learn more about Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia

Color Your Future Garden by Marcella Kriebel

Color Your Future Garden by Marcella Kriebel Marcella provided five different black line illustrations that you can choose to watercolor in your own way: Arlington seed planting charts that reveal the diversity of the County through a broad selection of vegetables grown in our community gardens in one of the four seasons, or a map of the Arlington Community Gardens.
Learn more about Color Your Future Garden

 

Arlington Abstracted by Marc Pekala

Arlington Abstracted by Marc Pekala

Artist Marc Pekala reimagined eight iconic Arlington business signs in his signature abstracted aesthetic. Mounted onto small magnetic sheets and broken into multiple 2×2 squares, the artists asks participants to let loose and rearrange them into new original colorful abstract artworks of their own. One of these designs will be selected to become the new ground mural in Spring 2019 in the Pop-Up park at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Learn more about Arlington Abstracted