IMPACT Arts Residency


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Project Details

Project Partners: Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), Arlington Public Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington (MoCA Arlington)
Artist: Asa Jackson
Location: Columbia Grove and Columbia Hills apartment buildings, Arlington, VA
Date: January-March 2023

Residency Description: The 2023 IMPACT Arts Residency was developed jointly with the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington (MoCA Arlington) to serve the residents of Columbia Grove and Columbia Hills, two affordable housing communities located near Columbia Pike with a diverse population of Arabic, Amharic, Spanish, and English speakers. The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) hosted five community workshops and two engagement events led by artist-in-residence Asa Jackson, positioning this frequently marginalized community as the lead in a collaborative art-making process to produce a community quilt.

Artist Asa Jackson creates his textile pieces by repurposing fabric remnants often collected from within a specific community. While collecting fabric donations for his artworks, Jackson also collects stories from these same contributors, resulting in anthological quilts that metaphorically weave various cultures, people, and places into a unified work of art.

The Columbia Grove Columbia Hills community quilt by Asa Jackson will be displayed May 31-August 20, 2023 in conjunction with the Columbia Pike Documentary Project exhibition at MoCA Arlington, which opens to the public on June 2, 2023, 5 - 8 pm. Stories portraying the community will be highlighted in a video presentation alongside the artwork. The quilt will be installed as a permanent public artwork at the Columbia Hills residential building.

Learn more about our program partners: 

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)  
Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington (MoCA Arlington) 
Arlington Public Art 
Asa Jackson 

This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.