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'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington' at Fox

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UPDATED Nov. 2: An open-air celebration of "Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington""Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington" drew an estimated 100 people on Sunday, Oct. 31, an event delayed a day by rain. outside the Edith M. Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave., East Arlington

The public art project displays the contributions of dedicated AHS student interns who worked on it through the summer with artist Tom Starr, ACAC Public Art Curator Cecily Miller and APS Green Teams coordinator Rachel Oliveri.

Families, town and state elected officials, representatives of environmental and arts organizations, and others cheered on speakers, including Starr and the organizers, Jenny Raitt from town planning, APS Superintendent Dr. Liz Holman, Alan Linov of Arlington Community Electricity, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel of ACAC and especially the students themselves, who spoke passionately about their research and concerns for urgently addressing climate change. 

In addition to the temporary wheat-paste mural on the Fox Library – depicting the markers developed by interns to imagine future climate events – Robbins Library will host an exhibition of their art project inventing adaptations to save animals from extinction during November and December.'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington'

Next spring, the markers will be printed on aluminum and installed in locations throughout town as part of a broader regional public art project by Starr. 

In dialogue with volunteers and professionals in the fields of environmental activism and town planning, the interns developed 18 markers imagining landmark future events and strategies for mitigation and resilience. As a first step toward a townwide public art project, the marker designs will be installed on the walls of the Fox Library using a temporary street art technique called a "paste up."

Climate Futures/Arlington is organized by ACAC in collaboration with Arlington Public Schools' Sustainability Initiatives and town planning.  Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and contributions from Arlington DPW, Sustainable Arlington and individual supporters.

Those involved are grateful to the many community groups, town commissions and town departments who generously participated in making this project a success, and to the Fox Library for hosting our wheat-paste installation.

Students inspire change, and ACMi records it 

ACMi covered the special public art project developed by 12 Arlington High School interns this summer working with artist/designer Tom Starr to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on our community as part of the Climate Futures Project.

Many thanks to Katie Chang and Jeff Barndt.

Read more on the new student-created project website here >>

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Nature in the Balance

With the state of Earth itself hanging in a balance and the continuation of our own species and countless others at stake, what are we fighting for and how is that illustrated in our art? What are some of the solutions for achieving a future where nature and humanity can coexist harmoniously? How can we promote a more symbiotic relationship with the living world around us? How can we better strive to live as part of our respective ecosystems rather than apart from them? Ponder these sentiments, and in a few weeks we will send a recorded piece of music written and performed by the cellist Miranda Henne to inspire you further.

All artists, in any medium, are invited to submit work that focuses on our experiences of current environmental issues and what you envision as a more balanced future with nature.

Call for Art open to visual art, music, writing, performance, music, dance and other forms of art. Selected works will be exhibited at the Arlington Center for the Arts hallway gallery with a live performance by Miranda Henne. (Arlington Center for the Arts and the Town of Arlington are not responsible for artworks exhibited).

For submission guidelines, visit the Call for Artists page >> 

Artist Chanek Thervil work at RepHAIRation through November

Haitian American artist Chanel Thervil came to Arlington for a public art project focused on celebrating the town's black community.

Chanek Thervil installed at RepHAIRationChanel Thervil, left, gestures toward "Tender" with store co-owner Sipho Mangcu.

The public met Thervil in an event featuring conversation and creative participatory activities on Saturday, Nov. 6, at RepHAIRations, 1339 Mass. Ave., in the Heights.

The artist is winning wide recognition in the Boston area for her vibrant portraits; she captures and shares the essence of her subjects using a variety of materials, often framing an expressive face with dynamic shapes cut from wood. 

Chanel just installed two works at RepHAIRations in Arlington Heights. Stop by and take a look; both portraits will be on view through the end of November. (Some photo shoot slots on Nov 20 are still available.)

Stay tuned for more information about this project.  In January we will premiere Chanel's online workshop on portraiture. Through video, Chanel will invite all of Arlington to engage in portraiture at home -- through drawings, collage, words or poems, photos or videos -- to capture the spirit of friends and family.

Learn more about Thervil in this brief ACMi segment, and learn how you can participate on Arts Arlington here >>

April 13, 2021: Cultural Council awards 24 grants totaling $17,774


This news announcement was published Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, and updated Nov. 16. 

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