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'19 youth project names 3 winners; banners are up

UPDATED, April 13: A reception was held at Arlington High School's Media Center on Thursday, March 21, to celebrate the 20 young artists whose work will be featured on vinyl banners along Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center this spring.

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The newest crop of banners have been hung by DPW on light poles along Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center. The theme this year is "Trees"; each of the 20 images celebrates trees in many ways, including photography and painting. The banners will up for several months. Learn more about the project, click here.


For the first time in four years, three of the artists were chosen to receive an award of $200 for special commendation, Adria Arch of Arlington Public Art reported. She said the jurors found it challenging to choose three winners out of a pool of so many excellent submissions. The criteria for the awards included originality, artistic excellence and adherence to this year's theme of trees.

The banners will be hung sometime in early April and will be on view for approximately four months.

The reception coincides with the annual spring art exhibition at Arlington High, Kaitlin Longmire, youth initiative coordinator, reported.

Winners of this year’s Arlington Public Art’s Youth Banner Initiative winners were selected from 95 submissions. The winners are:

Zoe Pappas
Arlington High School
Teacher: Ms. McCulloch

Finneas Avery Roels
Arlington High School
Teacher: Ms. McCulloch

Caroline Kenneally
Ottoson Middle School
Teacher: Ms. McKenna


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The project is sponsored and administered by Arlington Public Art, a committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, and funded by the Gracie James Foundation, in memory of Gracie James.

Judging took place in mid-December with three panelists. including Select Board membeer John Hurd, Arlington artist Kate Holcomb Hale and Adria Arch, artist and chair of Arlington Public Art. The group chose the selected artwork based on adherence to this year’s theme of trees, artistic quality, creativity and readability from a distance. A reception to showcase all submitted art will be held in April during Arlington High School’s annual art exhibition.

BannerThe youth banner initiative aims to promote and encourage development in the visual arts and to provide an opportunity for youth to participate in temporary public art projects in Arlington. The effort is geared to young people in grades 6 through 12 (and the equivalent home-school level).

Funding is provided by the Gracie James Foundation in memory of James, who was a beloved, artistically talented Arlington High School student. The program invites teens to submit designs relating to a specific theme to be digitally reproduced on vinyl banners which are then hung on light poles along Mass. Ave. in Arlington Center. 

The following is a list of the students whose work was selected for the 2019 Youth Banner Initiative. View their artwork here >>

Sean Bradley
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Cristina Nayeli Castillo
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Charlotte Cheung
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Norah Conti
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Emma Davison
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

David Delaney
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Kai Hazard
Arlington High School
Mr. Moore

Caroline Kenneally
Ottoson Middle School
Ms. McKenna

Anouk Lebrun
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Nina McNinch
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Micaela Morse
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Anoushka Oke
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Zoe Pappas
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Jennifer Park
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Mila Popovic
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Kiley Prunty
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Ben Rennella
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola

Finneas Avery Roels
Arlington High School
Ms. McCulloch

Ann Vaudo
Arlington High School
Mr. Moore

Lucas Wessel
Arlington High School
Ms. Rebola


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This news announcement was published Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, and updated April 13.

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