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Public arts group wins $5K to complete East Arlington 'stories'

Proposed image for Arlington Stories

UPDATED, July 5: Arlington Public Art (APA) has been awarded a grant of $5,000 toward the completion of its final project celebrating East Arlington, from the New England Foundation for the Arts

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The grant will pay for commissioning a collaborative team of artists, led by Cedric Douglas of Quincy, along with Arlington artist Nilou Moochhala, to create "Arlington Stories," a temporary street-art installation in the Capitol Square neighborhood.

At left is a proposed image reflecting the spirit of the project.

The work will include wheat-pasted photographic portraits, ranging from life-size to wall-size, of 15 to 20 owners and employees of local businesses mounted on six to 10 exterior walls.

Amplifying this visual component will be recorded audio interviews available for listening by phone or via the project website.

Residents value local independent businesses, which are vulnerable to economic ups and downs. Some have existed for 50 years; others are new. 

Together, they reveal a diverse and distinctive aspect of neighborhood character.

Installation and presentation are scheduled for this fall.

This announcement was published Friday, June 24, 2016, and updated July 5, to add details and image.

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