Young people in grades 6-12 who live in or attend school in Arlington are invited to create designs for colorful banners along Mass Ave. Twenty designs will be chosen by a panel that includes members of Arlington Public Art, a committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture. Students whose designs have been selected will be notified by the end of December. This year, panelists will also select three students to each receive a $200 scholarship prize to be announced at the spring reception.
The designs will be printed on vinyl banners by Arlington Flag and Banner, and will be displayed along Mass Ave. in Arlington Center from April to September. When the banners come down, they’ll be repurposed into handsome tote and messenger bags and will be available for purchase. A reception to celebrate all participants will be held in April 2019 during the Arlington High School annual art exhibition.
This year’s theme is trees in the broadest sense – their importance to our environment, the resources they provide, family trees – even characteristics such as life, strength, and growth that trees can symbolize. This is the first year that students are being asked to submit digital artwork as a preferred medium, however, drawings and collage will also be accepted to ensure the project remains accessible to any student who would like to participate.
Last year nearly one hundred students participated in a contest from which 20 pieces of art were chosen to be printed on vinyl banners displayed from April through September along Mass Ave. in Arlington Center.
The Youth Banner Project is funded by the Gracie James Foundation in memory of Gracie James, a talented teen who was a student at Arlington High School and who found solace and purpose in the arts.
Caption: Students at work in Visual Arts Teacher, Polly Ford’s class at Ottoson Middle School