ACMi and ACAC Present Program on Public Arts Projects

Bus Stop Art, Arts/Business Collaborations Spotlighted in ArtsArlington Program

The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and Arlington Public Art have teamed up with ACMi to produce a new ArtsArlington program. The inaugural episode, “What’s with all those dots?” was created by Arlington’s Public Art Curator Cecily Miller and ACAC Commissioner Stewart Ikeda, along with ACMi’s producer Jonathan Barbato.

The program begins with a colorfully illustrated account of how the bus stop art program developed by Miller, in connection with this summer’s BRT rapid bus pilot program along Mass Avenue. It also features storefront artwork including James Weinberg’s mural on Za Restaurant.

Next, an in-studio interview details a collaboration between Arlington artist/activist Johnny Lapham and business owner Abe Salhi to introduce an artistic new design to the neighborhood surrounding Salhi’s Arlington Global Service Station. Inspired by the designation of Arlington’s new cultural district, the widely praised design further inspired Arlington Public Art to work with Lapham to expand it during the bus stop project.

The program airs on ACMi TV on the following dates:

Friday, December 21st 9pm
Saturday, December 22nd 12pm
Sunday, December 23rd 4pm

View the first episode “What’s with all those dots?” below!

Additional news coverage from The Advocate

Approximately 50 people attended the celebration, including two of Dallin’s great-grandchildren. “Hopefully this will get the name ‘Dallin’ as well-known as his statues,” said great-granddaughter Pat McCabe. Located in Arlington Center in the Jefferson Cutter house, the Dallin Museum exhibits almost 100 works of Dallin’s art, including approximately 50 sculptures, 10 paintings, and several coins and medals.

Two new artworks unveiled
To honor the occasion, the museum unveiled two new pieces of Dallin’s artwork:

  •  Rocks and Trees: Painting of leafy, idyllic landscape surrounding his Arlington home, depicting Dallin’s colorful, impressionistic painting style
  •  The Vision No. 1: 1927 portrait bust of Charles Lindbergh

Who was Cyrus Dallin?
Cyrus Dallin (1861–1944) was an American sculptor and painter who captured the dignity and nobility of the American Indian. He is most recognized for his heroic-scale public tributes in honor of America’s Indigenous peoples. The artist had a deep admiration for Native people, and he was profoundly disturbed by the crimes perpetrated against them by the U.S. Government.
Dallin created more than 260 works of art, including his most famous, Appeal to the Great Spirit, located outside the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In the midst of the immense suffering inflicted by their colonizers, this Lakota leader turns toward the sky, arms outstretched, seeking comfort and guidance from the Great Spirit. This was one of the most profoundly stirring pieces of sculpture in its day, and today it remains an enduring symbol of the strength and resilience of Native people.

Indigenous People of Menotomy lecture
The Dallin Museum and Arlington Historical Society presented a talk, “The Indigenous People of Menotomy,” on Nov 29.

Faries Gray, sagamore (chief) of the Massachusetts Tribe of Ponkapoag and Ellen Berkland, archaeologist, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, explained to the hundreds of attendees how Native people thrived for thousands of years, and the work being done to preserve and share their culture, language, and traditions.

Bill Turville is the fourth artist to show an installation of sculpture in the window at the Music Studios of Arlington, located on Mass Ave. in Arlington Center next to Helena’s. Bill is a long time Arlington resident, architect, and sculptor whose current installation was originally designed for the Blue Jean Ball fundraiser that the Arlington Center for the Arts hosted this year. The tubes of paint have the ACA’s new logo on them. The sculptures bring more awareness to the Arlington Center for the Art’s newest reincarnation on Academy Street. The art windows project is funded by the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council.