Almost 100 Arlington secondary students submitted designs in the 2019 Youth Banner Project and twenty of these were chosen to become large vinyl banners. These banners will be hung outdoors along Mass Ave. in Arlington Center in April and May, 2019. The theme this year for the banner design Arlington Public Art competition was “Trees”. The reception for all of the artists will be March 21, 5:00-7:00 pm in the Media Center at Arlington high School. The family of Gracie James generously donated funding for this project.
For the second year in a row, The Arlington Cultural District (ACD) has won the maximum $5000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to grow the ACD. Officially designated in September 2017, the ACD is a walkable stretch extending from East Arlington’s Capitol Square to the Civic Block in Arlington Center that is rich with creative businesses, cultural experiences, and historic sites.
The Arlington Cultural District’s Managing Partnership consists of representatives from businesses, cultural institutions, non-profits, and media organizations who work together to champion year-round creative arts and entertainment activities such as First Lights, Porchfest, Romancing the Square, Feast of the East, Arlington Town Day, Taste of Arlington and many more.
Following last year’s $5,000 MCC grant, which was devoted to designing and developing an ACD page on the ArtsArlington.org website along with other marketing materials this year the ACD will use the grant to promote ArtsArlington.org as the primary site for arts and cultural events in town, create a printed map and brochure of the ACD, and install ACD signage. With the remaining funds, the ACD Managing Partnership also looks forward to supporting additional cultural programming and public art within the district.
Andrea Nicolay, Director of Libraries, coordinator for the ACD, and ACAC commissioner, comments, “This is such an exciting time for Arlington now that arts and culture groups and creative businesses have come together under the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture as an organized body to help coordinate efforts, maximize resources and harness the amazing creative energy in this town.”