Pathways Update

PATHWAYS is an innovative public art initiative with the goals of exploring issues that matter to Arlington and enhancing the Town’s already strong sense of community connection.

Sculpture, installations, and paintings on the pavement enliven the route between Lake Street and Swan Place – the section of the Bikeway in the Town’s Cultural District. Artists Johnny Lapham, Freedom Baird, and Resa Blatman – who collaborated with local bird champion Ellen Reed – have joined Christopher Frost for this summer’s exhibition.  And you can also still see traces of Nilou Moochhala’s Rhetoric of Opposites, a series of word pairings painted in 2017.

Detailed information, including photos and artist statements, are here.  An audio tour recorded by curator Cecily Miller and each artist is here 



Sept 15: Pathways Artists Walk and Spy Pond Park Concert, PLUS Meet the Transformer Box Artists!

On Sunday, September 15, the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture will celebrate this season’s temporary public art installations along the Minuteman Bikeway from 3 to 6 pm. Activities include a walking tour at 4:30 with 4 participating artists
(Freedom BairdResa BlatmanChristopher FrostJohnny Lapham) and live music at Spy Pond Park featuring The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a group of superb musicians who play the sometimes soulful, sometimes rollicking, music of New Orleans Mardi Gras as well as originals by bandleader Ken Field. And that’s not all!  We have invited Odaiko New England – dynamic Taiko drummers based in Arlington – to kick off the celebration at 3 pm at the entrance to the Minuteman Bikeway near the Kickstand Cafe. At this location at 3:15, meet the artists who have painted 5 new Transformer Boxes: collaborators Laurie Bogdan & Karen McCarthyAubrey CloutierChi-Yun LauMolly Scannell and Shunsuke Yamaguchi.

Light refreshments will be available, including delicious pizza donated by Za Restaurant.

Many thanks to our generous funders, the ACAC Grants Committee/Arlington Cultural Council (a local agency) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble


Meet the Artist of ‘Room to Grow’

Mark your calendars – visit and talk with artist Freedom Baird at the site of “Room to Grow,” her installation on the Minuteman Bikeway. Baird will be present on select Sundays from 3 to 6 pm until September 29 (weather permitting):  July 14 & 21; Aug 4, 18 & 25; Sept 8, 15 & 22. From Linwood Circle, walk about 500 feet west towards the Center and you will see her fenced garden on the right.

Baird created Room to Grow – an outdoor room with recycled furniture and native plantings – to prompt reflection and conversation about the environment, sustainability, and the interactions between humans and nature.  Baird visits regularly to tend the garden and talk with neighbors, visitors, and passers by about a range of issues. Do you have a garden? Share your thoughts about organic techniques vs pesticide treatments, natives vs exotics, or how you learned to care for plants and where your aesthetic comes from. Are you interested in an environmental cause? Share your concerns about climate change, preservation of open space vs. development, protecting local birds, or reducing waste. Where do our attitudes about nature come from, and how have they changed with new technology and increasing urbanization? How do you think humans and nature interact, co-exist, and compete? 

More information on Room to Grow can be found here.  Enjoy features about Room to Grow in Your Arlington and on WBUR’s ARTery!

PATHWAYS was launched in 2017. If you have an idea for a project on the Bikeway, please contact our curator and public art consultant, Cecily Miller.