The ACAC has received a $2,500 grant from the Mass. Cultural Council to bring Michelle Lougee to town as Arlington’s first PATHWAYS artist-in-residence for a year-long collaborative public art project. Lougee is well known in the Boston area for her colorful sculpture, crocheted from recycled plastic bags and inspired by sea creatures, seed pods, and microscopic life forms.
Lougee normally works alone to execute her carefully crafted sculpture. Her goal in Arlington is to invite community members to help her create a larger scale artwork that will send a message about the power of a community coming together to reduce plastic and protect wildlife and the environment. Arlington has been pro-active in environmental efforts, banning plastic bags from retail sales and reducing plastics in school lunchrooms. The ACAC and its Public Art Curator, Cecily Miller, hope that Arlington residents of all ages will participate in this creative project that will carry an environmental message into one of the Town’s busiest spaces – the Minuteman Bikeway – where thousands will see it every day.
SAVE THE DATE: Dec 9, Meet Arlington’s New Artist-in-Residence
To kick off the residency, there will be a reception on Monday, December 9, from 7 to 9 pm hosted by the Robbins Library, one of the PATHWAYS project partners. The public is welcome to meet Michelle Lougee, see some of her work, and hear more about plans for free public workshops, where participants can learn her techniques and help make sculpture for the ACAC’s PATHWAYS initiative. Lougee crochets her inventive shapes from “plarn” – yarn made of slices of plastic bags. Please bring your own bags to donate to the project, especially newspaper subscription delivery bags.
Please contact Cecily Miller for more information or to sign up for workshops.