BUBBLEFEST! A New Community Celebration in the Spirit of Porchfest

Life inside a six-foot bubble can be lonely. But bubbles are transparent. We can see out and find inspiration. Others can see in and feel inspired. Connecting the dots in these uncertain times is not impossible. It just requires more creativity.

Introducing BUBBLEFEST: A New Community Celebration in the Spirit of Porchfest. Since the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) will be unable to present Arlington Porchfest out of an abundance of caution during the current public health crisis, the ACA is excited to present a virtual opportunity to share the arts in all of its forms and in the spirit of this annual community event through Arlington Bubblefest! 

“The ACA challenges you to own your bubble, whether it be literal or metaphorical” says ACA Executive Director, Tom Formicola about this exciting new event. “On Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 12pm to 6pm, the public is invited to stake your claim in your living room, in your studio, on your porch, in your driveway, in a window, or anywhere you feel inspired to create and share your artform. Express yourself through music, dance, artwork, poetry or whatever. Do it for yourself first. And if in the process, you give inspiration to your neighbors, all the better.”

Artists of all media are encouraged to participate by documenting their performance, demonstration, or activity and sharing it through social media and ACA’s online platforms live on June 7, 12-6pm, the day and time that Arlington Porchfest would have been presented. 

ACA proposes this community project as a way to mark the day Arlington would have celebrated Porchfest. “Here’s an opportunity to remember the spirit of Arlington Porchfest on Sunday, June 7 by creating something within your own little socially distant bubble. If you want, you can share your creation, but you don’t have to. If you can’t wait to get started — then don’t! There are no rules – except to observe stay-at-home policies and social distancing guidelines,” says Formicola. 

To learn more information about this socially distanced celebration in the spirit of Porchfest and to find out how to participate, please visit www.acarts.org/arlington-bubblefest.

Photo by Matt Jatkola

Photo by Michael Buonaiuto


About Arlington Center for the Arts
The Arlington Center for the Arts is a community arts center devoted to the mission of “transforming lives and building community through the arts.” For the last 30 years, ACA has opened its doors to a community of artists, learners, and supporters of the arts and has committed to engagement, access, and inclusion of all art forms. In 2018, thanks to the support of many generous individuals in the community, the ACA finished renovations and moved into their new facility at 20 Academy Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476. To learn more about ACA, please visit the ACA website!