CALL TO ARTISTS: Volunteers Sought for Painting Poems by Hand

If you have a steady hand, experience with paint, and enjoy typography, sign painting and/or hand lettering, please consider spending a Saturday or two with the amazing Kenji Nakayama painting haiku in storefront windows! This project is the culmination of Neighborhood Haiku, a public art/poetry mashup; we’ve issued a Call for Haiku to the community requesting poems inspired by the local character, green spaces, shops and cafes, and neighborhood spirit of Arlington Heights.

A jury is selecting 30 for installation in 25 storefronts along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington. Kenji is an accomplished sign painter and artist – he moved to America from Japan to study letterforms and the endangered art of sign painting. The Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture has asked Nakayama to give our volunteers a workshop, demonstration, and ongoing help on SATURDAY JUNE 19 AND SATURDAY JUNE 26 from 9:30am to 1:30pm in Arlington Heights.

“Brush Up” on your hand-lettering skills with an expert, and enjoy complimentary refreshments from Roasted Granola. Please write to with an expression of your interest and aptitude/experience. You can read more about Kenji Nakayama here and about his sign company here!