AiR Chanel Thervil – Photo Shoot

Portraits of Black Arlington

For her Artist-in-Residence project Portraits of Black Arlington, Chanel has been getting to know Black folks who live and work in the Town. The next phase of her project involves photographing people to generate reference imagery to create the final artwork that will be exhibited in a secure indoor community space – such as the Community/Senior Center or Library – in Arlington. Please help us shine a light on Black presence by participating! All who opt in will also be gifted with free digital copies of the photos taken as a thank you for their participation.
Documenting Black Presence in Arlington
Join the Photo shoot with Chanel Thervil
Sunday February 20, between 1 and 6 pm
At The Whittemore Robbins House, 670 R (for Rear) Mass Ave, a yellow house behind the Robbins Library. Click here to get directions to the Whittemore-Robbins House
We strongly encourage you to sign up for a slot here . For questions or more information, please email Please note that these Photo shoot Sessions are limited to people who identify as Black and work, live, go to school, or have another significant connection to Arlington. Feel free to bring family, friends, or colleagues who also identify as such.

Commonly asked questions

Q: Can I still come if I don’t sign up?
A: Yes, but we encourage you to sign up to avoid waiting upon arrival.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Whatever you feel most comfortable being photographed in. We’d love to see you the way you love seeing yourself.
Q: Will masking and social distancing be required?
A: Yes, with one exception. You will be asked to remove your mask when you are being photographed.
Q: How will I get access to the photos?
A: They will be emailed to you after the photo shoot.
Q: Can I bring a friend or family member?
A: Yes, and you can either be photographed together or separately — whatever you want.
Q: Can I see more of Chanel’s work?
A: Yes, take a tour of Chanel’s website, which has lots of artwork and videos.
Q: I haven’t met Chanel yet. Is there any opportunity to meet her before the photo shoot?
A: There will be the opportunity to meet Chanel, hear a little about her process, and get your portrait taken in a relaxed and fun 25-minute session.
Q: How can I get more information about the project?
A: Email or call with your questions to Cecily (who works for the Arts Commission) or Jill (who heads up Arlington’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives).
Questions and RSVP to:
Cecily Miller, Curator, Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture,, 617-331-1715
Jill Harvey, Director, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,, 781-316-3250

Chanel Thervil’s Artist-in-Residence is organized by the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture in collaboration with the Town of Arlington Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Portraits of Black Arlington is made possible with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Public Art for Spatial Justice Program, with generous support from the Barr Foundation, and through grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information contact: