PLARN ART TO SAVE THE PLANET!
DONATE BAGS, TAKE A FREE WORKSHOP – JOIN IN, GET INVOLVED!
The more people who participate, the bigger our sculpture will be, and the more impact on the Bikeway and the community. Plus you will see your work in one of the busiest public spaces in Arlington. You can participate in many ways:
- Donate your plastic bags — newspaper subscriptions, supermarket shopping and veggie bags, and other light weight (clean, not torn) single use plastic bags, especially color! We have bins at the Fox Library and DPW.
- Ask your friends and neighbors, your office or book group, or your child’s school or scout troupe to collect bags.
- Learn how to make “plarn” at one of our free workshops and prepare plarn for crocheting.
- Learn how to crochet at one of our workshops – make sculptural elements at home and at our monthly meet-ups.
- Help Michelle teach others how to crochet at one of our workshops — be a mentor!
Already know how to crochet? We would love your help! Join the informal PLARNING BRIGADE. Please come to a workshop or meet-up to hear how the project works. If you are interested in joining the BRIGADE, we would welcome your help as a mentor at workshops and monthly meet-ups!
If attendance is not possible, we can send you instructions via email. Just let us know by emailing PlarnArtPlanet@gmail.com
DONATE PLASTIC BAGS!
ATTEND A WORKSHOP OR MEET-UP!
Pathways: Public Art on the Minuteman Bikeway
The goal of the residency is to create a new sculptural work for PATHWAYS, the ACAC’s initiative to bring public art to one of the busiest public spaces of Arlington: a section of the Minuteman Bikeway located in the Town’s Cultural District.
Michelle will be developing a site-specific design during January and February. At the same time, she will lead workshops to teach people how to create sculptural shapes; these shapes will be assembled to compose the finished work. The completed sculpture will be installed in 3 areas near Spy Pond, between Linwood Street and Swan Place, joining work by Christopher Frost and Johnny Lapham.
This collaborative “craftivist” project was inspired by RIPPLE, a vibrant knitted work created by artist Adria Arch and the 57 member Knitting Brigade in 2017. RIPPLE transformed 12 trees with colorful patterns and unexpected textures, creating surprise and delight for the thousands of people who cycle and stroll by. Many of the members of the Knitting Brigade are working with Michelle Lougee this year, forming the core of our new “Plarning Brigade.”
We welcome new partners to join the project as it unfolds. Current partners are
- ACMi (Arlington Community Media, Inc)
- Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Arlington Center for the Arts
- Arlington Council on Aging
- Arlington Department of Public Works
- Arlington Knitting Brigade
- Arlington Public Libraries – the Robbins and Fox
- Arlington Public Schools Green Teams
- Arlington Recycles
- Old Schwamb Mill
- Sustainable Arlington
- 13FOREST GALLERY
- Town of Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development
- Zero Waste Committee
- The Roasted Granola Café
- Arlington Scouts
- Adria Arch
- Lorri Berenberg
- Leah Brouder
- Kimberley Harding
- Jill Manca
- Stephanie Marlin-Curiel
- Charlotte Milan
- Rachel Olivieri
- Elizabeth Rocco
- Aneliese Ruggles
- Amanda Troha