Arlington Unveils New Regional Public Art Project


Inspired by and extending The Umbrella Arts Center’s summer “Go Out Doors” exhibition on West Concord’s Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, this large-scale exhibition is a collaboration of nonprofits, visitor centers, and artists from across Greater Boston, installed on bikeways in Concord, Lexington, and Arlington.


GO OUT DOORS – NEIGHBORS is a regional public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoors activity, environmental appreciation, and inter-town regional tourism in Arlington, and on bike and walking paths throughout Battle Road and Metrowest.
Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC’s High Line, “Go Out Doors-Neighbors” extends The Umbrella Arts Center’s installation of artful recycled doors decorated by regional artists displayed on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord’s Cultural District from July through November 30. These artworks are surprising waypoints of delight whose imagery “celebrates reconnection with nature, our senses, and healthful outdoor activity” to the succor of communities emerging from COVID-19 isolation.
Go Out Doors asks: “How can we, as artists, draw more people outside to explore nature? What might we discover if, on foot or wheel, we find ourselves on a path through the woods – hidden from the roads we travel daily? What happens if we leave our electronics behind and find that steps from the front door a sensory world awaits?  What happens if we walk and bike daily to and from school and work? Or just for fun? What might we feel? What might change?”
Designs may emphasize local wildlife and environmental stewardship themes, or forms of healthful outdoor activity and companionship. We seek inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, and/or joy. Significantly, installation siting, spacing, and signage reinforces 6-foot social distancing.
If you are an artist or arts organization interested in participating in the Go Out Doors Initiative, please contact us at Arts Arlington! The details for submission are included on the Call for Artists page!
More installations are planned here in Arlington and in additional towns over the next several months.

“Silver Linings” by artists Jason Rudokas and Laurie Bogdan, representing ArtLinks Arlington.

“We Are Stardust” by 2020 McClennen Award winner Adria Arch is installed at the Uncle Sam Visitor Center.

“Hope” by Laurie Bogdan