Youth Banner Initiative

Each year since 2016, teens living or attending school in Arlington have been invited to submit designs for banners. The Youth Banner Initiative encourages development in the visual arts and offers an opportunity for students in grades 6 to 12 to be part of Arlington’s public art programming. Funding is provided by the Gracie James Foundation in memory of Gracie James, a talented Arlington High School student who found solace and joy in the arts.
The theme for 2021 was PROTEST: LIFTING VOICES. Our artists this year didn’t back down from subjects such as social, environmental, and economic justice, protection of our earth and its creatures, peace, and love. The artwork from this year’s students will grace Arlington’s streets and demonstrate the issues that matter most to our students, and to all of us as a community. It’s about how you can use your voice for change and what things you can accomplish when you do; and most of all, these banners serve as a reminder of that which we wish to protect and speak out for, or against.

Winners of the 2021 Youth Banner Initiative

Many thanks to all the participants of this year’s program, and especially to the middle school and high school art departments of Arlington Public Schools. Without wonderful art teachers and Dave Ardito, head of Visual Arts, ACAC could not make this special program happen!
The banners will be hung sometime in April and will stay on display throughout much of the summer.

Ellen Baird, OMS

Rachel Barglow, AHS

Anamika Biswas, AHS

Sabine Bohnert, AHS

Allyson Brown, AHS

Charlotte Cheung, AHS

Mara Colosimo, AHS

Norah Conti, AHS

Emma Cox, AHS

Felix Diaz, AHS

Emma Dodge, AHS

Ana Gonzalez-Smith, OMS

Lucia Grunko, OMS

Oona Kathan, OMS

Ahran Kim, AHS

Julia McNeil, AHS

Ezinne Marie Onyemah, OMS

Kira Pontes, OMS

Sam Pirone, AHS

Grace Purinton, AHS