Arlington Art Truck
The Arlington Art Truck delivers cultural experiences to where you live, work and play. Outfitted with both digital and traditional creative tools, this ordinary van is a mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage you in the creative process! Between April and October, Arlington Arts will curate projects ranging from a pop-up gallery or workshop, to an impromptu performance. Immediately recognizable, the Ford Transit Van was hand-painted by internationally known artist and Fulbright scholar, Stephen Powers.
Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Art Truck is part of Arlington Cultural Affairs’ mission to bypass the traditional ‘four-walled’ model of a gallery or venue. Some art activations also will integrate a ride-along service to provide info and access to other County resources. From the farmer's market to the football field, look for the Arlington Art Truck... it'll be where you least expect it!
Bipedal Soundscapes by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden
Ride a stationary bicycle and activate a sound sculpture by DC area artists Emily Francisco and Alex Braden. The pedaling powers a five-tiered turntable housing vinyl records to create a unique audio experience. Visitors will control the speed of the turntables by operating — or riding — the bicycle, allowing riders to dictate the way the piece is experienced.
Community partners Phoenix Bikes and BikeArlington will be riding along with us. Phoenix Bikes’ nonprofit youth bike education program and their upcoming new space on Columbia Pike at the Arlington Mill Community Center. BikeArlington is Arlington County’s bike education and encouragement program. Their mission is to make it easy to get around Arlington by bike, so stop by and sign up for a class, social ride or pick up a new bike comfort map.
You Are Magic by Alicia Eggert
You Are Magic is a large-scale, interactive inflatable sculpture designed to inspire wonder and evoke the power of collaboration. When two people hold hands with each person touching one of the handprints kiosks, the deflated sculpture comes to life expanding into the words, You Are Magic. The sculpture fills with air, growing larger and brighter the longer participants hold hands. But, as soon as they release their hands the circuit is broken, and the sculpture deflates into a crumpled piled of fabric on the ground.
Color Your Future Garden by Marcella Kriebel
Marcella will provide five different black line illustrations that you can choose to watercolor in your own way: a seed planting chart with an illustration of vegetables in one of the four seasons, or a map of the Arlington Community Gardens.
Community Partners: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) with the Plot Against Hunger program. Before you leave the Art Truck, grab some seeds to “Grow a Row” for Arlington Food Assistance or grab a plant to learn to grow edibles indoors.
Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia by Kate Samworth
Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia created and illustrated by artist Kate Samworth, is a folding, pocket-sized manual of some of Arlington’s native plant, mammal, and insect species of Arlington. Using her artwork as a reference, enjoy a quick hands-on art project examining and recreating the shapes and patterns found on selected species of plants, insects, and butterflies by using collage, watercolor and drawing. By doing this project it will help participators to identify these species and the ecosystems they support in their own backyard.
Community partner: Plant NOVA Natives, is the joint marketing campaign of a grand coalition of non-profit, governmental, and private groups, all working to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia. Our strategy is to encourage residents as well as public and commercial entities to install native plants as the first step toward creating wildlife habitat and functioning ecosystems on their own properties. All are welcome to participate in this collective action movement!
BIPEDAL SOUNDSCAPES by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden
April 4 – Crosshairs Garage Races, Parking Garage at 201 12th Street South, Crystal City, 6-9pm
April 8 - Westover Farmer’s Market – 9-1pm
April 10 – Arlington County Public School (not open to the public)
April 12 – Arlington County Public School (not open to the public)
April 21 – Arlington Palooza – Alcova Heights Park – 1-4pm
April 26 – Phoenix Bikes Maker’s Ball – out front of 1750 Crystal Drive, (directly across from the Water Park), 6:30-9pm
May 5 – Arlington Mill Farmer’s Market (Columbia Pike and Dinwiddie Street) 9:00am -1pm
May 12 – 15th and Courthouse Road, 9-1pm, a Courthouse 2.0 project
May 23 – Clarendon Plaza, Clarendon Metro, 3100 Wilson Blvd, 3-7:30pm
June 2 – Make Your Mark (Maker’s Fair), 3700 South Four Mile Run Dr, (Arlington Art Truck will be in front of New District Brewing) 22206, 1-4pm
YOU ARE MAGIC by Alicia Eggert: Wednesday, May 16 - Sunday, May 20
May 15 - Arlington County Public School (not open to the public)
May 16 - Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, 11:30-7pm; Artist talk & Slideshow: 11:30am and 4pm. Free parking in garage!
May 18 - Central Place, Rosslyn, 1800 N Lynn St., 11-2pm - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
May 18 - Bike to Work at New District Brewing, 2709 S Oakland St, 4:30-7pm - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
May 19 - Big Truck Day, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr, 9-11am
May 19 - 15th and Courthouse Road, 1-4pm a Courthouse 2.0 project
May 20 - Taste of Arlington on the lawn of Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, noon - 6pm
GOING NATIVE: FLORA AND FAUNA OF ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA by Kate Samworth
June 7 - Ballston Mega Market, Welburn Square, Ballston Metro, 4-7pm
June 16 - Blues Festival, Walter Reed and Glebe Road, 12-8pm
June 23 - Arlington Mill Farmer's Market, Columbia Pike and Dinwiddie Street, 9am-1pm (TBC)
June 24 - Pops for Pets, Lubber Run Amphitheater, 200 N Columbus St, 5-8pm
June 30 - Arlington Farmer’s Market, 14th and N Uhle Street, 8-noon
July 10 - Crystal City Farmer’s Market, 18th and Crystal Drive, 4-7pm
July 29 - Fairlington Farmer’s Market, 3308 S Stafford St, 9-1pm
August 2 - Ballston Mega Market, Welburn Square, Ballston Metro, 4-7pm
COLOR YOUR FUTURE GARDEN by Marcella Kriebel
July 18 - Rosslyn Farmer’s Market, Central Place, Rosslyn Metro, 4-7pm
Behind The Art Truck Design
The Arlington Art Truck's exterior has colorful and witty illustrations hand painted by internationally renowned artist Stephen Powers. Stephen worked alongside Arlington Art Truck curator Cynthia Connolly to create a "parade of usual and unusual art supplies" including Cynthia's saddle shoes and Leica camera as a nod to their collaboration. Paying homage to his start as a graffiti artist and tagger, the blank side of the Truck outlined in dotted lines will feature magnetic interchangeable letters in his signature style. About the Artist