Arlington Art Truck
The Arlington Art Truck season 2 kicks off April 2019 delivering interactive art projects to where you live, work, and play!
The Arlington Art Truck is a curated mobile tool box for artists-in-residence who, from April to October, engage the public in interactive art projects all designed to blur the line between participant and presenter, citizen and bureaucracy. The Arlington Art Truck is currently nominated for the 2019 Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts.
This year, the Solid Waste Bureau and EcoAction Arlington are the two community partners for the season. Meet their staff at each activation and learn how to reduce waste through the artist’s interactive project- curated and developed specifically for our community.
Learn more about the Arlington Art Truck 2019 season below and see the past 2018 season here.
Trash Garden by Rachel Schmidt
Area artist Rachel Schmidt will create a landscape inside the Arlington Art Truck from discarded plastics that were used by the artist in her everyday life. Participants will wrap the plastic in paper printed with Arlington fauna imagery photographed by Drew Model and Discovery School students. When placing their final wrapped object into the installation, participants will hear recorded memories of our natural environment. The final installation will contain 53 pounds of plastic- the amount that a County resident throws away in one year. Through our participation, this project helps us to visualize the landscape of plastic waste to which we all contribute and which never completely disappears.
What's Your Sign? by Paul Shortt
In What’s Your Sign?, the Truck will set up at various locations displaying and distributing signs by Florida-based artist Paul Shortt. Participants can select free, pre-made signs about daily life, consumption and the environment or make their own. These signs provide useful, funny and odd reminders, questioning how we engage in the public spaces that we encounter every day. There will also be a sign making station to create your own signs to take home.
Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather
Learn about basic and early principles of electricity by operating a sound machine designed by Guggenheim Fellow and Baltimore artist Neil Feather. This interactive sound sculpture re-uses scientific and mechanical tools like switches, batteries, electromagnetic coils – all technology developed before the 1860’s. Activate the sculpture by cranking a bicycle wheel, pushing buttons, switches and turn knobs to make your own sound composition. If you have questions – ask the artist Neil who will be standing by your side in this journey through science, sound and history!
Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim and artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson
Learning to repair your clothing is a great way to conserve resources. For the Fall Arlington Art Truck “activation”, artists Lorenzo Cardim with Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson will teach you how to sew a button as part of a project designed to build community connections. You’ll sew fun colorful buttons of all shapes and sizes onto fabric shaped like Arlington civic associations or neighborhoods. During the eight weeks of “activations”, the segments of the ‘map’ will fill up with colorful buttons which collectively represent the diversity of our community.
In late October, at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center public lobby you will see the artists sew the individual civic association segments into a bedazzling representation of the community!
While sewing, chat with neighbors, make new friends and share ideas on how to conserve resources.
What’s Your Sign? by artist Paul Shortt
Thursday, May 16 – Food Truck Thursday, 220 20th Street, 11-2pm
Saturday, May 18 – Make Your Mark, Arlington Cultural Affairs, 11-3pm- 3700 South Four Mile Run
Sunday, May 19 – Quarter Fest, 12 noon - 6pm- RAIN OR SHINE:
SHINE location: Plaza at Ballston Quarter Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd; RAIN location: Look for us inside Ballston Quarter Mall: follow the signs!
Futura Percussion 1860 by artist Neil Feather
Thursday, May 30 – Art on the Plaza, on the plaza near 2200 Clarendon Blvd, 11-2pm
Saturday, June 8- Rock 'n Recycle- Solid Waste Bureau Open House, 2700 S Taylor Street, (go to the top of the hill- free parking on levels 2 and 3 of garage on left), 9-3pm
Saturday, June 15, Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike, 1-8:30pm
Saturday June 22, in partnership with Shirlington public library, plaza in front of 4200 Campbell Avenue, 10-2pm
Tuesday, July 9, Crystal City Farmer’s Market, 20th and Crystal Drive, 3-7pm
Sunday, July 14, Fairlington Farmer’s Market at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St, 9-1pm
Thursday, July 25, Pentagon City Rock the Row, 1101 S Joyce St, 6-9pm
Friday, August 16 - Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center - 3-8pm - TBC
Saturday, August 17 - Arlington County Fair, 3-8pm ,Thomas Jefferson Community Center- TBC
Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim with artist Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson
Saturday, September 7, Rosslyn Jazz Festival, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 14, Arlington Farmer’s Market, 8-noon
Saturday, September 21, Clarendon Day, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard between Washington and Highland,11-6pm
Sunday, September 29, ValleyFest @ New District Brewery, 12-5pm
Saturday, October 5, Columbia Pike Fall Festival, 1-6pm
Saturday, October 12, Marymount Farmer’s Market, 9-1pm
Week of Monday October 21: Wakefield High School- not open to public
Sunday, October 27, Fairlington Farmer’s Market- 9-1pm
Schedule subject to cancellation due to weather, see social media for most immediate updates. Check back soon for additional upcoming events!
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