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 was 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.
Ties That Bind: Learn to Sew on a Button and Connect by Lorenzo Cardim with artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson
Learning to repair your clothing is a great way to conserve resources. For the fall Arlington Art Truck project, artists Lorenzo Cardim, Charlene Wallace, and Angela Latson will teach participants how to sew a button while building community connections. You'll sew fun colorful buttons of all shapes and sizes onto fabric shaped like Arlington civic associations or neighborhoods to create a map of Arlington. During this eight week activation, segments of the map will fill up with colorful buttons which collectively represent the diversity of our community.
In late October, at Arlington Central Library’s Community Engagement Space, participants will have the special opportunity to watch the artists sew the individual civic association segments together into a bedazzling representation of the community!
While sewing, chat with neighbors, make new friends, and share ideas on how to conserve resources.
Arlington's Solid Waste Bureau and EcoAction Arlington are community partners this season. A member of the Solid Waste Bureau will be on site to answer questions about recycling and reducing waste.
Saturday, Sept. 7 - 1-7pm - Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway
Saturday, Sept. 14 - 8-noon - Arlington Farmer’s Market, 1401 N. Courthouse Road
Saturday, Sept. 21 - 11-6pm - Clarendon Day, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard between Washington and Highland
Sunday, Sept. 29 - 12- 5pm - ValleyFest @ New District Brewing, 2709 S Oakland Street
Saturday, Oct. 5 -1- 6pm - Columbia Pike Fall Festival, S Adams Street at Columbia Pike
Saturday, Oct. 12 - 9-1pm - Marymount Farmer’s Market, 2807 N Glebe Road
Monday, Oct. 14 - Wakefield High School at 1325 S Dinwiddle Street (not open to public)
Sunday, Oct. 27 - 9-1pm - Fairlington Farmer’s Market, 3308 S Stafford Street --CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Tuesday- Thursday Oct. 29-31: noon-6pm - see the artists stitching the map together - Arlington Central Library’s Community Engagement Space located in the lobby near the parking lot entrance, 1015 N Quincy Street Rain or Shine
December 12 - January: see the final map sewn together on display in the lobby of The Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. (open weekdays 8-5pm, closed weekends and holidays)
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. About Rachel Schmidt
Tuesday, April 2 - 9-2:05pm - Discovery Elementary School at 5241 36th Street North (not open to the public)
Thursday, April 4 - 9:20-1:30pm -Drew Model School at 3500 23rd South (not open to the public)
Saturday, April 7 - 9-1pm - Columbia Pike Farmer's Market, 2820 Columbia Pike
Saturday, April 13 - 1-4pm - Arlington Palooza, 901 S George Mason Drive
Wednesday, April 17 - 10-noon - EarthFest @ Arlington Mill, 909 S Dinwiddie Street
Sunday, April 28 - 9-1pm - Westover Farmer's Market, 1644 McKinley Road
Saturday, May 4 - 8-noon - Lubber Run Farmer's Market, 4401, N. Henderson Road
Friday, May 10 - Artist & Curator Talk @ Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. SW & 7th St., Washington, DC 20560
Saturday, May 11 - 9-1pm - Arlington Mill Farmer's Market, Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie Street
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. Check out the What's Your Sign? project documentation on the artist's website. About Paul Shortt
Wednesday, May 15 - 11-1:30pm - Central Plaza & 4-7:30pm Clarendon Metro Plaza at 3100 Wilson Boulevard
Thursday, May 16 - 11-2pm - Food Truck Thursday, 220 20th Street
Saturday, May 18 - 11-3pm - Make Your Mark Festival, 3700 S. Four Mile Run
Sunday, May 19 - 12-6pm - Quarter Fest, Ballston Quarter, 4238 Wilson Boulevard
Saturday, September 21 - last day TBD: pop-up display in lobby without Truck- while supplies last - Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street
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 and electromagnetic coils – all technology developed before the 1860’s. Activate the sculpture by cranking a bicycle wheel, pushing buttons and switches and turning 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! About Neil Feather
Saturday, June 8 - 9-3pm - 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)
Saturday, June 15 - 1-8:30pm - Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike
Saturday June 22 - 10-2pm - in partnership with Shirlington Public Library, plaza in front of 4200 Campbell Avenue
Thursday, June 27 - 3-7pm - Ballston Farmer's Market, Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor Street
Tuesday, July 9 - 3-7pm - Crystal City Farmer’s Market, Crystal Dr & 20th Street S
Sunday, July 14 - 9-1pm - Fairlington Farmer’s Market, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford Street
Thursday, July 25 - 6-9pm - Pentagon City Rock at the Row, 1101 S Joyce Street
Friday, Aug. 16 - 4-9pm - Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street S Rain or Shine
Saturday, Aug. 17 - 4-9pm - Arlington County Fair ,Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street. S Rain or Shine
Arlington Abstracted Mural at the Grove by Marc Pekala
Join us at PARK(ing) Day 2019 and stop by the pop-up plaza (15th Street North and North Uhle Street at the surface parking lot) to celebrate the mural’s premiere and meet artist Marc Pekala. The Arlington Art Truck will be there with Pekala’s Arlington Abstracted project for anyone interested in designing their own colorful creation.
For the Arlington Art Truck, Pekala reimagined eight iconic signs for Arlington business past and present in his signature abstracted aesthetic. The signs were broken into tiles that the public was invited to arrange into their own colorful designs. At the end of the activations, a competition of the best participant designed poster was held with plans for the winning design to be transformed into a mural by Pekala at the pop-up plaza. The winning design was created by Arlington resident Brandon M. Bailey.
The mural covers three parking spaces transformed into a pop-up plaza adjacent to “The Grove” – the last remaining vestige of the original Arlington County Courthouse site from 1898. This project is supported by Arlington Arts and the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development – Urban Design Section as well as the Department of Environmental Services – Transportation Engineering and Operations whose repaving of the parking lot created a perfect mural canvas.
For more information on the Arlington Abstracted project and the businesses that inspired the designs, please visit this link.
Friday, Sept. 20 - 11-2pm - 15th Street N. and N. Uhle Street at the surface parking lot.
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