The visual arts in Arlington can be found everywhere in the community: from exhibitions on the Arlington ART Bus, to projections on building facades. Even residents create their own works like during our How to Video Festival. Learn more about our programs and how you can get involved.
Art on the ART Bus
Art on the ART Bus is a mobile gallery on one of Arlington County’s ART buses. Run by Arlington’s Special Projects Curator, Cynthia Connolly, this unique bus features original works of art. This dynamic connection between public transit and original art makes the commute as exciting as the destination, cultivating a vibrant arts experience for transit in Arlington County, Virginia. Initiated in December 2010, this bus rotates throughout the different routes available to ART bus passengers. Learn more about the program and view past exhibits.
Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic is a public art initiative aimed at sparking public conversation about the future Courthouse Square by exploring the interaction between civic space and civic life in Arlington in the twenty-first century. We see Courthouse as the symbolic heart of Arlington, a public ‘town square’ where all Arlingtonians can gather to create, celebrate, or to simply relax. Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic encompasses a variety of projects including temporary/semi-permanent public art, performances, lectures, exhibitions and pop-up activations. Learn more about these past and upcoming projects!
Arlington boasts an award-winning Public Art collection with over sixty permanent public art projects commissioned by the County, developers, and initiated by individual communities since 1979. We have hosted more than 40 temporary public art projects and are monitoring about 25 developer projects at any given time. Our projects have received numerous awards, including seven Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards .Learn more about the permanent collection, self- guided tours, the Public Art Master Plan, and resources for developers here.
Projections at the Daniel M. Brown Planetarium
Arlington Arts in partnership with the Friends of the David M. Brown Planetarium present Full Dome Projections where new media artists create one-of-a-kind digital artwork projected within the planetarium. This free event features multiple screenings throughout the weekend they are presented.
Check back soon for information on upcoming screenings this Spring!
How To Video Festival
The “How To” Video Festival features screenings of instructional videos that are informative and entertaining created by residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Prizes include: $250 Best Video Prize provided by the Friends of the Arlington Library, as well as an award for the Best “How To Library” video. There’s also a $250 People’s Choice award given to the video the audience votes for the most provided by LMO.
The 2017 competition jurors were This year’s jurors are Katelyn Attanasio – Arlington Public Library Maker Librarian and Paul Shortt – Arlington Cultural Affairs New Media Curator. Winner of both Best Video and Audience Choice Awards both went to Elaina Talbot. See her winning video above!
Dia de Los Muertos at Arlington Arts Center
For the 2017 Dia de los Muertos celebration at Arlington Arts Center, artists Edgar Reyes and Robin Bell workedollaboratively to produce a two-night only projection on the building’s facade. Edgar Reyes is a Baltimore-based artist who is best known for large-scale installations often created in collaboration with the community. His works frequently highlight inequality and call for social justice. Similarly, Robin Bell, a DC-based artist, is best known for his ambitious and socially-minded projections onto buildings and hotels. The celebration also featured music by Gaiteros De Sanguashinton.