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Celebrate 'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington' Oct. 30

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UPDATED, Oct. 16: An open-air celebration of "Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington" is set for Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m., outside the Edith M. Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave., East Arlington.'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington'

Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 31, 1 to 2 p.m. 

Join those involved for a celebration of the achievements of 12 Arlington High School interns who spent the summer working with artist/designer Tom Starr and mentors Rachel Oliveri and Cecily Miller creating a public art project to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on our community. 

In dialogue with volunteers and professionals in the fields of environmental activism and town planning, the interns developed 18 markers imagining landmark future events and strategies for mitigation and resilience. As a first step toward a townwide public art project, the marker designs will be installed on the walls of the Fox Library using a temporary street art technique called a "paste up."

Celebration speakers will include Jenny Raitt, director of the town Department of Planning and Community Development;  Starr and the student interns.

To help with logistics and Covid-safe arrangements, please RSVP, so organizers have a head count, to: ClimateFuturesArlington at

Climate Futures/Arlington is organized by ACAC in collaboration with Arlington Public Schools' Sustainability Initiatives and town planning.  Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and contributions from Arlington DPW, Sustainable Arlington and individual supporters.

Those involved are grateful to the many community groups, town commissions and town departments who generously participated in making this project a success, and to the Fox Library for hosting our wheat-paste installation.

Art by Chanek Thervil at RepHAIRation through NovemberChanek Thervil installed at RepHAIRationChanel Thervil, left, gestures toward "Tender" with store co-owner Sipho Mangcu.

This fall, Haitian American artist Chanel Thervil comes to Arlington for a public art project focused on celebrating the town's black community.

The artist is winning wide recognition in the Boston area for her vibrant portraits; she captures and shares the essence of her subjects using a variety of materials, often framing an expressive face with dynamic shapes cut from wood. 

Chanel just installed two works at RepHAIRations in Arlington Heights. Stop by and take a look; both portraits will be on view through the end of November.

RepHAIRations is at 1339 Mass. Ave., in the Heights.

Balance: Call for artists
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Nature in the Balance

With the state of Earth itself hanging in a balance and the continuation of our own species and countless others at stake, what are we fighting for and how is that illustrated in our art? What are some of the solutions for achieving a future where nature and humanity can coexist harmoniously? How can we promote a more symbiotic relationship with the living world around us? How can we better strive to live as part of our respective ecosystems rather than apart from them? Ponder these sentiments, and in a few weeks we will send a recorded piece of music written and performed by the cellist Miranda Henne to inspire you further.

All artists, in any medium, are invited to submit work that focuses on our experiences of current environmental issues and what you envision as a more balanced future with nature.

Call for Art open to visual art, music, writing, performance, music, dance and other forms of art. Selected works will be exhibited at the Arlington Center for the Arts hallway gallery with a live performance by Miranda Henne. (Arlington Center for the Arts and the Town of Arlington are not responsible for artworks exhibited).

For submission guidelines, visit the Call for Artists page >> 

'Go outdoors,' art installation urges

"Go Outdoors -- Neighbors Arlington 2021" is part of a collaborative public-art campaign featuring upcycled, artist-decorated doors installed on bike and nature trails, in parks and greenspaces, and at cultural institutions to “celebrate reconnection with nature, our senses, healthful outdoor activity, and each other” to the succor of our neighboring communities emerging from Covid-19 isolation. 

Inspired by 2020's "En Plein Air" exhibition on New York City's High Line and the Umbrella Arts Center’s “Go Out Doors” installation in West Concord, Arlington's art doors join an expanding network of thematically connected installations in Carlisle, Westford, Concord, Arlington, Lexington, Medford, Groton, Minute Man National Historical Park, and eight villages in Newton including Auburndale; Newton Centre; Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Waban and West Newton.

Featured in Arlington are art doors by Janice Hayes-Cha, Jacky Pullman, Jill Strait, Jason Rudokas, Laurie Bogdan and Adria Arch. They are supported by Arlington Tourism and Economic Development, the Arlington Cultural District, the Mass Cultural Council, and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture.

Read more about this project on Arts Arlington >>

April 13, 2021: Cultural Council awards 24 grants totaling $17,774


This news announcement was published Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, and updated Oct. 16.




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