Arlington County is in the process of updating the 2004 Public Art Master Plan (PAMP). The update will revisit the vision, opportunities, locations, themes, strategies, criteria, priorities and procedures outlined in the original plan, taking into consideration the changes that have occurred in Arlington since it was adopted. The PAMP update will coordinate with findings from the 2016 Arlington Arts strategic planning process, and other County plans that are expected to be completed within the year, including the Public Spaces Master Plan (POPS), the Four Mile Run Valley Area Plan, and the Lee Highway Visioning Study.
Please help us shape the future of public art in Arlington! Public outreach efforts will include a questionnaire, interviews, focus groups, open house (in coordination with the Public Spaces Master Plan update) and interactive artist engagement activities.
The questionnaire is now closed. We received 495 responses and thank everyone who filled it out!
▪ Public Meetings
We are partnering with the Public Spaces Master Plan update and will be at two of their upcoming public meetings. We hope that you can join us on:
-Thursday, July 13, 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Arlington Mill Community Center Gym (909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
-Friday, July 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Courthouse Plaza Lobby (2100 Clarendon Boulevard)
▪ HOME @Arlington with Sushmita Mazumdar
Arlington-based artist Sushmita Mazumdar will be conducting a book making project across the County throughout the summer and fall. Participants will create an origami-style book that encourages them to think about and respond to the bigger idea of home, which includes public art and public spaces. The books will be displayed in the lobby of Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Boulevard), creating colorful city blocks where the art, stories, likes and hopes of Arlingtonians from all over the County come together. Stop by and create a book at the following locations and dates:
-Thursday, June 29, 3:00 to 7:00 PM – FRESHFARM Ballston Market (901 North Taylor Street)
-Wednesday, July 12, 4:00 to 5:00 PM – Kindness Club at Central Library for rising grades K-5 (1015 N Quincy Street)
-Thursday, July 13, 7:00 to 9:00 PM – Public Spaces Master Plan Public Meeting (Arlington Mill Community Center Gym, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
-Friday, July 14, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Public Spaces Master Plan Open House (Courthouse Plaza Lobby, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard)
-Wednesday, July 19, 4:00 to 8:00 PM – FRESHFARM Rosslyn Market (1800 N. Lynn Street)
-Sunday, August 6, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Columbia Pike Farmers Market (Rite Aid at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive)
-Friday – Sunday, August 18 – 20, Arlington County Fair (Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South)
-Sunday, August 27, Buckingham Community Festival
-Friday, September 15, Park(ing) Day (2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Parking Lot mural)
-Saturday, September 16, Nauck Pride Day (Drew Model Elementary School, 3500 23rd Street South)
-Sunday, October 8, Latino American Festival (TBD)
We are adding additional events every week, check back for an updated list.
▪ Rosslyn Public Art Walking Tours with Graham Coreil-Allen
Join one of Arlington County’s Public Artists in Residence, Graham Coreil-Allen, for one of three Rosslyn Public Art Walking Tours to learn about the origins of public art in Arlington and about Rosslyn’s celebrated collection. During the tours, participants will discover the history, design, and purpose of Rosslyn’s works of public art. Taking advantage of Rosslyn’s pedestrian-friendly character, the tours will also explore a robust network of spectacular and hidden public spaces. Tours are in partnership with the Rosslyn BID and WalkArlington. The tours are free but registration here is required. Tours are scheduled for the following dates and will meet at Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn Street:
-Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 to 8:00 PM (Rosslyn Farmers Market Day)
-Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 to 9:30 AM (Dark Star Park Day – concluding at the Park for shadow alignment at 9:32am)
-Saturday, August 12, 2:00 to 3:30 PM
▪ Get to Know Your Art: #ARLPublic Art
Along with the planning process, Arlington public art will be providing opportunities for the community to learn how the current public art collection contributes to the everyday quality of life in Arlington. Follow and tag our projects on social media with #ARLPublicArt.
▪ Check back for updates on information, activities and special programs.