BEE the Change

970172_10151941566901324_7809360038521488933_nIn honor of Earth Week, ACA teamed up with Arlington’s Whole Foods to talk about the health of our earth, natural processes, like pollination and how we can help.  Together, we came up with the art installation, Bee the Change, which is on view at the Arlington Whole Foods on Mass Ave.

 

 

During our week long Vacation Arts Camp in April, our team of campers and staff made bees from recycled materials.  We used paper tubes, posters and old advertisements donated by Whole Foods.  We also reused their banners and painted signs to to display in the store.

 

 

IMG_2606All totaled, our campers made over 150 bees of all sizes and designs. Different age groups of kids contributed different aspects of the project, from cutting out the wings to drawing the faces.   The project was overseen and organized by our Counselors in Training, who helped install the artwork at Whole Foods.

The result is a beautiful swarm of friendly bees hanging over the café at the Mass Ave Whole Foods!  Be sure to check them out next time you are in the area!

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ACA Annual Meeting – ACA Celebrates!

In case you missed ACA’s 2012 Annual Meeting, here are a few of the sights and sounds from a wonderful night celebrating the artists and art-lovers who enrich our community all year long…

Gallery Opening

Gallery Opening for “Marvelous Journeys and Unexpected Adventures,” featuring 50+ ACA member artists. Juried by Lauren O’Neal, director of the Lamont Gallery at Philips Exeter Academy, and former Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts.

Award Winners with Lauren O'Neal and John Budzyna

Five Juror’s Award winners were recognized for their artistry and resonance with the “Marvelous Journeys” theme. From left to right: Margo Cooper, Lauren O’Neal-juror, John Budzyna-Executive Director of ACA, Jeanne-Marie Crede, Dan Cianfarini, Gloria Calderon-Saenz, Connie Chamberlain.

Presentation of the 2012 Alan McClennen Community Arts Award to Adria Arch and Don Benjamin for their leadership of Arlington Public Art.  APA's first large-scale project, the Spy Pond Mural, was completed this fall.  Congratulations Adria and Don!

Presentation of the 2012 Alan McClennen Community Arts Award to Adria Arch and Don Benjamin for their leadership of Arlington Public Art. APA’s first large-scale project, the Spy Pond Mural, was completed this fall. Congratulations Adria and Don!

Volunteer Recognition - Volunteers help make ACA's a vibrant and exciting place for the Arts! This year, Morgan Jackson and Melanie Wisner went above and beyond to help out at ACA - thank you Morgan and Melanie!!

Volunteer Recognition – Volunteers help make ACA a vibrant and exciting place for the Arts! This year, Morgan Jackson and Melanie Wisner went above and beyond to help out at ACA – thank you Morgan and Melanie!!

Many thanks to Dan Fox and all the players from Dan's Morningside Studio Jazz Ensemble for their music all night long!

Many thanks to Dan Fox and all the players from Dan’s Morningside Studio Jazz Ensemble for their music all night long!

One favorite moment from the evening - artist and ACA Board Member Gwen Chasan (left) poses with her friend Melanie, who was the model for Gwen's beautiful "Painting in Provence" on display, just behind them in the gallery!

One favorite moment from the evening – artist and ACA Board Member Gwen Chasan (left) poses with her friend Melanie, who was the model for Gwen’s beautiful “Painting in Provence” on display, just behind them in the gallery!

Arlington singer Louise Grasmere, former ACA Communications Assistant Lindsey Schust, Member Artist Grace Schust, and ACA Studio Artist Connie Chamberlain, in front of Grace Schust's new painting, "Surfacing."

Arlington singer Louise Grasmere, former ACA Communications Assistant Lindsey Schust, Member Artist Grace Schust, and ACA Studio Artist Connie Chamberlain, in front of Grace Schust’s new painting, “Surfacing.”

See more photos of the night on our Flickr Page.

Support ACA’s programs all year long with a gift to our 25th anniversary annual fund.

Arlington ALIVE!

The Arlington Center for the Arts was the scene of a lively public meeting last week, “Arlington ALIVE”: Creating a Cultural Destination” – a townwide meeting and panel discussion aimed at positioning Arlington as a great local destination for the Arts.

Stacie Smith of the Consensus Building institute (and an Arlington resident) served as moderator of “Arlington ALIVE”

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Arlington Center for the Arts, the Arlington Cultural Council, Arlington Public Art, the Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee, and Sustainable Arlington.

John Budzyna, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts introduced the sponsoring organizations.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine spoke about the Town’s commitment to Arlington’s cultural resources and said the Town is excited to be part of recent initiatives to expand public art in Arlington.

Adam Chapdelaine led the group through an interactive mapping exercise, identifying arts and culture spots throughout the town – galleries, theaters, art studios, arts-related businesses, public art sites, etc.

Meri Jenkins of the Massachusetts Cultural Council spoke about the power of the arts to shape a community’s identity.   A resident of neighboring Lexington, Meri said she often sneaks across the border to partake of Arlington’s many lively arts and culture opportunities.

Meri Jenkins, Program Manager, Cultural Districts, Massachusetts Cultural Council

Jan Whitted, owner of Art Beat the Creativity Store, and leader of the Capitol Square District, spoke about how East Arlington businesses have banded together to create the vibrant artsy Capitol Square District, which hosts monthly and seasonal community events.

Jan Whitted spoke about the many ways that business owners, town leaders and volunteers have helped to grow the Capitol Square District into a distinct cultural destination in East Arlington.

About 100 folks attended the event, which culminated in a series of breakout sessions focused on next steps Arlington can take to grow into an ever more vibrant arts and cultural destination.

Q&A before the breakout sessions.

Top priorities named at the end of the evening were:
1) Centralized communication, consistent branding reaching a wide range of audiences from within and beyond Arlington
2) A Big Arts event to promote.
3) A leadership committee to help implement priorities

Stay tuned for a full report coming soon. Meanwhile, please post your comments from the evening so we can continue the conversation and inform those who were unable to come.