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March 21, 2024

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Save the Date for the Arlington Art Truck 2024 season!

The Arlington Art Truck is a curated mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage the public from April to October in interactive art projects designed to blur the line between participant and presenter, citizen and government.


Climate Hope

Climate Hope
by Monica Jahan Bose

April-May 2024

Contribute to a community created art project by writing a poem, pledge, or an illustration focused on climate change directly onto a hand woven 18-foot-long cotton sari that is from Monica Jahan Bose’s ancestral village in Bangladesh and has been adorned with climate themed wood block prints. A representative from EcoAction Arlington or Climate4Change will be with us to help you write your poems and pledges. On the last day, the public can be a part of a procession with over 70 feet of saris through an Arlington neighborhood and by a waterway. More


What Is Your Guidepost

What Is Your Guidepost
by Molly McCracken

June-July 2024

A stack of rocks along a path to help with wayfinding is called a cairn, a term taken from Scottish Gaelic. Artist Molly McCracken uses pieces of paper in the shapes of rocks to make paper cairns as wayfinding art, a meditative form of seeking balance and being mindful of her surroundings. For this project, select hand painted and cut “paper rocks” from a tabletop viewing box and arrange them on repurposed cardboard postcards in the form of a cairn or guidepost, thinking about landmarks or monuments in your neighborhood and community. After making the cairn postcard, write a handful of words on the back that describe what you feel. While visiting, you may connect with a member from your civic association or a representative from the County’s Arlington Neighborhoods Program to chat about opportunities where you can be more involved with your community. Postcards will be dropped in the Art Truck mailbox and sent back at the end of the project as a reminder of what you were noticing in that moment of focus and observation. More


Let it Flow

Let It Flow
by Scott Pennington

August-October 2024

Match and toss bean bags with images of cotton swabs, dental floss, cat litter, human waste, toilet paper, cigarette butts, “flushable” wipes, and more with the proper disposal vessel: sink, toilet, trash can or the green organics cart. A representative from the Pollution Control Plant will be on site to answer all your questions that might come up with playing this game. This colorful carnival game built specifically for Arlington by artist Scott Pennington is designed to accommodate two to three players at a time making it fun for friends and family! More


What to See in Arlington March 21-April 3

The Prom

The Arlington Players: The Prom

Mar 23-Apr 7 | Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington Heights

The careers of four eccentric Broadway stars are struggling. They desperately need a new stage upon which to shine bright once more. Seeking out a cause, they head to small-town Indiana. Through social media, they have heard of trouble brewing around a school prom. Local girl, Emma Nolan, wants to take her girlfriend to prom but the homophobic PTA is on a mission to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow. Determined to transform lives and put themselves back in the limelight, the Broadway celebrities muscle in to change the town and give Emma the prom she deserves.  More


Diverse Romantic Visions: Florence Price and Brahms

National Chamber Ensemble Diverse Romantic Visions: Florence Price and Brahms

Sat, Mar 23 | 7:30 p | Gunston Theatre 1 | Long Branch Creek

Experience an unforgettable evening of music as the National Chamber Ensemble presents a captivating program that promises to inspire. Led by the acclaimed Ukrainian-born clarinetist Julian Milkis, the ensemble will showcase a captivating blend of romantic compositions by Florence Price, a groundbreaking African American composer, and Johannes Brahms, a master of the Romantic era. Milkis and the NCE will also perform moving renditions of popular short works by Bach, Schumann, Gershwin and more. Milkis’ profound musicality and unique flair will breathe new life into these timeless classics. More


Inspired by Nature

Arlington Artists Alliance: Inspired by Nature

Apr 2-26 | Gallery UndergroundNational Landing

Local artist and Arlington Artists Alliance President Cindy Donohoe's first solo show, Inspired by Nature, captures special moments from nature in her oil paintings. This body of work reflects Donohoe's travels near and far, including several plein air trips to France, Eastern Shore, and Ohio. She is pulled toward water and reflection, finding inspiring color, light, shadow, form, line, and life in nature. Join for an opening reception on April 5 from 5-7pm. More



Avant Bard: Coriolanus

thru Mar 23 | Gunston Theatre 2 | Long Branch Creek

A co-production with Longacre Lea, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is directed by Longacre Lea Managing Director Séamus Miller and is inspired by video games, virtual reality, and our cultural embrace of ultra-violence. The production reframes our understanding of the protagonist through a trauma-informed lens. The audience will be directly involved and implicated in the conditioning of a man who is bred into, even celebrated for, antisocial brutality—and then punished for his learned inability to ‘play nice.’ Longacre Lea brings its signature video presence to the co-production. More


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Women's Maker Fair

Women's Maker Fair

Sat, Mar 23 | 10a-2p | Central Library | Virginia Square

Celebrate Women's History Month with an arts and crafts fair! Support local, woman-owned businesses at a pop-up fair in Central Library. Visit any of the vendors to learn about their craft and artistic process. Their products will be available for sale. Presented in partnership with Bizlaunch. More


Art of Pink

The Art of Pink

Sat, Mar 23 | 1-5p | Metropolitan Park | National Landing

Art of Pink celebrates artists, makers and small businesses from across the region, featuring the Sari Sari Pop-Up Market by SAMASAMA. Experience a variety of art activities throughout the afternoon! Enjoy a special art experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington with Chris Combs (2023 Arlington Art Truck artist). Guests can dive into the world of digital art and repurposed technologies, including the chance to create light-up cherry blossom brooches. On the Central Green, watch in wonder as artists Julia Chon, Wingchow, Nia Keturah, and Kathrine Campagna engage in live painting of cherry blossom-inspired murals. More


Anna Malaika Tubbs

Arlington Reads: Anna Malaika Tubbs

Thurs, Mar 28 | 6:30-8p | Central Library | Virginia Square

Join Arlington Public Library for a conversation between author Anna Malaika Tubbs and Library Director Diane Kresh about Tubbs' work, "The Three Mothers." In her groundbreaking and essential debut, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. Doors open at 6p with a prelude performance by the Macedonia Baptist Church Singers. More


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Visual Voices: Late Comeback Press

Thurs, Mar 21 | 4:45-6:30p | via Zoom

Late Comeback Press is a Northern Virginia micropress run by Rachna Soun and Caroline Kim, specializing in avant-garde zines. Communication and existentialism are the center of their art, flourishing in the space before choices are made, when the possibilities can seem paralyzingly endless or distinctively finite. More