The Arlington Cultural Council is proud to announce that during our reception celebrating the 2009 grant recipients there will be a special presentation of a 2009 Gold Star Award by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the Arlington Heights Bus Depot Community Mural Project . This is a very special honor for exemplary projects funded by local cultural councils across the state. These projects celebrate diversity, foster collaboration, showcase artistic excellence, and provide learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. The reception is Monday April 6, 6:00-7:30 at Town Hall in the 2nd floor conference room. Light refreshments will be served.

Last fall, a group of students from Dearborn Academy designed and painted Arlington’s first public mural under the direction of artists Tova Speter, Anyah Lee and LeeAnn Love and with the help of community members. Celebrating Arlington’s past and present, the mural highlights historical buildings and events including Paul Revere’s ride, the Old Schwamb Mill, Uncle Sam, and the old trolleys as well present day landmarks such as the Minuteman Bike Path and Spy Pond.

Students worked throughout September and October 2008 to paint the design they created during a series of workshops last year, and were joined by the general community who participated in a Community Painting Day in September. The mural was funded in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a project grant, and supported by the Town Manager’s office and the MBTA.

A mural dedication celebration took place Friday October 31 at the bus depot. Speakers included:
Daniel A. Grabauskas, General Manager, MBTA Sean Garballey, State Representative Sharon Shaloo, Arlington Cultural Council Howard Rossman, principal, Dearborn Academy Enrique Velasquez, student artist.