By: Claire Kitzmiller
Beautiful banners will wave on Massachusetts Ave. in May to greet pedestrians and drivers. The banners were created by students in Arlington. High school art teacher, Annie Rebola, describes them as “a really nice burst of color”.
In January ninety-five students from all over Arlington, submitted art to be hung around Arlington center. Of the ninety-five, twenty submissions were chosen to be turned into banners six feet tall and four feet wide. Students were encouraged to use any media as long as it stayed two-dimensional.
The theme this year was Compassionate Community. Students, ages 12 to 18 living in Arlington, were asked to submit art encompassing this theme. Rebola commented, “It couldn’t have been a better theme for the climate right now.”
Art director, David Aditto, said, “It ties into the communities response to hate…Arlington won’t stand for that.”
The contest began in memory of Gracie James. Gracie James was a student at AHS years ago, when she died in a car accident. Her family wanted a way to celebrate her life. In remembrance of Gracie’s love for art, the banner competition began. The bottom of each banner will read “This project was funded by the Gracie James foundation”.
When asked about the projects and its origin, Aditto, said, “It’s a wonderful way to commemorate her life.”
Martina Tanga has been the key organizer of the project for the past two years. Tanga spoke at a reception for all of the artists who submitted to the project. Matina helped to chose the theme.
The judges of the contest were Selectman Joseph Curro, Graphic Artist Jill Manca, and the chair of the Public Art Committee Adria Arch.