Arlington has a number of arts programs that ask you to "come on down." What about a regional option that comes to you?
The Artmobile Boston does that.
Owned by Suchi Mumford of Arlington and Andrea Crowley of Lexington, the new business brings creativity your way on four wheels.
Crowley, the founder, is a former art teacher and art therapist. She got the truck rolling in 2014 where she designed the crafts/activities and developed the lessons she leads.
Mumford has been instrumental in developing the business side of the Artmobile as well as leading the lessons.
Mumford is the former owner of Indigo Fire, an arts center in Belmont, where she ran all the operations and taught classes. At Artmobile, she develops the business and helps with lessons.
The mobile art studio is outfitted with tables, chairs, windows, heating, air-conditioning and music. The owners drive the truck to a location, park and guests get on board. While the truck is parked, its staff lead guests through a creative art project. They typically book for one-hour events.
Art projects will vary depending on the age group. For kids, the pair will make decoupage trays, mosaic mirrors or soap carvings. For adults, they offer jewelry, painting wine glasses or board art.
They have 25 craft options from which to chose. "We are always creating new options to keep things fresh," Mumford said. "If you have a great idea for the truck, we would love to hear from you."
The Artmobile can be booked for birthday parties, office groups, friends or a regular class each week.
"The great thing about us is that we come to you," Mumford said. "All you have to do is climb aboard from wherever you are."
One of the great things about the creative process is that the truck and the space brings people together, she said.
Families and schools choose the Artmobile, she said, because the truck offers a creative space and instruction for crafts you take home that day.
"Your home or school doesn't get messy, and it's such a fun experience," she said. "The truck is like a creative think tank."
One of the great things about the creative process is that is brings people together, she said.
"When you find yourself on the truck painting or pasting, the mood shifts and everyone starts to chat and get into it," she said. "We love watching people find their personal style and express themselves. The people who say 'I'm not creative' are usually the last ones to get off the truck."
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This news feature was published Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
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