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Ideas to enliven Mass. Ave. 'gap' unveiled


When the marketing committee of the Arlington Cultural District  sent out a Call for Ideas in June, it hoped for a community brainstorm about art and events that would enliven the district, with a special emphasis on “the Gap” – the area between Capitol Square and Arlington Center.

They were not disappointed. By July, 87 responses had been received to the fliers and signs that had been posted along Mass. Ave. and in the business districts.

“The ideas submitted were thoughtful, imaginative, and clever,” said Jan Whitted of Artbeat in Capitol Square, who initiated the Call for Ideas in her role as a managing partner of the district. “They give insight into the needs of the community and offer new ways of thinking about our physical space.”

According to Ali Carter, the town’s economic development coordinator, the ideas fell into 10 general categories: 

1.     Visual Art, including murals

2.     Words and Signs

3.     Small interactive activities

4.     Gardens

5.     Photo Opportunities

6.     Music

7.     Events/Festivals

8.     Tours

9.     Physical Spaces/Pop-Ups

10. Street Furniture/Amenities

“Some of the ideas were about building community through Arlington-focused activities that would engage residents,” said Carter. “Others would promote tourism by drawing visitors from other communities, and even other states, for unique events.” 

What happens next? Carter emphasizes that while there is no direct funding for specific proposals, the submissions are being reviewed by the ACD Managing Partnership to determine whether any ideas might fit in with existing efforts and which new ideas merit further consideration by the town. 

In the meantime, those interested in seeing the ideas submitted can view them here >>  

“This should be an ongoing conversation,” says Carter. “If you have an idea about something that’s not on the list, by all means let us know.”

 This news anouncement was published Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

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