Visiting Artist Amos Kennedy
Fall 2018 – Present
Arlington Public Art is collaborating with the County’s Historic Preservation program to commemorate Arlington’s civil rights history. Together we are working with printer, book artist and papermaker, Amos Kennedy.
There are two approaching anniversaries that are meaningful to Arlington’s history: the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Stratford Junior School (February 2019); and the 60th anniversary (June 2020) of the Sit-In’s in Arlington. Working with visiting artist Amos Kennedy, we seek to bring attention to the places and events that are often overlooked in our collective memory of Arlington.
Amos creates prints, posters and postcards from handset wood and metal type, oil-based inks, and eco-friendly chipboard. Much of his work is inspired by proverbs, sayings, and quotes that are significant to the place he is working.
Amos will be visiting Arlington throughout the next 18 months to create letterpress prints. He hopes that every person living and working in Arlington receives one of his prints to discover something new about Arlington’s past.
Upcoming Events include:
Ellen M. Bozman Government Center Lobby Display
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA
Past Events include:
Feel the Heritage Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Charles Drew Community Center (3500 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA)
Stratford Desegregation 60th Anniversary Commemoration
Monday, February 4, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | HB Woodlawn (4100 Vacation Lane, Arlington, VA)
Lee Highway Winter Festival of Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Langston Brown Community Center (2121 North Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA)