Arlington Art Truck: “Ties That Bind” with Lorenzo Cardim

By Editorial Team on September 4, 2019
Courtesy of Arlington Art Truck.

Be honest: how many shirts or skirts have you discarded because you lacked the ability to quickly sew on a button or two? Learning to repair your clothing is a great way to conserve resources. Just as the title says, in TIES THAT BIND: Learn To Sew On A Button and Connect artist Lorenzo Cardim will teach you how to sew a button while building community connections. The project leads the fall season of activations by the award-winning Arlington Art Truck, September 7 thru October 31, 2019, at multiple locations and times throughout Arlington County.

The Artists will teach you to sew using fun colorful buttons of all shapes and sizes placed onto fabric shaped like Arlington neighborhoods. Lorenzo Cardim designed the project with Arlington Art Truck curator, Cynthia Connolly. Also assisting participants on-site will be artists Charlene Wallace and Angela Latson from the Anacostia Maker Space. Representatives from the Solid Waste Bureau will be with us so you can learn more tips on conserving resources and recycling best practices.

For the final phase, the Artists will be in-residence (Tues thru Thurs, October 29 – 31, Noon – 6pm) at Arlington Central Library’s Community Engagement Space (1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, Va) where you can see the artists stitching together the individual ‘neighborhood’ segments into a bedazzling map of the County.

“[A] prized achievement…,” said Washington City Paper of the visionary project curated by Arlington Arts Special Projects Curator, artist Cynthia Connolly, “The white van, painted by graffiti artist and muralist Stephen Powers, tools around the county from April to October with various art projects and ‘actions’.”

Lorenzo Cardim is a Brazilian visual artist and dancer. He received a BFA in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and an MFA from California College of the Arts. His work has been featured nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities, and film festivals in San Francisco, Oakland, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Milan, Italy. At the core of Cardim’s multi-media practice is a commitment to making work that questions social and political structures, which embodies themes of social injustice through gestural representations. He references Brazilian neo-Concrete Art, Post-Minimalism and experimental dance.

Charlene Wallace currently teaches fabric arts at Nonstop Art and is employed by District of Columbia Public Schools working with special needs children. Charlene remains current in her trade/craft by attending Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Charlene earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in management, in addition to graduate studies in Adult Education.

Angela Latson is a costume designer working in the DC Metropolitan area from Mitchellville, MD. She is an Artist-in-Residence at NonStop Art, LLC, focusing on soft circuitry and programming. Latson is currently attending Bowie State University, working on a degree in Computer Technology with a focus of Internet Multimedia and Design. She has designed for Prince George’s Parks and Recreation, Howard Community College, and Six Flags America.

Cynthia Connolly , as Arlington Arts’ Special Projects Curator, conceptualized and programs the Arlington Art Truck. A prolific photographer, curator, letterpress printer and artist, the Arlington-resident graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Integral to D.C.’s 1980’s punk music scene, Connolly worked for iconic Dischord Records and booked d.c. space, the noted avant-garde performance venue. In 1988 she published Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes From the DC Punk Underground (79–86) through her independent press Sun Dog Propaganda. Reviewed internationally, her photography is in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Launching to acclaim in 2018 with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arlington Art Truck was a a finalist for Americans for the Arts’ 2019 Gard Award for Arts and Community Life.. The Arlington Art Truck embodies theArlington Arts mission to revolutionize the traditional model of an arts venue. Packed with digital and traditional creative tools, the “Truck” is a curated mobile toolbox for artists. From April through October, four artists-in-residence hit the streets engaging the public in art projects which are designed to blur the line between participant and presenter.

The Solid Waste Bureau (SWB) in Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services manages and regulates solid waste services throughout the County. The mission of the Bureau is to make Arlington a more attractive and sustainable place to live, work and play for current and future generations by preserving natural resources, recovering resources and providing community cleanliness services. The vision of the SWB is to provide convenient, comprehensive, cost effective and conservation focused services that allow it to be one of the premiere solid waste management organizations in Northern Virginia.

Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, which delivers public activities and programs as Arlington Arts. Our mission is to create, support, and promote the arts, connecting artists and community to reflect the diversity of Arlington. We do this by: providing material support to artists and arts organizations in the form of grants, facilities and theater technology; integrating award-winning public art into our built environment; and presenting high quality performing, literary, visual and new media programs across the County.

Issues surrounding conservation and reducing waste inspired the entire 2019 Arlington Art Truck Season, which continues as follows:

  • Sat., Sept. 7, 1-7pm –  Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy.
  • Sat., Sept. 14, 8-noon –  Arlington Farmer’s Market,1401 N. Courthouse Rd.
  • Sat., Sept. 21,11-6pm – Clarendon Day, Clarendon & Wilson Blvds. (btw. Washington & Highland).
  • Sun., Sept. 29, 12-5pm –  ValleyFest @ New District Brewing, 2709 S Oakland St.
  • Sat., Oct. 5, 1-6pm –  Columbia Pike Fall Festival, S Adams Street at Columbia Pike
  • Sat., Oct. 12, 9-1pm –  Marymount Farmer’s Market, 2807 N Glebe Rd.
  • TBC: Wakefield High School- not open to public
  • Sun., Oct. 27, 9-1pm –  Fairlington Farmer’s Market, 3308 S Stafford St.
  • Tue – Thu Oct. 29 – 31, Noon- 6pm: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. (Rain or Shine)

The Arlington Art Truck Schedule is subject to modification and/or cancellation due to weather; visit us on social media for updates. View the full Arlington Art Truck schedule.