UPDATED, June 7: AfterTom Formicola, executive director of Arlington Center for the Arts, said Porchfest 2020 was canceled because of the pandemic, Bubblefest was held Sunday, June 7, from noon to 6 p.m.
"Life inside a six-foot bubble can be lonely," the ACA says in announcement. "But bubbles are transparent. We can see out and find inspiration. Others can see in and feel inspired. Connecting the dots in these uncertain times is not impossible. It just requires more creativity."
Because the ACA cannot present Arlington Porchfest in these times of social distancing, you are challenged to create own your six-feet -- whether they be literal or metaphorical.
On June 7, you are invited to stake your claim in your living room, in your studio, on your porch, in your driveway, in a window, or anywhere you feel inspired to create and share your artform. Express yourself through music, dance, artwork, poetry or whatever. Do it for yourself first. And if in the process, you give inspiration to your neighbors, all the better.
"Finally, the Arlington Center for the Arts has been working hard over the last month to continue to find meaningful ways for the community to stay connected to the arts during times of social distancing. The ACA is regularly updating a Staying Connected forum, full of ideas, channels and resources for the public to access and get connected to the arts – and each other." He noted these resources:
Life inside a six-foot bubble can be lonely. But bubbles are transparent. We can see out and find inspiration. Others can see in and feel inspired. Connecting the dots in these uncertain times is not impossible. It just requires more creativity.
Since we are unable to present Arlington Porchfest as we would like to in these times of social distancing, ACA challenges you to own your six-feet, whether they be literal or metaphorical. On Sunday, June 7, from noon to 6 p.m., you are invited to stake your claim in your living room, in your studio, on your porch, in your driveway, in a window, or anywhere you feel inspired to create and share your artform. Express yourself through music, dance, artwork, poetry or whatever. Do it for yourself first. And if in the process, you give inspiration to your neighbors, all the better.
(Keep scrolling for more thorough directions on how to participate in Bubblefest this year!)
Stay tuned over the next two weeks as we reveal all of the fun plans we have to make this day special and to connect Arlington through BUBBLEFEST!
Need some help coming up with an idea?
Check out this great Arlington Bubblefest informational video made by ACA community member and one of our amazing Porchfest coordinators Michael Buonaiuto!
How to Participate:
Find a space where you feel comfortable and inspired to create and share your artform. This could be an interior or exterior space, as long as it adheres to current social distancing guidelines.
Create something! Sing a song, strum a guitar (or both!), paint, draw, write, dance…whatever you feel inspired to create. You could even make your own bubbles at home!Those with bands or other artistic collaborators are encouraged to find creative, socially distant ways to create together.
If you feel comfortable and have the resources to do so, document the experience. Snap a photo or record a video of yourself creating. If you participate on June 7, make sure you share your creation between 12pm and 6pm! More info on ways to share below.
If you prefer not to share your experience broadly, and just want to acknowledge the day that would have been Arlington Porchfest, that’s OK! You’ve done your part and we areglad to know you kept the spirit of Porchfest alive during a challenging year for us all.
How to Share:
If you would like to participate in Arlington Bubblefest in real time, you can sign in to your preferred social media platform (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and share your creation (photo or video) using the hashtag #ArlingtonBubblefest and by tagging theArlington Center for the Arts (@arlingtonarts). Posts created using this hashtag and that tag ACA will be shared throughout the day on ACA’s channels.
If you are eager to create something before June 7, but would still like to participate in the event that day, you can share your photo or video directly with ACA by emailing email@example.com.
Early submissions will be added to the Bubblefest feed on ArlingtonPorchfest.org as well as on ACA’s social media platforms leading up to and throughout the day on June 7.
How to Watch:
There will be many ways to enjoy Arlington Bubblefest this year!
Social Media – tune in to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts throughout the day to see shared posts from musicians, artists, poets, dancers, and more!
ArlingtonPorchfest.org – an updated feed of photos and videos from artists participating in Arlington Bubblefest will be accessible through our site arlingtonporchfest.org leading up to June 7 and throughout the 12-6pm time frame.
Neighbors – in the spirit of Arlington Porchfest, keep an ear or eye out on June 7 to see if your neighbor is sharing their creation!
This news announcement was published Thursday, April 30, 2020, and updated June 7.
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