On Saturday, April 9, the Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission met with Sarah Arney, President of the Arlington Arts Council for a walking tour of public art located throughout the City of Arlington.
The Commission members viewed a number of painted murals and artwork located in parks. They also visited Arlington’s natural amphitheatre, a venue for performances and concerts held throughout the spring and summer. The Commission toured the Arlington Hospital, which was filled with art, including a Zen garden and a Children’s Challenge Art display.
The Arlington Arts Council, a non-profit organization, hosts a number of special arts events and programs that occur throughout the year such as Art at the Eagle Festival, Sweet & Hot Musical, Art at the Street Fair, Art in the Barn in June, Art in the Park and art classes for children. They also provide street banners for local businesses.
“It was a very informative and exciting trip for our commission,” said Chair Judy Ryan. “We left Arlington inspired and optimistic that Mountlake Terrace can become a thriving arts and cultural community and attract visitors year round.”
“The Arts Council of Arlington and their city leaders are building a strong arts and cultural community, which not only enhances their city, but is also growing their economy,” said Councilmember Rick Ryan, liaison to the Arts Advisory Commission. “A strong arts community could benefit our economic vitality as we revitalize our town center.”
The tour provided the Arts Advisory Commission with ideas about potential special events and programs for the City of Mountlake Terrace.