Silver Spring, Takoma Park Get New Public Art Murals

Silver Spring and Takoma Park each have a new temporary piece of public art created by local artists commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County through its Public Arts Trust program, #ArtHappensHere.

DTSS Named #7 on List of Top 10 Retail Experiences of 2021

Downtown Silver Spring has been named #7 on Chain Store Age magazine’s list of Top 10 Retail Experiences of 2021. “Can a retail center be so successful at reinvigorating a town that, 20 years after it first opened, it has to remake itself to catch up with what it accomplished?”

AHCMC Issues RFQ for Multimedia Public Art Exhibition

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has issued a request for qualifications for artists interested in being included in a temporary multimedia public art exhibition titled “Certain Party or Parties Unknown.”

Work Begins on Ellsworth Drive Large-Scale Mural

Work has begun on a 350-foot-long large-scale street mural on the pedestrian-only portion of Ellsworth Drive in the Downtown Silver Spring development. Chalk Riot, a Washington-based public arts production company that specializes in pavement art and interactive murals, some using augmented reality, is creating the work.

Takoma Park Commissions New Public Art Project Along Streetery

The City of Takoma Park commissioned new public art by artist Trap Bob, who painted picnic tables last year at the gazebo for a project of Main Street Takoma. Trap Bob has painted three tables along the Takoma Streetery on Laurel Avenue with designs celebrating the power and resilience of Black women, according to the Arts and Humanities Division that commissioned the work to demonstrate the city’s commitment to public art and racial equity.

Blumen Lumen Kinetic Art Now Operational, Open to Public

Blumen Lumen, the kinetic art installation at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road, is now fully operational and the site is open to the public. The installation from the Foldhaus art collective is a 25-foot tall group of “flowers” that changes colors and opens and closes based on weather information from the National Weather Service, which is connected to the art’s controlling software.

Takoma Park Project Creates Public Art Posters for Bus Shelters

In lieu of its regular public art exhibitions delayed by pandemic restrictions, Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division has created a series of posters featuring works by local artists. The seven different posters, designed by Charlotte Mann Lee, include 14 artists and are now on display at 14 bus shelters in Takoma Park in a series called Arts on the Move.

Art Collective Working on Installation of Silver Spring’s Newest Art

Members of an art collective are working on the installation of Silver Spring’s newest piece of public art at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. FoldHaus is an all-volunteer, San Francisco-based art collective led by Joerg Student and Jesse Silver, who are managing the work.