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clients: Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture and Lexington Council for the Arts

Cecily Miller developed several new initiatives described below during her consulting work with the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ArtsArlington) and community partners;. In 2022 she was asked to bring one of them -- Storefront Haiku -- to the Town of Lexington.



Cecily invited Nilou Moochhala to develop her personal meditative drawing practice – started during the COVID-19 Pandemic – into a public art project.  Working in an Artist-in-Residence position, Nilou developed an installation in Menotomy Rocks Park based on her drawings and on new drawings created in response to 50 interviews with diverse community members.  The project was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and individual donations.



Cecily invited artist and illustrator Kari Percival to serve as 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence for the Town of Arlington.  Kari developed "No Place Like Home", a poster campaign supporting local organizations and volunteer groups with environmental missions. 


Cecily worked with colleague Rachel Oliveri, Coordinator of the Arlington Public Schools Sustainability Initiatives, to develop a youth-led version of Northeastern Professor Tom Starr's regional project, Remembrance of Climate Futures.  12 High school interns developed markers that imagine future events in the climate crisis. The interns created a temporary wheatpaste version o the markers for the Fox Library in October. Aluminum markers will be installed in the spring of 2022.  Read more about this project on the awesome project website built by the interns. Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and organized by ArtsArlington in collaboration with the Arlington Public Schools and Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development.

HAPPY PARKLETS - summer 2021

As part of a "Spruce Up Arlington: Get Your Sparkle On" campaign Cecily enlisted artists in improving orange plastic barriers with scrap vinyl and other materials.  PHOTO: installation by California artist Cheryl Sorg.

STOREFRONT HAIKU - summer 2021

Storefront businesses in Arlington Heights were filled with haiku written by people ranging in age from 6 to more than 90 years old.  Some were about nature, some focused on friends or family, and many featured food! The poems -- selected by jury -- were handpainted by artistic volunteers; renowned sign painter and artist Kenji Nakayama gave a lettering workshop to get everyone started, and helped everyone through two weekends of painting.  The project brought hope, humor, and vibrancy to a small business neighborhood hit hard by COVID.

LEXINGTON HAIKU - summer 2022

Working with the Lexington Council for the Arts and organizing partner Laurie Bogdan, Cecily recreated her storefront poetry project in Lexington Center. Once again artist and sign painter Kenji Nakayama worked with community artists and volunteers to paint haiku celebrating this vibrant local business center.  We organized a community wide haiku contest, held several workshops taught by Brad Bennett and Jessie Brown; a professional jury of three poets selected which poems to feature.  Partners included Carey Memorial Library and the Lexington Historic Society, which hosted a festive reading open to all participating haiku poets!


Arlington Community Media's "Talk of the Town" has covered 2021 projects in two comprehensive studio shows.  Watch them here:

Nilou Moochhala/Talk of the Town

Summer Roundup/Talk of the Town


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