Courthouse 2.0


Courthouse 2.0

About Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic
Activations and Public Art Events
Participate in Courthouse 2.0
Past Projects

About Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic

Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic is a public art initiative aimed at sparking public conversation about the future Courthouse Square by exploring the interaction between civic space and civic life in Arlington in the twenty-first century.

This initiative is a platform for creative activities to occur within and around the Courthouse area in Arlington, VA. At Courthouse you can conduct your civic business: testify at a County Board meeting, get married, and pay a parking ticket or your taxes. We see Courthouse as the symbolic heart of Arlington, a public ‘town square’ where all Arlingtonians can gather to create, celebrate, or to simply relax.

Activations and Public Art Events

Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic encompasses a variety of projects including temporary/semi-permanent public art, performances, lectures, exhibitions and pop-up activations. New events and activities will be added periodically; please check back regularly. All events are free and open to the public. 

Meet and Greet with German artist, SatOne – Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: On the backside of Cosi, located at the corner of 15th and N. Uhle Street, Arlington, VA

The JBG Companies and Arlington Public Art invite the public to meet and socialize with German artist, SatOne as he paints a mural in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington. Join us for refreshments and conversation with this visiting artist and learn about his artistic process.

If you are unable to make the meet and greet, be sure to swing by to watch SatOne create his mural! SatOne will be at work every day 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 25 through Thursday, June 30. The mural is located on the backside of Cosi at the corner of 15th and N. Uhle Street.

Participate in Courthouse 2.0

Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic is an opportunity to engage people in new and creative ways and we want you to engage with us! Propose your ideas to publicart@arlingtonva.us

Follow us on Facebook at Arts Arlington and Twitter @ArlingtonVArts #ArlingtonVArts #ReimagineCivic 

Past Projects

Yoga Inspired Sculpture


Lisa Marie Thalhammer and WithLoveDC presented a series of free pop-up yoga classes where the postures, intentions and breath were directly inspired by public art. Through her vinysa flow classes, Lisa Marie celebrates sculpture and brings a renewed awareness of the art that surrounds us every day.

Yoga Inspired by Sculpture

Sunday, April 24, 2016
At this class, the breath, postures and intentions were focused on Echo by artist Richard Deutsch. 

Monday, May 9 at 4005 Wilson Boulevard 
At this class, the breath, postures and intentions were focused on Transparent Tapestry by artist Tim Tate.

Saturday, May 14 at Verizon Plaza at 1320 N. Courthouse Road 
At this class, the breath, postures and intentions were focused on Untitled  by Kendall Buster.



The Poet is In — Thursday, April 7, 2016

Poet Is In


Taking a cue from the “5 cent psychiatric help” booth run by “Lucy” in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoons, a local poet set up shop at Courthouse Plaza to create custom-made poetry for all who wanted. This program, part of National Poetry Month, gave over 25 people the opportunity to receive on-demand hand written poems based on any topic of their choice.   



Cards Against Urbanity — Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | Thursday, March 10, 2016


Cards Against Urbanity, a Kickstarter-backed  project from GreaterPlaces.com and DoTank DC have re-imagined Cards Against Humanity (CAH) for cities – with new, special cards dedicated to Arlington. Players took turns leading rounds with question cards designed as humorous and, of course, endearing takes on our community. Over 150 people joined us to played Cards Against Urbanity and added their own cards about Arlington. 



PARK (ing) Day — Friday, September 18, 2015

Park(ing) DayPARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places. 


Our PARK(ing) space at Courthouse featured a fun lounge where over 200 people met up with friends (or met new ones) to hang out and interact with artists Scott Pennington and Melissa Webb’s installation Political Punk Rack, a classic carnival game with a contemporary culture twist.