New Art for Local Transformer Boxes!
July 18, 2019

Arlington Public Art, a committee of ACAC, has commissioned artists to paint five transformer boxes this summer. You might be able to catch the artists in the act of painting while you drive, bike, or walk around town. This year, local businesses have offered to sponsor the boxes. We are grateful to the Kickstand Café, […]

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Pathways Update
July 9, 2019

PATHWAYS is an innovative public art initiative with the goals of exploring issues that matter to Arlington and enhancing the Town’s already strong sense of community connection. Sculpture, installations, and paintings on the pavement enliven the route between Lake Street and Swan Place – the section of the Bikeway in the Town’s Cultural District. Artists […]

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4th Annual Fox Festival Parade

4th annual Fox Festival a huge success! Hundreds of children and families kicked off the Feast of the East on June 15 with the Fox Festival Parade. Students from the Thompson School dressed as birds,butterflies and bats in costumes made with puppeteer Sara Peattie. They celebrated the pollinators that their school is working hard to […]

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Chairful Where You Sit this Saturday!
June 5, 2019

An exhibit and fundraiser featuring reimagined, rescued chairs Saturday, June 8, 11 to 6 pm [rain date June 9] Uncle Sam Plaza, intersection of Mystic St. and Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474 Free and open to all!   Chairful Where You Sit, now in it’s 6th year, has become a much-awaited community art event. Chairful […]

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Garage Band: A Pop-Up Dance Party and Celebration of Community
June 4, 2019

Post-Porchfest Dance Party with Live Music from the Bittersweet Band and School of HONK! Saturday, June 8, 6 to 8 pm [rain date June 9] Arlington Global Service Station, 334 Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474 Free and open to all!   GARAGE BAND is a pop-up dance party, a celebration of community, and a gathering […]

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AHS Rebuild Plans Benefit Town Arts & Culture
June 3, 2019

At its May meeting, the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture (ACAC) confirmed its unanimous support for the current Arlington High School (AHS) rebuild design. We regarded it as vital for Arlington, not only to maintain and improve the high-quality education that our town values.  Beyond the safety, accessibility, pedagogical and practical benefits, ACAC also […]

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Free Fox Festival Workshops for Families
June 1, 2019

Join us for a free workshop with artist Sara Peattie. Make a fox puppet out of cardboard and other recycled materials for the Fox Festival Parade, a celebration of the Fox Library, our animal neighbors, community and imagination on June 15. Workshop schedule: Sunday, June 2, 12:30-3:30 pm Wednesday, June 5, 6 to 8 pm […]

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Fourth Annual Porchfest on Saturday, June 8!
May 31, 2019

The Arlington Center for the Arts is thrilled to be presenting the fourth annual Arlington Porchfest on Saturday, June 8, 2019! Each year Arlington Porchfest unites live music with community participation in a day-long celebration of the arts in Arlington. Porchfest is a grassroots music festival where bands play on front porches across town and […]

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10th Anniversary of Jam’n Java Open Mic at Kickstand Café Friday, June 7, 2019
May 22, 2019

The Jam’n Java Open mic at Kickstand Café, which takes place on the first Friday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Friday, June 7, at Kickstand Café, 594 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA. The Jam’n Java Open Mic provides a free, live music venue for the Arlington […]

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Arlington Community Education Cover Art Contest
May 21, 2019

Arlington Community Education is accepting submissions of artwork for their cover art contest. The deadline is June 28, 2019. Winning artists will receive $250 and exposure to an audience of more than 50,000 in exchange for use of their artwork. All mediums are welcome, including watercolor, acrylics, prints, photography, oil, collage, quilting, assemblage, stained glass, […]

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Arlington seeks next Poet Laureate for one-year term
May 15, 2019

The Town of Arlington seeks a dynamic, self-motivated individual to serve a one-year term as Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate acts as the Town’s leading poetic voice and ambassador for poetry, encouraging the reading and writing of poetry throughout Arlington. This honorary, voluntary position aims to enrich the lives of residents by sharing and promoting […]

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Menotomy Concert Series Presents: Duo Amie
May 14, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall (730 Mass Ave) Menotomy Concert Series presents Duo Amie and friends featuring works by Arlington composer Seth Hamlin Program includes the world premieres of Hamlin’s Cello Sonata and Poptet And Art Suite by Stephen Paulus. Duo Amie is a Boston based cello and piano […]

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Arlington Center for the Arts’ First Annual Great Northeast Jug Band Festival
April 25, 2019

The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to be presenting New England’s first-ever annual jug band festival, which highlights traditions from the 1920’s and 30’s, and the modern evolution of this good-time music. With roots from Appalachia, New Orleans, and Africa, jug band music started in the south (notably Louisville Kentucky and Memphis Tennessee) […]

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Film: Reuse, Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet & Meet the Filmmaker
April 22, 2019

FILM: REUSE, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T RECYCLE THE PLANET & MEET THE FILMMAKER 7:15 PM, Regent Underground, 7 Medford St, with Arlington Zero Waste, Sustainable Arlington, & DPW A 60-minute thrill ride on a 48-state journey in search of reuse solutions to our waste problems. Following the film there will be discussion and Q&A with the […]

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Art Exhibition of Memorial Quilts through the Victims Quilt Project
April 20, 2019

Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims | April 20 – June 10, 2019, Opening Reception April 27, 4-6pm Arlington, MA – The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to be presenting Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims, a quilt exhibition on view April 20 to June 10, 2019. Throughout the history of […]

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Call for Artists: Magnolia Park Summer Music Series
April 19, 2019

Overview: Musicians wanted for the Magnolia Park Summer Music Series. Concerts are held on Tuesdays and rain dates on Thursdays with exception of the week of the 4th of July. Submission deadline: May 1st, 2019. Submit via email to: Organizers: Friends of Magnolia Park Amplification: No amps are allowed. Musician criteria for submission: -Be […]

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Reimagine a chair for Chairful 2019!
April 13, 2019

Our annual fundraiser and temporary art installation of re-imagined chairs will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 11 to 6 pm, Uncle Sam Plaza, across from Whittemore Park in Arlington Center. We will be part of Porchfest, an event sponsored by the Arlington Center for the Arts. The deadline for applying to Chairful Where […]

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2019 Youth Banners have arrived!
April 12, 2019

The newest crop of banners from our 2018 Youth Banner Project have just been hung by DPW on light poles along Mass Ave in Arlington Center. The theme this year is TREES, and each of the 20 images celebrates trees in many different ways, including photography and painting. The banners will up for several months. […]

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Call for Artists: Storefront Exhibit Space
April 10, 2019

Use the exhibit space at the former Sunbug Solar (1319 Mass Ave) to display your work. Successful proposals may include any artistic medium including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, light and sound, as well as poetry or prose (for example, part of a poem or essay that is enlarged and cut out of adhesive vinyl and […]

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Celebration honoring the 2019 Grant Recipients
April 4, 2019

We are thrilled to honor this years’ recipients of grants from the Grants Committee (formerly the Arlington Cultural Council) of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The public is invited to this free event that will feature music by the Arlington High School Jazz Trio, […]

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Arlington Youth Banner Project Announces Three Scholarship Winners!
March 23, 2019

A reception was held at Arlington High School’s Media Center on Thursday, March 21, to celebrate the twenty young artists whose work will be featured on vinyl banners along Mass Ave. in Arlington Center this spring. For the first time in four years, three of the artists were chosen to receive an award of $200 […]

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2019 Arlington Public Art Youth Banner Project Reception March 21
March 18, 2019

Almost 100 Arlington secondary students submitted designs in the 2019 Youth Banner Project and twenty of these were chosen to become large vinyl banners. These banners will be hung outdoors along Mass Ave. in Arlington Center in April and May, 2019. The theme this year for the banner design Arlington Public Art competition was “Trees”. […]

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Arlington Cultural District Wins Grant
March 11, 2019

For the second year in a row, The Arlington Cultural District (ACD) has won the maximum $5000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to grow the ACD. Officially designated in September 2017, the ACD is a walkable stretch extending from East Arlington’s Capitol Square to the Civic Block in Arlington Center that is rich with […]

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New Art Installation at Music Studios of Arlington
February 26, 2019

A spring inspired, three dimensional art work by artist Kaitlin Longmire has just been placed in the windows of the Music Studios of Arlington, located next to Helena’s on Mass Ave. near Arlington Center. This is the fifth art installation in a series begun last March, and made possible by a grant from the Arlington […]

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Call for Artists: Transformer Box Project
February 23, 2019

ARTISTS LIVING OR WORKING IN ARLINGTON (ages 18 and up) are invited to submit designs for a new series of artwork to be painted between  on transformer boxes along Mass Ave. The theme this year is IN MOTION, interpreted in any way you would like. Examples: transportation modes like feet, bikes, or buses; birds in […]

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Call for Artists: Chairful Where You Sit 2019
February 14, 2019

CALL FOR ART Chairful Where You Sit is a temporary outdoor art installation  and fundraiser for Arlington Public Art featuring reimagined chairs. We invite you to find an old chair and creatively transform it. Images from previous years’ Chairful events. This year’s event will take place on June 8 from 11 to 6 pm, concurrent […]

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Kickstand Cafe features Bikeway Haiku on its windows
February 13, 2019

Emily Shea, owner of Kickstand Cafe, has offered the windows of the beloved Arlington cafe as the backdrop for 10 of the haiku selected from this summer’s community public art project. Composed by Arlington residents and others who enjoy the Minuteman Bikeway, the haiku have been printed out in white adhesive vinyl lettering and adhered […]

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Seyyide opens auditions for dancers to be part of Sarab-Mirage company
February 12, 2019

SPRING-SUMMER 2019 Join Sarab-Mirage Dance Company experience from March to mid-Summer, on a performance-focused program in the Boston area. Our program offers training in performance skills, and periodic rehearsals in preparation for at least two performances in Greater Boston events. The program does NOT include technical training, participants are expected to continue their technical training […]

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Blue Jean Ball!
February 1, 2019

Arlington’s favorite winter arts party is back… the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) invites you to the second annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, February 2, 2019, so put on your favorite pair of blue jeans and come celebrate with ACA! A fun & festive, denim-draped, one-night-only extravaganze, the Blue Jean Ball (taking place […]

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ACAC’s 2018 Annual Report
January 31, 2019

2018 was a huge year for the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture, and we’re pleased to share some of the highlights and accomplishments in our Annual Report. We have created a solid foundation for 2019 to be our most successful year yet in our continued quest to help promote the thriving arts and culture […]

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