ACAC Awarded Grant for PATHWAYS Expansion
October 31, 2019

The ACAC has received a $2,500 grant from the Mass. Cultural Council to bring Michelle Lougee to town as Arlington’s first PATHWAYS artist-in-residence for a year-long collaborative public art project. Lougee is well known in the Boston area for her colorful sculpture, crocheted from recycled plastic bags and inspired by sea creatures, seed pods, and microscopic […]

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Arlington Open Studios 2019
October 28, 2019

The Arlington Center for the Arts is presenting its 20th Annual Arlington Open Studios event on Saturday, November 16, 11am – 6pm! This event showcases artists and artisans from Arlington and beyond in a display of arts in all its forms and media. There will be more than 60 visual artists in attendance displaying work […]

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Call for Artists: Teen Banner Initiative

The Public Art Committee of Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture kicks off the 5th year of the Youth Banner Initiative! Teens in grades 6 – 12 who live in Arlington OR attend school in Arlington are invited to submit creative and thoughtful artwork around the 2019 theme – CYCLES. Winning artwork will be digitized, printed on […]

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Artist Talk: Outside|In
October 8, 2019

On Friday, October 18, beginning at 6pm, you are welcome to attend a special artist talk, hosted by 13FOREST Gallery. Outside|In features 3 artists: two of whom have just completed public art projects in town – Freedom Baird, and Katherine Shozawa — and a third, Michelle Lougee, who will be launching her project in December.  […]

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CircleSinging: A Playful Approach to Music
September 30, 2019

CircleSinging: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10am, Portal Crystal Gallery (489 Mass Ave) Sing a phrase, hum a few notes, snap, clap, stomp, and do a little dance. It’s all part of a novel approach to singing and building community that is grounded in improvisation and play. Developed and popularized by musicians such as Bobby McFerrin […]

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VITA PROJECT at Menotomy Rocks Park
September 23, 2019

Saturday, October 5, noon-4pm Menotomy Rocks Park, Arlington   The Vita Project is a temporary and participatory public artwork that playfully explores cultural vitality as a form of physical fitness.  Through interactive sculpture and performative prompts, the Vita Project invites the public to experience an inventive reinterpretation of the existing Vita Course – a series […]

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Enjoy Spooky ‘The Addams Family’ & More with AFD

Arlington Friends of the Drama presents “Addams Family” September 20 – October 6, with performances Friday nights and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays beginning at 3pm at AFD, located at 22 Academy Street in Arlington Center. This family-friendly show features a frightfully fabulous cast and set, and an array of spookily amazing costumes. The […]

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Support for ArtsArlington
September 17, 2019

The Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture is grateful for the support of many businesses, individuals, town entities, and volunteers that have supported the flourishing of arts in our town.  Among these: Town of Arlington Arlington Select Board Arlington Town Meeting Arlington School Committee Massachusetts Cultural Council Arlington Global Service Station C0lumn Health Kickstand Cafe […]

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Arlington Cultural District Produces “Explore” Brochure
September 4, 2019

A print invitation to explore Arlington, starting with the Cultural District–that’s the best way to describe the new Arlington Cultural District (ACD) brochure, which just hit countertops and brochure racks this summer. You can pick one up at Quebrada, Artbeat, the Fox Library, the Book Rack, and Town Hall, just to name a few. The […]

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Garage Band: A Town Day Pop-Up Dance Party!
August 28, 2019

Arlington’s Dance Party is Back to Cap off Town Day! Saturday, September 14, 4 to 6 pm Arlington Global Service Station, 334 Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474 Free and open to all!   After experiencing the best that Arlington has to offer at Town Day, head over to GARAGE BAND, an After Party organized by […]

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Pathways Update
August 27, 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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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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4th Annual Fox Festival Parade
July 9, 2019

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: friendsofmagnoliapark@gmail.com 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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