New Art Installation at Music Studios of Arlington

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 Cultural Council. The Art in Windows program is supported by the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Town of Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development. Artists were invited to propose designs for this space and were selected by a jury comprised of members of the Commission for Arts and Culture, the Planning Department, and the Arlington Cultural Council.

In Kaitlin’s words, “I chose to create a three-dimensional paper sculpture that would fill the vacant window with color and texture. Each leaf and petal were created individually, then assembled into larger flowers, arranged to create a vibrant, large scale work that could fill the window.”

Kaitlin grew up in Arlington and received her undergraduate degree in painting and her master’s degree in arts administration. She resides in Arlington with her partner and two children. Although mostly focused on painting, her children’s excitement for building has sparked a new interest in creating three-dimensional artwork. Last year, she and her son built a kinetic sculpture and raced it in the Cambridge Community People’s Sculpture Race, coming in third place.

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 flight, animals or humans running; or an abstract representation of movement. Designs should be bold and read well from a distance.

Submissions will be juried by members of Arlington Public Art, the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, and members of Arlington’s business community. A stipend of $300 will be awarded to each artist.

Application Form


  • Submit up to three designs per artist by April 15, 2019
  • Selected artists will be notified by May 1, 2019
  • Selected works must be completed  between May 15 and August 1, 2019


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 with the ACA’s event, Porchfest, and will be held at Uncle Sam Plaza across from Whittemore Park in Arlington Center.

In keeping with Chairful’s commitment to upcycling orphan chairs, our theme this year is SUSTAINABILITY: FLORA AND FAUNA.

Adults and older teens. Ages 14 and under may participate only with an adult partner.  All entries will be accepted.

All chairs will be available for purchase by the public for a donation of $100 and will support Arlington Public Art’s programs. Artists may request a percentage of the  purchase price or may donate the full sale amount to APA.

Applications are $10 per chair.

Click here to visit the Chairful FAQ’s page.

To apply, please use the Town of Arlington online portal.

Applications due by June 1, 2019

Chair drop off Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 8 to 11 am

Peoples’ Choice and Jury Awards Announced, June 8, 2019 at 5pm

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 to the inside and outside of the windows to engage and delight.

We applaud Emily for her support of the arts in Arlington, and we look forward to more collaborations with the business community.

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 by attending class regularly during this whole period. Again, participants must commit to keep up their training by attending classes every week (with Seyyide is most desirable for the purpose of congruence with the choreographic demands of the company, but if participant attends class with other teacher who provides similar technical instruction and challenges, it may be ok too, please discuss with the director,

Participants should pre-register at:
There is a $10 audition fee to register

Participants must attend one of the audition options listed and bring the following with them:

-rehearsal clothes
-veil, finger cymbals, cane

Saturday February 23, 2019
Studio TBA, Cambridge MA
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Video auditions will be accepted with a deadline of February 26, 2019.

$200 for the entire period (approximately March to July)
[There is no funding for this program at the moment, so participants need to contribute. There may be options for partial financial support for those who demonstrate a need].

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 at Arlington Town Hall from 7:00-10:30pm) will feature great music & dancing, food and drink, denim-inspired art and fashion and an irresistible array of “artful” silent auction items, including dance & theater tickets, lakeside getaways, and original artwork, plus this year’s “BIG RAFFLE” – tickets to see The Rolling Stones live in concert!

Swing Cafe will get the party started with their unique blend of acoustic swing, jazz, and rockabilly. Later, Shikiboo & Butane Blue Band will have you up on your feet and out on the dance floor with an irresistible mix of upbeat and nostalgic R&B, Mowtown, Soul, and good old-fashioned Rock and Roll.  No partner?  No problem!  We’ll all dance the night away together!

You will also have the opportunity to bid on an enticing array of artsy silent auction items, including original artwork and accessories; music, theater, dance, and museum tickets; and some fabulous one-of-a-kind experiences, including a night at the theater with arts & entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik; a trip to the Boston Flower Market with Derby Farms owner Barbara Popolow; a one-on-one photo critique with ACA’s beloved photography teacher Emily Belz, and a personal bike lesson with Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon!!  There’s also a New Hampshire Cottage getaway, and an overnight at the Westin Copley Plaza.  Bidding is now open online!!  Visit for listings and details.

What to wear? ACA suggests keeping it festive/casual, blue jean/denim-inspired… add your own touch of bling – or simply come as you are!

All proceeds support the Arlington Center for the Arts community arts programs.  ACA has recently re-opened in a brand-new location at 20 Academy Street in Arlington Center, after a $1million renovation of the top two floors of Arlington’s historic Central School.  More info: