Judging Finalized for Youth Banner Initiative
December 17, 2021

The Youth Banner initiative announces that judging for this year’s banners is complete and winning designs will be available soon for viewing. This year’s banner initiative inspired art submissions from more than 100 students in Arlington’s middle school and high schools, and 20 banners will be chosen to be displayed along Mass Ave this coming […]

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Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting
December 5, 2021

The Arlington Heights Community Association (AHCA) with support from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present this year’s Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 11. Festivities will take place from 2 to 5pm. Visitors of all ages can enjoy viewing 52 […]

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Dallin Art Museum Has Successful Year, Despite Pandemic

The Dallin Museum reopened in August, and visitors are once again treated to engaging experiences with its wonderful docents. The museum recently hired its first part-time, paid docent manager―and can now expand its docent program, and promote the museum more widely as a community resource and tourist destination. In response to the pandemic, the museum […]

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Artists Holiday Store and Artisans Market at Roasted Granola Café
November 16, 2021

The Roasted Granola Café in Arlington and ArtLinks Artists are collaborating on the creation of a pop-up store/gallery from Thanksgiving to the end of 2021! The Artists Holiday Store and Artisans Market will be held at the Roasted Granola, located at 1346 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington from November 27 to the end of the year. […]

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Dallin Museum Unveils Two New Paintings

Experience the unveiling of two recently acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin paintings! On Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 pm, Dallin Museum Director/Curator Heather Leavell hosts a Zoom presentation of Mrs. Hall’s Letter and Dallin’s Self-Portrait (the only two-dimensional likeness by the artist known to exist). Register here on Dallin.org Painting #1―Mrs. Hall’s Letter: Learn the […]

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Artist-in-Residence Chanel Thervil’s ‘Portraits of Black Arlington’
November 13, 2021

ACAC’s third Artist-in-Residence is Chanel Thervil, a Haitian-American artist who is making waves and spreading joy in the Greater Boston area with her vivid and compelling mixed-media portraits of friends, family, and informal community leaders. During her residency, Chanel will focus on capturing the likenesses and spirit of some of Arlington’s Black community members – […]

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Art Flows at Arlington’s Spy Pond

October 12, 2021

Two Arlington artists hope to inspire people to rehabilitate waterways. Confluence, a new public art installation by Arlington artists Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding, is on display at Spy Pond Park near the playground through October 31. This piece is made from rope that is finger woven in the “sprang” method. It shows a river […]

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Dallin Museum Celebrates Arlington’s First Official Indigenous People’s Day
September 30, 2021

This year marks the first year Arlington will officially be celebrating Indigenous People’s Day. The change was passed at Town Meeting last January. In honor of Arlington’s inaugural Indigenous People’s Day, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is hosting Ute Elder Forrest Cuch in a virtual event on October 7 at 7pm. Cuch, Ute Tribal Elder […]

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Chamber Launches ‘Visit Arlington Magazine & Community Guide’
September 18, 2021

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce announced today that the premiere issue of the Visit Arlington Magazine & Community Guide has been released as an e-magazine. The print version of the magazine will be released later this month and will be distributed via a combination of free outlets around Arlington and surrounding towns and via direct […]

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Grants Committee Announces Opening of the 2021 Grant Application Cycle
September 4, 2021

The Grants Committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture offers grants annually that typically range from $150 to $1000. A grant can be used for many purposes to benefit the community of Arlington, including using the arts to create cultural inclusion, to bring interpretive science or history to life, or to address social […]

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Register Now for Arlington Community Education Fall Classes
August 20, 2021

Arlington Community Education (ACE) Fall registration is now open. Catalogs have been mailed to Arlington addresses, featuring hundreds of classes for adults, kids, and families. It is also viewable online at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Classes begin the week of September 20, with a mix of in-person, outdoor, and online options. Indoor adult classes will take place in […]

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By Clara Schneider, Rachel Barglow, Tamaki Sugihara On July 19, 2021, we met with 15 diverse Arlington organizations in a meet and greet via Zoom. This meet and greet allowed us to interact and learn from members of these organizations about their various goals and achievements. Organizations in attendance included groups focused on eliminating waste, […]

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LexArt Announces Call for Collaboration with Arlington Artists and Instructors
August 17, 2021

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (LexArt) would like to extend an invitation to artists and instructors of ArtsArlington to submit artworks to Reflection/Reawakening/Resilience, an exhibition meant to celebrate our collective reemergence, reflect on our shared experience, and look to the future. LexArt is inviting artists and instructors from neighboring community arts organizations to join us […]

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Student Conversations on Climate Change: Communicating Effectively
August 8, 2021

Remembrance of Climate Futures/Arlington is a youth-led Arlington based version of Northeastern professor Tom Starr’s regional public art initiative. Over the summer, 12 interns from Arlington High School will be researching impacts of climate change on Arlington and some individual and collective actions that can be taken by the town, community groups, and individual residents […]

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Student Conversations on Climate Change: Promoting Resilience
July 29, 2021

Remembrance of Climate Futures/Arlington is a youth-led Arlington based version of Northeastern professor Tom Starr’s regional public art initiative. Over the summer, 12 interns from Arlington High School will be researching impacts of climate change on Arlington and some individual and collective actions that can be taken by the town, community groups, and individual residents […]

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New Art Installations for Town Parklets

ACAC and the Department of Planning and Community Development are collaborating to bring colorful cut-vinyl artwork to the protective orange barriers that surround some of the Town’s new parklets – designed to offer outdoor seating for take-out meals and informal gatherings.  The first installation was designed by Adria Arch for the parklet in front of […]

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Arlington Chamber Announces New ‘VisitArlingtonMA’ Website

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has launched a multi-faceted marketing campaign that highlights Arlington’s unique features and promotes Arlington as a destination for arts, culture, and outdoor activities as well as shopping and dining. In March, the Chamber was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) to create branding and […]

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A STRONG Community of Voices
July 28, 2021

Arlington Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner launched the Red Letter Poem Project at the outset of the Covid Pandemic.  Every week he sends out a carefully selected poem, accompanied by a short essay reflecting on the poem’s meaning and context.  He focused his 69th Red Letter on Neighborhood Haiku; he and his Beehive Poets Group were […]

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ACA Sets Porchfest Stage for Arlington Open Studios this Fall
July 23, 2021

In the spirit of the much-loved community event, Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is excited to present Porchfest Stage on the front steps of Arlington’s Town Hall as part its annual Arlington Open Studios event on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Porchfest Stage will feature free public performances by local musicians throughout the day. A […]

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Celebrate Our ‘HEIGHTS HAIKU’ Event Live!
July 6, 2021

Join us on Wednesday, July 14, 6:30 – 8pm (rain date July 15) for a LIVE community celebration of our project Haiku in the Heights, featuring an open mic, live music, and a storefront stroll to enjoy some of the original haiku that have been painted on storefront windows. Heights Haiku celebrates the streets and shops, the […]

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ACA Convenes Teen Artists
July 2, 2021

Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) celebrated Juneteenth 2021 with a new program – Teen Artists on the Issues. This 3-day workshop brought local youth together for intensive work with teaching artists, focusing on the issues they say matter most to them, including racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, environmental justice, Women’s rights, and immigration.Participating teens worked […]

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Live Arts Arlington 2021: The RETURN!
June 30, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the return of Live Arts Arlington for Summer 2021! After a brief hiatus during the pandemic, we are eager to pick up where we left off in 2019 with a fresh lineup of artists for people of all ages to enjoy. “Art hop” between the new SPRUCED UP parklets each weekend and […]

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Opening Weekend for Nilou Moochhala’s Public Art Installation in Menotomy Rocks Park
June 15, 2021

Meet ACAC’s Spring Artist-in-Residence Nilou Moochhala and hear about her fascinating project exploring the impact of the pandemic.  Moochhala will be in Menotomy Rocks Park on Thursday, June 17 from 5 to 7pm and Saturday/Sunday June 19 & 20 from 10am to noon. The installation consists of 100 meditation flags printed from her abstract drawings; […]

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Artist Talk and Workshop with Chanel Thervil
June 1, 2021

Please join us for a great talk — “Portraits with Purpose: Celebrating Character, Resiliency, Strength, and Joy” — on Tuesday, June 8, via zoom with Chanel Thervil, one of Boston’s rising stars, recognized for both her artistic vision and her celebratory spirit. Learn how Chanel creates portraits that celebrate the essential character and spirit of […]

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Transform Arlington’s Orange Parklet Barriers
May 26, 2021

The Town of Arlington has been setting up “parklets” – outdoor seating areas located in parking spots protected from traffic by orange plastic barriers. To make these areas more inviting and to spruce up public spaces with vibrant art, ACAC seeks a variety of proposals from artists to transform barriers with an application of colorful adhesive […]

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CALL TO ARTISTS: Volunteers Sought for Painting Poems by Hand

If you have a steady hand, experience with paint, and enjoy typography, sign painting and/or hand lettering, please consider spending a Saturday or two with the amazing Kenji Nakayama painting haiku in storefront windows! This project is the culmination of Neighborhood Haiku, a public art/poetry mashup; we’ve issued a Call for Haiku to the community requesting […]

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EcoWeek PANEL DISCUSSION: Art to Awareness to ACTION
May 7, 2021

Learn How You Can Stop Plastic Pollution On Wednesday, May 12, 7 – 8:30pm join this discussion featuring a dynamic group of speakers presenting innovative projects in Mexico, Philadelphia, and Arlington. U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark joins us via pre-recorded video as she shares her work crafting federal legislation to advance systemic change. Learn steps you can take […]

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Free Zoom Haiku Workshops for Public Art Project Celebrating Arlington Heights
May 6, 2021

You are invited to write haiku – a short 3 line poem – celebrating the distinctive neighborhood of Arlington Heights.  You can write on your own, with friends or family, or during a free zoom workshop with Arlington poet/teacher Jessie Brown.  In these fun interactive workshops we discuss what makes a good haiku, how to […]

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The Show Must Go On! 10th Annual Arlington Jazz Festival Goes VIRTUAL for 2021
April 18, 2021

The 10th annual Arlington Jazz Festival will once again be presented virtually, since, as they say, this notable local festival must go on, no matter the pandemic weather. For this milestone anniversary year, presenter Arlington Jazz has scheduled a series of one-hour concerts, presented online over a 3-night stretch Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April […]

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Cultural Council Awards 2021 Grants Totaling $17,774

Susan Larson, Chair of ACAC Grants Committee (formerly Arlington Cultural Council), has announced the award of 24 grants totaling $17,774, for cultural programs in Arlington (ranging from $280 to $1,154, with an average grant of $740. Grantees were chosen from thirty-seven competitive applications. “We are continuously impressed by the caliber of projects presented to our […]

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