ACAC Grants Committee

The ACAC Grants Committee is part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.

The ACAC Grants Committee (formerly the Arlington Cultural Council) exists to support public programs in our community that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.
Members of the Committee are artists, arts administrators, and other community members with an interest in arts, sciences, and culture. Members are appointed by the Arlington Board of Selectmen for up to two consecutive three-year terms. The Committee is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities supporting a broad variety of art forms, ongoing work of individual artists, projects serving specific local populations, and local cultural organizations. Meetings are once a month, usually second Monday evenings from 7:30-9pm, via Zoom until further notice, and all are open to the public.
The Grants Committee also participates in Town Day, holds an annual Spring Celebration of the Arts to honor our grantees, and is a member-at-large of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture — an umbrella organization comprising numerous arts and cultural entities in Arlington formed to consolidate energy, resources, personnel, ideas, and an Events Calendar, among other initiatives.
The ACAC Grants Committee Members are
Kristen Bedard
Todd Brunell
Andrew Conway
Nancy Gray
Brian McMurray (co-chair)
Emily Reynolds (chair)
The Committee is currently recruiting new members! Should the idea of promoting the arts excite you, please send an email to and see how we aim to make Arlington a rich, arts-filled and happening place to live, work and be! Some of our happiest moments have been sharing community by partially funding such projects as Arlington Porchfest, Pathways installations along the Minuteman Bike Path, the East Arlington Storefront Stories Public Art Initiative–celebratory murals on building exteriors that tell the story of their small-business owners–and so many more.

Our Annual Survey

If you’ve participated in a window painting this year, enjoyed sculpture along the Minuteman Bikeway, listened to a musician busking in a parklet, or done any of dozens of activities involving the arts in Arlington, please take a moment to fill out this survey. Your input helps the ACAC Grants Committee make decisions on funding for all future arts and culture programming in town. Thank you!


Arlington Jazz Fest

Learn more about the current grant winners.



Artist in Residence Chanel Thervil

Learn more about past grant winners.