ACAC Grants Committee (Arlington Cultural Council)

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The ACAC Grants Committee (formerly 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. Our funding derives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, which funds 329 local cultural councils throughout the state.

Members of the Committee are artists, arts administrators, and other community members with an interest in arts, sciences and culture. We are volunteers 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 at Arlington Town Hall Annex, 1st Floor Conference Room. The dates are posted on the Town website, and all are open to the public.

We also participate in Town Day, hold an annual Spring Celebration of the Arts to honor our grantees, and are a member-at-large of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, an umbrella organization of major arts and cultural organizations in Arlington recently formed to consolidate energy, resources, personnel, ideas and an Events Calendar, among other initiatives.

The Committee is currently recruiting new members! Should the idea of promoting the arts excite you, please send an email to, come to a meeting or two, 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 are sharing community by partially funding such projects as Arlington Porchfest, Pathways installations along the Minuteman Bike Path, and East Arlington Public Art Initiative–celebratory murals on building exteriors that tell the story of their small-business owners.

Other Related Links:–to apply for grant

> ACAC Awards 2020 Grants

The Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture (ACAC) Grants Committee (formerly Arlington Cultural Council) has announced the award of 19 grants totaling $16,071 for cultural programs in Arlington. Each grant ranges from $250 to $1,500, with an average grant of $845. Grantees were chosen from 41 competitive applications.

“We are continuously impressed by the caliber of projects presented to our council. This year’s grant recipients are equally exceptional, and we look forward to watching their performances, programs, and events unfold throughout 2020,” says Chair Kimberley Harding.

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 state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. model community arts, humanities and science projects funded by the LCCs across the state.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. Information about the Committee is published at

The 2020 ACAC Grants Committee Members are

  • Kimberley Harding
  • Rebecca Holmes-Farley
  • Heidi Kendig
  • Susan Larson
  • Scott Samenfeld
  • Jeff Timperi

> Current Grant Winners

Arlington Authors Salon

Learn more about the current grant winners and their projects.


> Past Grant Winners

The Vita Project

Learn more about past grant winners.



Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. For more information on the Committee’s activities, and if you have an interest in joining our efforts to support Arlington art and culture, contact us via email!