Call for Artists

Go Out Doors

Go Out Doors - Neighbors: A Regional Public Art Installation


Mission: “Go Out Doors” inspires discovery and exploration of the region’s walking and bike trails, and the intersection/action of place, community, spirit, and nature.

Artists from Arlington and Greater Boston are invited to submit design concepts to GO OUT DOORS – NEIGHBORS, a regional public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoors activity, environmental appreciation, and inter-town regional tourism in Arlington and along bike and walking paths along Battle Road and Metrowest.

Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC’s High Line, “Go Out Doors-Neighbors” extends The Umbrella Arts Center’s “Go Out Doors” installation of artful recycled doors decorated by regional artists currently on display along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord’s Cultural District. These artworks are surprising waypoints of delight whose imagery “celebrates reconnection with nature, our senses, and healthful outdoor activity” to the succor of communities emerging from COVID-19 isolation.

Accepted designs will appear on doors installed townwide in Arlington, and/or neighboring towns. Seeking proposals throughout the month of October.  Read the complete call and specs here.



Arlington’s Poet Laureate, Steve Ratiner, has announced a Call for Submissions to Arlington adult and students who would like to participate in a special project launched during National Poetry Month in April and continuing into summer. You can take a look at all the poems to date here! 


  • Please submit 1-2 original poems, each no longer than 20 lines, on any subject matter, but with this specific goal: choose a poem you’d wish to share with neighbors, whether or not they are readers of poetry – one that will offer surprise, insight, delight.
  • Send submissions via email only. Paste the poem into the body of an email (no attachments, please). Write ‘A Call for Poems’ in the subject line – and, if you are a student, specify at what grade level.  If a poem has been previously published, please do cite the place of publication. Send to Steven Ratiner at Include your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached if your poem is selected. 


Created Equal – Exhibition Opportunity



In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the successes of the Suffrage movement, the Arlington Center for the Arts seeks submissions for its upcoming exhibition Created Equal. In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Arlington, the ACA presents Created Equal to showcase artwork that exemplifies the mosaic of voices that contribute to our society and the equal weight all voices carry.


This subject and dialogue are as important now as they have ever been and we welcome the opportunity to provide a platform of inclusion and equity to all artists. We are committed to presenting this exhibition opportunity as a way to amplify voices of those most marginalized by societal oppression, racism, and discrimination of any kind. We have also decided to waive all submission fees for this exhibit.


The ACA seeks artwork in all forms and mediums that address concepts of fundamental rights and freedoms in our society. This includes, but is not limited to women’s rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, veterans’ rights, disability rights, freedom of speech, voter rights, criminal justice reform, and environmental protection.


For submission guidelines and more information, please visit the ACA’s page here


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