Call for Artists


Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation and fundraiser for public art programming in Arlington, MA, features artistically re-imagined chairs. This year, we’ll also be accepting small items of furniture along with chairs. We invite you to find an orphan chair, side table, or other small item of furniture and creatively transform it! All items will be available for purchase by the public on June 7 at our event. Read more about Chairful here!


TO REGISTER Go to the ONLINE portal on the Town of Arlington website. There is an entry fee of $10 per item, payable with your application to participate. PLEASE make sure to note “Chairful 2020” in the box labeled “Purpose.” Or you can mail a check to Chairful, attn.: Kristen DeFrancisco, c/o Town Manager’s Office, 730 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Make sure to include your name, phone, and email address so that we can contact you. DEADLINE TO REGISTER June 1, 2020.

SUGGESTED THEME: Dogs and Cats (this theme is optional.)


Who can participate?

    • Anyone 14 and older may participate
    • A piece may be completed by one person, or may be a collaborative effort.
    • You do not have to live in Arlington to participate.
    • Elementary-school-age children may participate with an adult as a team.

Must my item be pre-owned?

We prefer that you find items that were destined for the trash pick up or stashed in the basement, to support Arlington’s mission of zero waste. What kind of furniture may I use? Kids’ sized chairs to rocking chairs, wooden rocking horses, desk chairs, stools, small night tables, lamp stands, old fashioned magazine racks, and so on.

How big?

If it can be easily carried and moved in a car, it is acceptable.

What happens if my item/s isn’t bought?

Your item will be returned to you at the end of the day, or you may donate it to ACAC to use in our publicity and fundraising throughout the year.

Where can I find used chairs and other items?

The best finds are often right in front of you! Check out your neighborhood before the weekly trash pickup, ask your neighbors, or look in your attic or basement. If all else fails, Chairful curators can help connect you with a chair or other used item.

What is allowed in terms of re-invention?

You may reinvent with paint, construction, collage or other means. We love creativity and surprises!

Must my item be waterproof?

Items should be able to survive summer weather events like intense heat or rain.

Are all items accepted for the installation?

Yes, all Items submitted will be part of the exhibition/installation

Can I submit more than one piece of furniture?

Yes, you may submit up to three items, $10 entry fee for each item.

What kind of paint should I use?

Acrylic house paint makes a great base coat. Ask your friends or neighbors for donations of unused house paints. If your chair is unpainted, a primer coat of white house paint, sprayed or brushed on, is suggested. Acrylic paint is fine for detail work.

What can I use for a final protective coat?

Krylon Spray Clear Varnish is a good choice. Some wood varnishes can yellow, so make sure you choose a clear-drying, water-based varnish, if you choose to go that route.Varnishes come in matte, satin, or gloss finishes.


CHAIRFUL takes place on June 7 at Uncle Sam Plaza in Arlington Center. Furniture drop off is Sunday, June 7 from 8am to 10am

  • WHERE: Uncle Sam Plaza in Arlington Center, Massachusetts
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 7, during Arlington Porchfest. The event is open to the public from 11am to 6pm.
  • AWARDS: There will be three People’s Choice Awards and one juried award for the chair that most effectively and artistically demonstrates our suggested theme. Awards will be announced at 5pm on June 7.


The 10th Annual Arlington International Film Festival is scheduled for November 5-8, 2020 at the Capitol Theatre (204 Massachusetts Avenue) in Arlington. AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts with a focus on its mission of fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film. This call for submissions is for the following:

Feature Films: narrative & documentary (46 minutes or longer)


Short Films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (25 minutes or less).

  • Films must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 28, 2017.
  • Films must be in original language with English subtitles.
  • Film production must have been completed within the last two years.

For more information, please visit AIFF’s site.




This is an opportunity for art exhibition space in a vacant storefront on Mass Ave in East Arlington (142 Massachusetts Avenue). This is an unpaid exhibit opportunity, but it will allow artists to display their work in a public venue.

Use the exhibit space at the former Mr. Fixes (142 Mass Ave) to display your work. Successful proposals may include any artistic medium including installation, painting, sculpture, photography, as well as poetry or prose (for example, part of a poem or essay that is enlarged and cut out of adhesive vinyl and placed on window front). We are looking for displays that can be read from a distance as well as close up, that are visually exciting, and that show both sophistication and appropriateness for the location.

Proposals may be submitted by individuals, families, and groups, and may include any of the following:

  • drawing and illustration
  • photography
  • painting, fiber arts, and other media
  • sculpture and other 3D expressions

High School students in Arlington are encouraged to apply. Dimensions of the window are 91″ wide x 59″ tall.

To submit your proposal, or for more information, contact Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator at or 781-316-3095.



FOR BANDS, PERFORMERS, ARTIST DEMOS, DANCE, PUPPETRY, ETC: Live Arts Arlington 2020. Deadline February 24, 2020

Live Arts Arlington (LAA) is a public performance and creation initiative designed to put live arts in the path of the broadest swath of Arlington residents and visitors. In May and June 2020,  5-10 artists, across all art forms, will be invited to activate populated, accessible public spaces for two-hour periods.

Arlington values diversity. We strongly encourage candidates of varied backgrounds, including people of color, persons with disabilities and others to apply. The 2019 LAA pilot included Egyptian dance, puppetry, classical, jazz and popular music performance, portraiture, and basket weaving. Read more about Live Arts Arlington 2019 here!

Project Description Artists activate a public space, via performance or demonstration, for two hours at an agreed upon date and time on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. ACAC provides advance promotion, signage, a volunteer site host, and a $100 stipend. Artists are encouraged to put out a “hat” to collect donations from the public.

Program Goals Live Arts Arlington is designed to invite audience members into relationships with each other and the artist(s) by creatively activating public space. Our goals are to provide opportunities for artists and to make it more engaging to live, work, and spend time in Arlington.

Selection Criteria Artists will be selected based on fit between the artist and the space, and diversity of artistic offering across the program. Once those criteria are addressed, preference will be given to artists who live and/or work in Arlington.

What is required to be considered for this opportunity? Please fill out this six-question Google form. We’ve tried to make this step as easy as possible, and hope it won’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete

If I get chosen, what do I have to do? – Obtain a $12 street performance license from the town of Arlington. With this license you are welcome to busk in Arlington through December 31, 2020. – Schedule a time, date, and location with ACAC for you/your group to perform/create/share. – Provide ACAC with promotional language and photos/video, so we can get the word out. – Show up and do your thing!

What happens if it rains? We find another mutually convenient date and time.


FOR POETS: April’s National Poetry Month. Deadline February 16, 2020

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 to be launched during National Poetry Month in April.


  • 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.
  • Depending on the number of submissions, approximately 8-10 poems from adult writers will be chosen, and a similar number of student poems.

All poems should be received no later than Sunday, February 16th, 2020.  Writers whose work is selected will be contacted by mid-March and the project will take place in April.

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