Covid-19 Response from Arts Arlington

The Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture (ACAC) is following directions from town and public health officials to safeguard residents. As a result, we are postponing or canceling in-person ACAC programs for the Spring, suspending all in-person commission and committee meetings, and will implement additional policies around health and safety effective immediately as they are announced. Arts Arlington will continue to update this page on an ongoing basis with any new developments.


Consistent with our mission, ACAC is seeking alternative means to cultivate a sustainable and supportive environment for the arts, and enliven public space – for now, mostly the digital commons — with accessible creative experiences to strengthen and enrich our community, create opportunities for artists, and invigorate the local economy. 

Our website will continue to list arts-related news, events and resource listings. Be advised that many in-person events on the Events calendars may have changed but venues have not yet updated listings. Businesses, organizations and artists that ARE actively providing virtual events or social distancing practices such as home-delivery or curbside pickup are encouraged to submit them to us so we can highlight you.

In lieu of in-person Plarn Art to Save the Planet workshops with Artist-in-Residence Michelle Lougee, ACAC is working on solutions to offer online workshops and at-home plarning kits. Additionally, ACAC has created a new discussion group, ArtsArlingtonCreates, associated with our Facebook Page, where community members are welcomed to continue to network, discuss and participate in hands-on public art activities programmed by ACAC.


  • In-Person Michelle Lougee Plarning Workshops cancelled; online workshop alternatives TBA 
  • Statewide Artweek events cancelled
  • Youth Banners Reception
  • In-person Chairful Where You Sit Fundraiser scheduling TBD. We are still inviting artists to work on creative projects for a rescheduled event.

Arts Advocacy

Additionally, our local arts advocacy organization, MassCreative, has compiled a series of resources and calls to action in these challenging times:


As a priority, ACAC will help share important town information about relief options for artists, organizations and businesses in the arts and culture sector.  For town nonprofits and small businesses, including arts sole proprietors, we strongly encourage you to fill out the Town of Arlington COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.

The town also maintains a regularly updated section of Additional Resources for the Business and Nonprofit Community, Unemployment Assistance Resources, and Health Guidelines for Town Businesses. These include detailed resources from organizations including Americans for the Arts, MassCreative, the Mass Cultural Council, and many others specifically serving the arts sector.


While ACAC has for now postponed our Grant Training Workshop and Grants Reception, we will continue to support artistic creation and be in touch with grantees.

Arlington Service Station COVID-19 Masks Installation by Johnny Lapham, Laurie Bogdan,  Kimberley Harding, Heritage Flag, and community activist artist volunteers