2018 ACAC Grantees

  • Arlington Belmont Chorale

The ACAC Grants Committee is a Local Cultural Council (LCC) of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. ACAC’s LCC supports public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities supporting a broad variety of art forms, including ongoing work of individual artists, projects serving specific local populations, and the work of local cultural organizations.

Arlington Historical Society: Conservation of Abel Whitney Sideboard

An important recent acquisition, this 1813 sideboard was made by cabinet-maker Abel Whitney (1781-1853), whose shop was near present day Porter Square in Cambridge. Commissioned by famous Arlington resident Amos Whittemore, it is a gift of a Whittemore descendant. Made of solid mahogany and mahogany veneers, the piece is a good example of the Sheraton […]

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Arlington Public Art: PATHWAYS: Contemporary Art on the Minuteman

Three artists will be commissioned to create temporary public artwork along the Minuteman Bike Path between Swan Place & Lake Street in spring of 2019. The project reinforces the Town’s Cultural District by linking the vibrant hubs of Capitol Square and the Center. Artists include: Johnny Lapham, who will reinstall colorful discs originally created for […]

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Belmont World Film: 16th Annual Family Festival, 1/18-21

January 18 and 20, Regent Theatre. As always, most of the films are based on children’s books to help reinforce a love of books and reading. Thirteen animated and live action short and feature length film programs from around the world (with simultaneous English translation for subtitled films) during Martin Luther King Day weekend. Highlights […]

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Delvena Theatre: Ann and Abby [Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren]

A live, 3-person comedy examines how chutzpah, hard work and a bit of luck propelled the twins into becoming two of the most beloved and respected women of the 20th century through their advice columns. With humor, snappy one-lines and a whole lot of love, Abby and Ann will dole out advice to the audience […]

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Discovery Museum, Acton: Especially for Me

The Discovery Museum’s Especially for Me (EFM) program series offers 25 free annual events to families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf/hard of hearing, or who have a visual impairment. Tailored to the unique needs of these audiences, EFM makes museum visits easier and more rewarding through, multi-sensory experiences for children such […]

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Fox, Dan: Family Jazz Program and Instrument Petting Zoo

To introduce young people to jazz music, a true American art form. Part of the Eighth Annual Arlington Jazz Festival (April 25-28). In this portion, Saturday morning 4/27/19 at Robbins Library, faculty from Morningside Music Studio will present an interactive performance that takes the audience on an educational journey through the history of jazz music, […]

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Friends of Magnolia Park: Summer Concert Series

The recently redesigned Magnolia Park with its proximity to the bike path and public transportation has made it a destination park in the area. The concert series brings neighborhood families together for a picnic dinner and after-meal socializing while the musicians provide entertainment. A variety of musical acts, in genres such as brass band, jazz, […]

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Green Art Workshop: Whimsical Weavings

In partnership with Brackett After School Program, a multigenerational weaving workshop, part of their Community theme. This program will blend creative practice with art history and environmental education for students and Arlington residents. Teaching artists will demonstrate how to make colorful, playful weavings utilizing discarded, reusable, recyclable and natural materials, while exploring how textiles have […]

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McGowan, Rebecca: Irish Social Dance

A series of free community Irish social “ceili” dances in the fall of 2019. A ceili is like a barn dance: party + foot-tapping music + neighborly gathering! No partner is needed and all experience levels, ages and backgrounds are welcome. To experience a tradition from the Irish-American community here, attendees will be taught traditional […]

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Philharmonic Society of Arlington: Almost-Spring Concert “A Game of Pairs”

Arlington-Belmont Chorale and Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus. A concert of five poems set to music by two different composers: 1. “Sure on this Shining Night,” 1934 poem by James Agee, composers Samuel Barber (1940) and Morten Lauridsen (2005); 2. “Music, When Soft Voices Die,” poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, composers Hubert Parry (1897) and Charles Wood […]

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Robbins Library: Arlington Author Salon

Organized by a group of community and literary-minded Arlington residents and employees, the Salon hosts free quarterly literary events on a specific, varying theme, on each of the 4 Thursday evenings at Kickstand Café. Each event features three distinct local authors (from Arlington and surrounding towns) who read from and discuss their work, and provide […]

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Rudnick, Ben: Ben Rudnick & Friends Concert in Menotomy Rocks Park

The idea is a beautiful early June afternoon with good vibes galore – families, picnics, kids running around. Ben Rudnick and Friends play familiar takes on well known and loved tunes like Charlie and the MTA or Here Comes the Sun, and tunes from their extensive original catalog. The band welcomes all ages into their […]

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Shozawa, Katherine: Vita Project

A culturally inclusive, family-friendly event for children and adults of all ages, artists and nonartists, and the general public. The project whimsically connects the principles of physical fitness and family wellness of the Swiss “Vita Course” in Menotomy Rocks Park to cultural fitness and cultural responsiveness as an important part of community health and well-being. […]

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Thompson School: Japanese House Excursion and Suminigashi experience

The school’s second-grade class will visit the Boston Children’s Museum over 2 days (because of the large class size of 93 students) and visit the Japan House, which ties into the second-grade curriculum about Japan. An immersive cultural experience that brings the classroom to life, the home is an authentic reconstructed 100-year-old residence of a […]

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Tincknell, Roger: Elvis to the Everly Brothers

Singer, yodeler and multi-instrumentalist Tincknell will present a 1-hour music program that of familiar popular and classic rock songs from the 1950’s and early 1960’s for community seniors. Examples are hits from well-known performers such as Patti Page, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles, as well as song requests from the audience. Performed on guitar, banjo, […]

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True Story Theater: LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Stories

Three programs will support intergenerational exchange between people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ+): 1) one performance for LGBTQ+ seniors (and allies); 2) one for LGBTQ+ youth (and allies); 3) one to bring LGBTQ+ seniors, youth and allies together. In each event, participants will be invited to spontaneously share moments of […]

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