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.

The Listening Project- Storytelling theatre for civic dialogue
True Story Inc.

The Listening Project will demonstrate to town leaders how the arts – in particular, interactive storytelling theatre – can be a powerful tool for civic dialogue. It will model the power of the arts by using Playback Theatre to explore two timely town issues: 1. How to develop Arlington’s new Cultural District 2. Safety and […]

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A Musical Journey Through the Years
Tommy Rull

On March 29 Mr. Rull took his delighted audience on “A Musical Journey Through the Years” consisting of a wide variety of different cultural styles of music and vocal performance. He sang songs from many well-known great artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Louis Armstrong, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, […]

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Art of Ancient Greece and Rome Educational Excursion
Meghan Ostrander: Thompson School PTO

In January the Thompson School took the 4th grade class to the Museum of Fine Arts to explore the Art of Ancient Greece and Rome. This tour immersed them in the life and lore of this crucial era of human civilization, and is complimentary to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks HSSS 7.24-7.43, Foreign Languages Cultural Strand. Class […]

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Through the Glass Ceiling: Six Centuries of Choral Music from Female Composers
Philharmonic Society

On March 11, the Arlington-Belmont Chorale presented “Through the Glass Ceiling: Six Centuries of Choral Music from Female Composers.” This program was entirely dedicated to women composers from the 1500’s to the present day, with all centuries represented. Composers included Maddalena Casulana, Vittoria Aleotti, Isabella Leonarda, Mary Hudson, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Amy Beach, Mabel Daniels […]

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Arlington Seniors Story Wall
Photographer Paul Marotta

The Arlington Seniors Story Wall will capture personal and life stories of Arlington’s oldest residents along with and through Arlington’s youngest and newest families via photography. It will be a series of four 10-foot long, high quality continuous paper prints with sequential images of the subjects, and short text story breaks embedded on the same […]

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Music to Cure MS
Marion Carroll

On October 28, a concert of opera, songs and chamber music will support the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a nonprofit (founded by Arlington resident Art Mellor) dedicated to curing MS by determining it causes. Featured works will include an opera scene and a piano solo by two local composers. The concert will be […]

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Our Changing Town
Gail McCormick

Arlington’s economy is fairly stable, but there has been a surprising number of business closings resulting in empty storefronts. Arlington reflects the experience of other towns across the U.S. New fees that encourage building owners to find renters may have helped fill some vacancies, but do the new businesses add needed elements that create a […]

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“Talking Chair” project at the Robbins Library
Emily Calvin-Bottis

A Library visitor sees a welcoming armchair. She sits and hears: “I’m Cathie Desjardins, Arlington’s Poet Laureate, reading “Spring” by second grader, Sam Liu.” The pleasantly surprised visitor listens to a short poem. She stands, reconsiders, and sits again to hear a different Arlington resident recite another poem. The Talking Chair, an interactive digital experience, […]

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“Isabella” at the Robbins Library
Delvena Theatre Company

On November 8, the audience will be asked to step back in time to meet Isabella Stewart Gardner, the famed founder of Boston’s own Gardner Museum. They will learn about her life, charm, friends and acquaintances, travels, stylish taste and unconventional behavior. This live show will feature two actresses in an informative, entertaining presentation. After […]

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Restoration and Unveiling of Cyrus Dallin Bust and Painting
Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

The Dallin Museum is restoring and will unveil two recently acquired artworks by Cyrus Dallin: a c. 1930 oil on canvas painting of the artist’s backyard, and a 1927 plaster portrait bust of Charles Lindbergh. The painting is being cleaned, varnished, and lined on a panel by Peter Williams, a Boston art conservator with over […]

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Public Art at Magnolia Park
Courtney Sundell

The goal of this project is to paint the three utility structures on “Apple Hill” near the Thorndike Street entrance of Magnolia Park in East Arlington. The Park has recently undergone extensive renovation, which has created renewed enthusiasm for it within the neighborhood. The transformation of the utility boxes into public art will help to […]

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Middle Eastern Dance Theatrical Performance
Claudia Donnet (aka Seyyide Sultan)

In the Fall, the Sarab-Mirage Dance Company, under the direction of Seyyide Sultan, will present a staged dance performance consisting of dances of the Middle East. Performers will include 6 to 10 dancers, Seyyide as one principal, and one or more professional guest dancers. This will be a whole new show created by Seyyide Sultan. […]

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“Artist Survival Series” and “I’m New Here: Perspectives on Migration”
Pam Shanley: Arlington Center for the Arts

Project 1: Arlington Center for the Arts serves a community of emerging and established artists in Arlington and surrounding towns. The just completed Artist Survival Series provided a vital service to the artistic community by empowering artists to successfully market, show and sell their artwork. Three workshops in the Artist Survival Series addressed the following […]

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Pathways: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway
Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture are collaborating to bring art to a section of the Minuteman Bikeway that runs through a largely residential area of the Town’s newly designated Cultural District. Entitled PATHWAYS, this initiative is designed to strengthen the identity and vibrancy of the District by connecting East […]

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Workshop and Jam Session at Arlington Jazz Festival
Arlington Jazz

Now going into its seventh year, the Arlington Jazz Festival, taking place April 26 thru 29 at venues throughout town, has become a true community event, the first year as an official non-profit organization. Offering seven events over four days, many of them free to the public, the ACC grant enables low ticket prices for […]

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Arts in Windows Initiative
Arlington Cultural Council

This year for the first time, the ACC is initiating its own project: A pilot “Arts in Windows Initiative’’ to test the waters for filling vacant storefronts with art installations. Running from April through December at Music Studios of Arlington Center at 399 Mass. Ave., 6 artists will display their works for about six weeks […]

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Arlington Author Salon
Andrea Nicolay

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

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