2020 ACAC Grantees

  • 2019 Grant Recipient: Ben Rudnick

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.

Current Grantees

We are proud to announce the 2020 grant recipients:

Music to Cure MS

Music to Cure MS – opera, songs, chamber music – is an annual concert raising funds for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting international researchers seeking a solution to this progressively crippling, incurable disease. The October 2020 program will be our 18th annual concert. they feature professional-level classical musicians […]

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Magnolia Park Summer Concert Series

The goal of the project is to continue the tradition of a summer concert series in Magnolia Park in East Arlington. Magnolia Park is a popular gathering place for neighborhood families, and its proximity to the bike path and public transportation have also made it a destination park in the area. In this, its third […]

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Especially For Me – Discovery Museum

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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Belmont World Film’s 17th Annual Family Festival

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, Jr Day weekend. Highlights include: the US premieres of Zog and The Snail and the Whale based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler (The Gruffalo) and […]

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Craft Ensemble: Craft Ensemble plays music from the Women Composers Festival

The Craft Ensemble, a Boston-area-based chamber music group, will be the Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2020 Women Composers Festival at the University of Hartford. They will premier two new works, one by Composer-in-Residence Melika Fitzhugh, and one by the winner of the festival’s call for scores competition. For their inaugural performance on the Concerts at the […]

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Delvaney Theatre: Bon Appetit Julia!

A live performance featuring two actresses, Bon Appetit, Julia! is a sequel to Delvena Theatre Company’s ever-popular Meet Julia Child! show. Set in the 1980’s, the show will focus on an insight into the beloved chef, Julia Child’s, life at that time. There will be much audience participation and an original The Way To Cook […]

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Dan Fox: 2020 Arlington Jazz Concert Series

Arlingtonjazz.org which produces the Arlington Jazz Festival, will present a year-round series of concerts and workshops that feature musicians deserving of wider recognition. The shows will be presented at Town Tavern. Scheduled so far are Leo Blanco Trio – S. American pianist and Berklee professor ( 2/29/20) – Witness Fireboy Matlou – S. African pianist […]

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Tagore’s Love Letters to Mother Earth – Songs of Harmony

A musical concert will take place on April 11, 2020 at the Robbins Library featuring song compositions on the beauty, preservation and love of nature by the late 19th centry Nobel Laureate Indian poet, philosopher, activst, painter and enviornmentalist Rabindranath Tagore. Vocalist and recording artist Maitreyee Chakraborty will be accompanied by Koushik Chakraborty, Ayon Baumalllik […]

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Restoration and Unveiling of Cyrus Dallin Painting

The Cyrus Dallin French landscape painting c. 1890, entitled “Village Road, Auvers-sur-Oise,” will be restored, framed and publicly unveiled at an event at the Cyrus Dallin Museum in the late Spring at which time the historical significance of the piece will be discussed.

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Philharmonic Society of Arlington: Almost-Spring Concert – An Afternoon of Overlooked Classics and New Music

On March 8, 2020 the Arlington-Belmont Chorale and Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, under the musical direction of Barry Singer, will perform a selection of works including Nänie, Op. 82, by Johannes Brahms, Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b, by Robert Schumann as well as a new work, Space/Time Synthesis by Arlington native and French Horn player, Morgan […]

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Roger Tincknell: Beatles and Beyond

Roger Tincknell will present a program of pop, folk, country and classic rock songs from the 1960s and 70s at the Older Americans’ Lunch, organized by the Arlington Seniors Association on May 21, 2020. Beginning with the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the program will include songs from many of their […]

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Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, Community Engagement Committee: PATHWAYS: Artist in Residence

Arlington Public Art will bring artist Michelle Lougee for a 9-month residency (January – September 2020) to create a site-specific installation along the Minuteman Bikeway as part of PATHWAYS. Lougee crochets recycled plastic bags into organic forms inspired by coral reefs and microscope organisms. Inspired by the successful participatory installation entitled “Ripple” by Adria Arch, […]

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Arlington Center for the Arts: Artist Survival Series

The Arlington Center for the Arts is presenting a new installment of their successful Artist Survival Series for winter 2020. This series of artist professional development workshops provides vital resources and best practices for artists to successfully present, promote, and sell their work. This year, their series features three workshops including Business Tips for Artists, […]

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Andrew Buckley: Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck

For the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, Hit and Run History will present “Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck”. This one-hour documentary follows the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only Mayflower passenger who had been to the New World before, and the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The documentary traces Hopkins’ beginnings in […]

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Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture: Live Arts Arlington

Live Arts Arlington is an initiative designed to put live performance and creation in the path of the broadest swath of Arlingtonians. A curated group of 10-20 artists, across all art forms, will be invited to activate accessible public spaces for two-hour periods. The program will be regularly scheduled in specific places in the Heights, […]

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Ben Rudnick and Friends

Ben Rudnick and Friends will perform at the Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington on September 12, 2020. This local band plays familiar takes on well known and loved tunes the likes of “Charlie and the MTA” and “Here Comes The Sun” and also play songs from their extensive original catalog. It should be a fantastic […]

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The Kalliope Reed Quintet

The Kalliope Reed Quintet will begin their 2020 season with a free holiday concert at the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church on January 4, 2020 at 7pm. This live chamber music performance – which will feature excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker alongside other similar and contrasting works for reed quintet – brings life into the community and […]

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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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Todd Brunel: Vortex Concert Series

Welcome to the Vortex, where modern and improvised music meet. The Vortex Series will present great modern music from the 20th and 21st centuries that bridge the gap between contemporary classical music, jazz and contemporary improvisation. Their first concert will take place on May 15 at 7:30 at St John’s Episcopal Church and will include […]

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