Welcome to the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture, an umbrella organization for several culture-related town entities collectively dedicated to cultivating a sustainable and supportive environment for the arts in our town. We enliven public space with accessible, creative experiences to strengthen and enrich our community, create opportunities for artists, and invigorate the local economy.
Learn about some of our regionally renowned public art and performance initiatives here.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Chanel Thervil
The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s current Artist-in-Residence Chanel Thervil is focusing on creating a celebratory public art project capturing the likenesses and spirit of some of Arlington’s Black community members – living, working, or going to school in the town. At a time when social and racial justice challenges are urgent around the nation as well as here at home, our goal is to shine some light on our town’s diverse Black community.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Michelle Lougee
The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s first artist-in-residence project brings highly regarded sculptor and fiber artist Michelle Lougee to town to create a large-scale collaborative public art project with the community for the Minuteman Bikeway to draw attention to plastic pollution in our oceans.
POET LAUREATE: Steven Ratiner
In August 2019, Mr. Ratiner was appointed as Arlington’s third Poet Laureate. He brought with him an ambitious plan for poetry events and projects. When public events became difficult due to COVID restrictions, Ratiner created a poetry project called Red Letter Poems, a group effort that reached an ever-widening circle of readers who appreciated the momentary respite of poetry to distract from challenging times.
> Events & Performances
An annual parade celebrating urban wildlife, creativity, community, and the Fox Library. Join in — take a workshop or make a costume or banner at home. The Fox Festival is the official kick-off event for the Feast of the East — a June East Arlington annual celebration hosted by local restaurants and businesses.
Garage Band is a post-PorchFest pop-up dance party, a celebration of community, and a gathering in an unusual venue, the Arlington Global Service Station, a classic auto service station that has become, thanks to input from neighborhood artist Johnny Lapham, a public art landmark in the heart of Arlington’s Cultural District.
> On View
> Past Projects in Public Art
Donations from individuals who support creating more public art in Arlington are crucial to making our projects possible. Your contribution will match grants receive from the Arlington Cultural Council, a state agency, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Friends of the Fox Library and other organizations.