Signature Programs

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.

The Commission comprises Arlington Public Art (APA), Live Arts Arlington (LAA), the Arlington Cultural Council (ACC), the Arlington Cultural District (ACD), and Artlinks Arlington (Artlinks). Learn about its regionally renowned public art and performance initiatives here.

> Residency

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

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.

POET LAUREATE

In August, Mr. Ratiner was appointed as Arlington’s third Poet Laureate and already he’s introduced an ambitious plan for poetry events and projects he’d like to help promote during his term.

> Events & Performances

CHAIRFUL

Artists and neighborhood “craftivists” transform chairs destined for the landfill into works of art! Support public art in Arlington by buying a chair!

FOX FESTIVAL

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. Kicking off the Feast of the East on June 15.

LIVE ARTS ARLINGTON

Live Arts is the first project of the Programs & Festivals Committee, a new group formed by the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture. This pilot effort was organized in partnership with artists, and it was designed to encourage public performance and creation in the Town.

GARAGE BAND

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

PATHWAYS

Public art on the Minuteman Bikeway in the Cultural District (between Swan Place and Linwood Street)

BIKEWAY HAIKU

A community-based haiku project featuring poetry inspired by the Minuteman Bikeway.

UTILITY BOXES

Vibrant public art on streets and corners townwide, sponsored by businesses throughout Arlington.

MURALS

Temporary and permanent art on walls!

YOUTH BANNER PROJECT

Arlington youth share their creativity with the community on street banners.

BIRDHOUSES

Public art in Magnolia Park takes shape in whimsical handmade birdhouses.

> Past

PATHWAYS

Public art on the Minuteman Bikeway in the Cultural District (between Swan Place and Linwood Street) previously on display.

BUS SHELTERS

Artists created vibrant temporary designs in bus shelters along Massachusetts Avenue in conjunction with the Town’s Bus Rapid Transit Lane pilot.

MURALS

Temporary murals on the sides of buildings.

ART ROCKS MENOTOMY

Art installations in Menotomy Rocks Park

ART ROCKS SPY POND

Art installations in the park at Spy Pond

> Support

JOIN US

Would you like to see more art in the streets, parks, public buildings, and other public spaces in Arlington? Please get involved and support our work.

Questions? arlpublicart@gmail.com

Join Us

DONATE

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.

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