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Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture Grants Committee

The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ACAC) Grants Commitee, formerly the Arlington Cultural Council, supports public programs in our community that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities and the interpretive sciences. Members of the committee are artists, arts administrators, and other community members with an interest in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. We are volunteers appointed by the Arlington Select Board for up to two consecutive three-year terms. We are committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities supporting a broad variety of art forms, ongoing work of individual artists, projects serving specific local populations, and local cultural organizations. Meetings are held monthly and are open to the public, with dates posted on the Town website.


Select Board's Office, Town Hall
730 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476-4908

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The Grants Committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture is focused on supporting arts, humanities, or science programming with a public benefit for Arlington residents. We will give priority to projects which include one or more of these components:

– The activity is open to the broadest possible range of Arlington residents.
– Arlington-based artists or cultural organizations are leaders of the project.
– The project is planned in collaboration with other Arlington-based groups, agencies, organizations, and businesses.
– Under-utilized or non-traditional venues are activated.
– Outreach includes minority populations.
– The project elevates the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups.
– The application demonstrates other sources of financial support or matching funds.

FY24 Local Guidelines

The Grants Committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture offers grants annually that typically range from $150 to $1500 to fund arts, humanities and sciences programs benefiting the community of Arlington. Organizations, agencies, schools, non-profits, libraries and individuals may apply for grants that support activities in culture, humanities, arts, and sciences benefiting the Arlington community. All applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.

An Arts and Culture grant can be used for many purposes in Arlington, such as:
– Using music or art to bring people together, particularly historically marginalized groups
– Activating, elevating, or engaging youth through open mic nights, poetry readings, or storytelling events
– Creating an experiential program that brings interpretive science or history to life for a diverse audience
– Completing a public art installation, a musical composition, or theatrical performance
– Creating or enhancing an arts program addressing systemic racism, social or environmental justice, or cultural inclusion
– Supporting visual or musical artists whose work defies categorization and is experimental in nature

What are the grant requirements?
– The program must involve the arts, humanities or science.
– The program must have a public benefit for Arlington residents.
– The proposed project cannot discriminate on the basis of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin; or immigration, military or socio-economic status.
– Approved projects must take place between January 1, 2024 and be completed by December 31, 2024.

What makes a good application?
Each year the Grants Committee typically receives grant requests totaling about twice the funds we have available. Therefore we look for proposals that are thoroughly prepared:
– Identify the Arlington location where the event(s) will take place and include confirmations from the venue host.
– Provide dates and times, including duration of program.
– Budget: Include all costs and in-kind donations (i.e. free use of space or donated services) in your budget statement. Include all expenses including space rental, project supplies, marketing and fees.
– If permits (e.g., permission from the Town to utilize a public park) are needed for your proposal please identify where you are in the permitting process. While applicants do not need to acquire permits for the application submission, it is highly recommended to begin the planning process.
– If outreach and/or collaboration (e.g., working with a school system) is needed for your proposal, please identify what has been done and cite any related agreements.
– Is succinct and clear, and includes up to three printable pages of supplemental information in PDF format, per MCC guidelines.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arlington Center for the Arts, Inc. Arlington Porchfest 2023 $1,500
Arlington Jazz Festival, Inc. Arlington Jazz Jams $1,400
Belmont World Film, Inc. Belmont World Film's 20th Family Festival $1,000
Cambridge Youth Dance Program, Inc. Boston Tap Party $1,000
Cantilena, Inc. Fired Up! $2,000
Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum, Inc. restoration & unveiling Dallin painting. "Birdbath - Autumn" $800
Dalton, John Creative Music Quartet Masterclass/performance $600
Daniel, Don The Just A Minute Festival $372
Donnet, Claudia Pop-up Arabic Dance $890
Friends of Magnolia Park Magnolia Park Music Series $1,500
Jirmanus Saba, Mary Unsettling Massachusetts $2,000
Kapplow, Heather Monumental Gestures $1,500
Klein, Erica concert for flute, oboe and cello trio $1,000
Larget-Caplan, Aaron Looking Bach, Listening Forward – Aaron Larget-Caplan Recital $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $442
MacInnes, Rebecca "Crankie" Musical Story-Telling $600
Mayo, Sandra Two to Flower $460
Rantisi, Tareq World Music Concert Series : Celebrate Diverse Arlington $1,500
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts MCA’s WCT ASL Storytime & Interactive Creativity Workshop $1,000
Tincknell, Roger L. Old Time Sing-along $600
True Story, Inc. Stories of people with disabilities--across generations and changing times $1,500

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