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Arlington Cultural Council

The Arlington Cultural Council (ACC) supports public programs in our community that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities and the interpretive sciences. The ACC is a local council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and disperses funds allocated by the MCC to successful grant applicants. Members of the council 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. The Council is 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 once a month and all are open to the public. The dates are posted on the Town website.


Susan Larson, Chair

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

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 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.

FY23 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, 2023 and be completed by December 31, 2023.

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.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Davis, Hazel D. Two Voices: Crossing The Space Between Us $2,000
The Delvena Theatre Company A Cup of Tea $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $500
Friends of Magnolia Park Magnolia Park Summer Music Series $1,000
Moody, Margaret "The Trolls and the Tree": Creating an Immersive Theater Experience for Children $500
Zemba, Natalie Kalliope Reed Quintet brings new music to Arlington! $1,425
Arlington Center for the Arts, Inc. Teen Artists on the Issues $1,500
McGowan, Rebecca Popup Step About $1,000
True Story, Inc. True stories from seniors & people with disabilities $1,200
Belmont World Film, Inc. Belmont World Film's 19th Family Festival: Where Stories Come Alive $1,000
Roseman, Jessica NOURISH @ LexFarm $1,500
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Inc. AIFF: Celebrating the Arts through Music $1,200
Arlington Cultural District Arlington Author Salon $940
Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture Portraits of Black Arlington $1,500
Arlington Jazz Festival, Inc. Pop-Up Jazz $600
Wong, Diane Opening the Door to Reparations Dialogue $500
Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum, Inc. Dallin: Art and Historical Figures $300
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts Arts Access: MCA's WCT ASL Storytime and Interactive Workshop Project $750
Dalton, John Spheres of Influence Performance/masterclass $600

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