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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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Application Information

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

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arlington Housing Authority Free Arts Programming for Arlington Housing Authority Tenants $1,500
Arlington Jazz Festival, Inc. Emerging Artists at Arlington Jazz Festival $1,100
Belmont World Film, Inc. Belmont World Film's 21st Family Festival $700
Boykan, Deborah Influence of Native and African American Music on Dvorak and other Classical "Art" Music $875
Cantilena, Inc. “I Will Be Earth: The Poetry of Nature” a concert of poetry & music $1,500
Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum, Inc. Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration with the Red Hawk Singers and Dancers $1,500
Donnet, Claudia Raqs Sharqi, Dances from the East Pop-Up Performances $500
Dworkin, Motoko Tales of Now & Zen: An Evening of Stories for Adults $100
Friends of Magnolia Park Magnolia Park Summer Music Series $1,000
Hayward, Ryan Footsteps of the Patriots: A March of History $500
Hollander Ames, Amelia The New Romantics: Revolutionary Expression in Chamber Music $500
Lemski, Alex Creative Jazz in Arlington $500
Lexington Community Farm Coalition, Inc. Growing to Feed Us $525
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $476
Nath, Anjali Khelna (Play) $500
Philharmonic Society of Arlington, Inc. PSA Young Artist Competition and Performance $750
Strauss, Marina SKILL SHARING @ Mystic Open Studio $800
The Arlington Historical Society Jason Russell House Beer Garden Music Series $1,000
Tincknell, Roger L. From Ireland to America $450
Town of Arlington Lunar New Year Celebration in Arlington $2,000
Town of Arlington Idling Action Arlington $1,050
True Story, Inc. Stories of people with neurodivergence $1,500
Westford Chamber Players, Inc. “Movie Themes for Strings” – All Professional Musicians Concerts $500
ZAIDI, HAMMAD Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival $1,500

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