(Boston, MA) – The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) today approved a spending plan for the coming year that will invest more than $12 million in grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, education & youth programs, and working artists across the Commonwealth.
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Starting on September 1st, grant recipient hopefuls may begin to submit applications for an Arlington Cultural Council grant. Proposals to the ACC for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due by 5 pm, Monday, October 17, 2016 postmark deadline.

A Grant information session for those with questions or help with draft proposals will be held on Tuesday September 20th 7-8:30 pm, at the Arlington Senior Center lower level, 27 Maple Street, Arlington. Read the rest of this entry »

Due to the inclement weather, An Evening of Arts & Culture has been postponed to April 5, from 6-7:30 pm. It will take place at Arlington Center for the Arts at 41 Foster Street.

Stay warm!

The Arlington Cultural Council invites you to An Evening of Arts & Culture.

ACC Reception Postcard

MONDAY | APRIL 4, 2016 | 6PM
Lyons Hearing Room | Arlington Town Hall | Arlington, MA 02476
An evening to:
  • Honor the 2016 Arlington Cultural Council grant recipients
  • Find out more about events we are supporting this calendar year through our grants
  • Celebrate our town’s growing arts and cultural scene during this vibrant evening
Please join this year’s current grant recipients, members of the Arlington Cultural Council and other supporters of the arts and culture here in town. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a brief program at 6:30pm.


Karin Blum and Merli V. Guerra, Co-Chairs of Arlington Cultural Council (ACC), have announced the award of seventeen grants totaling $12,200, for cultural programs in Arlington (ranging from $200 to $1,500, with an average grant of $717). Grantees were chosen from twenty-seven competitive applications. “We are continuously impressed by the caliber of projects presented to our council. This year’s grant recipients are equally exceptional, and we look forward to watching their performances, programs, and events unfold throughout 2016,” say Co-chairs Merli V. Guerra and Karin Blum.

The 2016 grant recipients, listed below, represent a wide range of arts: music, visual, film, and literature.

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Arlington Cultural Council (ACC) is accepting grant applications for 2015-16 Grant Cycle!

Deadline: October 15, 2015

For Grant Guidelines and Application Forms:
ACC GL 2015-16 _9.3.15;

There are also 2 sample applications that you can use as examples of how to write your application.   in addition to our standard sample grant application we’ve added the 2014 grant application for the Luminarium project which won the MCC’s Gold Star Award.   You can find them here.

Fillable Word doc application:

Hard copies are available at Robbins Library, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington Town Hall Selectmen’s Office, and at Arlington Cultural Council’s booth at Town Day, Saturday, September 12.

If you would like to learn more about the grant application process, please join us at our Grant Information Workshop: Wednesday, September 16, 7-8:30, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Lower Level.

We look forward to reading your proposals!


The Folk Arts Center of New England is sponsoring a Family Folk Dance, near the playground at Robbins Farm Park, on Sunday July 19th, 2pm to 4pm (weather permitting). The rain date will be August 2nd. It will be an expanded version of a successful dance held last summer at the same location. Professional folk musicians will be providing traditional dance music from around the world. Beginners and children are welcome at this free participatory dance.International and American folk dances will all be taught by Marcie Van Cleave, a renowned folk dance educator, who makes folk dancing great fun for all ages. Marcie has been teaching Folk Dancing every Friday night, from Sept through June, for many years at the Park Ave. Congregational Church in Arlington Heights.If you’re not sure you want to dance, stop by to watch, and enjoy the live world music. For possible weather cancellation, call 781-438-4389 or check the  Folk Arts Center Facebook Page after noon on the day of the dance.

This dance is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

July 8, 2015

Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director, 617-858-2720

Legislature Votes to Increase MCC Funding by $2 Million

(Boston, MA) – The state Legislature approved a budget today that increases annual funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by $2 million.

The budget allocates $14 million for MCC’s core grants and services for fiscal year 2016. If signed by the Governor, the budget will allow the agency to increase its investment in nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, creative youth development, and artists. It would be the largest allocation since fiscal year 2002, when state funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through MCC was just over $19 million.

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11412133_10153454681828489_5557297773027357760_n“I Am Arlington” is a community and public art project that seeks to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of this town. It consists of interviews with various members of the Arlington community: administrators, community stakeholders, 1st/2nd/3rd generation families, young parents, and other relevant groups.

These responses (to date) have been into a series of “I Am Arlington” cards. Each card focuses on a specific characteristic of the town, combined with historical images from the Arlington Historical Society. Through the process of “making visual” the different experiences, feelings, and thoughts of this vibrant and multi-faceted community, it aims to promote new conversations about art, diversity, and what it means to belong.

This project will capture the “spirit” of Arlington as it is today. This project has been installed public art windows can be seen from June 15 to August 15 at Maxima Art Center in the neighborhood of East Arlington.

The artist, Nilou Moochhala, is a practicing graphic designer with her own studio, as well as a public artist who has participated in events such Art Rocks Menotomy and Chairful Where You Sit. She has lived in Arlington for 7 years.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the “I Am Arlington” project, please email her at nilou@nymdesign.com.

You can see an interview with Nilou Moochhala here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVsJoNnOsbs

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State Senate Increases Cultural Funding via MCC by $2 Million

(Boston, MA) – The state Senate unanimously approved a budget amendment today that would increase annual funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by $2 million.

The Senate fiscal year 2016 budget plan allocates $14 million for MCC, an increase of nearly 17 percent from the current state appropriation. The Senate must now reconcile its budget proposal with that of the House, which recommended funding MCC at its current level of $12 million.

Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich led the effort as Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Cultural Caucus. “Arts and tourism are a vibrant part of the economy in the region I represent. It nurtures the creative spirit and soul of Massachusetts,” Wolf said on the Senate floor. “A decade and a half ago our support was almost three times that amount. We are asking for a significant increase compared to the House and Governor but are not close to where we were.”

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester called MCC grants “seed capital” that help nonprofit organizations drive local economies. And Senator Mark Montigny said arts and cultural funding through MCC has played a central role in revitalizing the heart of New Bedford, his hometown.

House and Senate leaders will select members of a conference committee that will work out budget differences before bringing a final plan back to their respective chambers, then back to the Governor for his approval. This process should be completed before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

The Senate vote came after a coalition including MCC, MASSCreative, Mass Humanities, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition, with advocates across the state, urged legislators to restore cultural funding. MCC originally sought $15 million for next year.

“This is another step forward in our effort to restore state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences so that our sector can continue to deliver value to our communities,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker.

Walker thanked Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst for his support, along with Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka of Ashland, & Senators Wolf, Eric Lesser of Longmeadow & Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, Chair & Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development; and 17 of their Senate colleagues who cosponsored the amendment to restore MCC funding. She also thanked MASSCreative and the many advocates who added their voices to this effort, and encouraged them to stay engaged through the final stages of the budget process.

See MCC’s Advocacy Action Center for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.3 million, which includes a state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

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