This year, the Arlington Cultural Council granted over $11,500 to 14 grant recipients:

  • Arlington Enrichment Collaborative — a Zen garden at Ottoson Middle School that will be designed and installed by the youth, staff and community.
  • Veronica Robles – a Celebration of Mexican Music and Dance by Veronica Robles and her mariachi.
  • Richard W. Clark – a one-person performance to be held at the Arlington Senior Center presenting the life and times of early 20th century “bad boy” Hollywood actor, John Barrymore.
  • Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) – a Friday Night Creative Art Program for Teens
  • Betsy Schramm and Pasquale Tassone – new musical compositions for the New England String Quartet that will be performed in May as part of the Menotomy Concert Series. The grant will also allow for a NE String Quartet performance and masterclass at Arlington High School.
  • The EcoFest Committee/Rain Garden Committee – the design and installation of educational signage at the new Rain Garden at Spy Pond Park.
  • Old Schwamb Mill – field trips for Ottoson 7th Grade Tech students to visit the Old Schwamb Mill, an intact 19th century mill, and to learn about the role of water power during Arlington’s Industrial Age.
  • Cantilena, Inc. – production of a professionally recorded CD of Cantilena, the Arlington women’s choral group, featuring the music of local composers Kenneth Seitz and Daniel Pinkham.
  • Center for Cancer Support and Education – the publication of a collection of poetry and prose by the Writers’ Group for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers.
  • Chris Kolb – a presentation of Garden Under the Oak, a lecture and discussion of how to create gardens that protect our ecological heritage.
  • Adria ArchArlington Windows Project, a program that selects local artists to display their work in empty Arlington storefronts that have been converted into street side gallery spaces.
  • Delvena Theater Company – a live performance of Meet Julia Child! a production to be held at Robbins library that seeks to entertain as well as educate the audience about the life of the famous chef.
  • Mark Sandman – promotion of the Jam ‘n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse that provides a free, live music venue for area performers on the first Monday of every month.
  • Don Daniel – the Just a Minute Festival, a competition of one-minute video shorts, in which submissions from Arlington participants will be separately judged. The grant will also allow for a partnership with Arlington Community Media Inc to teach high school students about video tools and techniques.