This year, the Arlington Cultural Council granted over $12,930 to 15 grant recipients:

  • Capitol Square Business Association’s “Romancing the Square” – a Valentine’s Day celebration in East Arlington to include a poetry jam, poetry contest and art exhibit. The event is scheduled for February 9. Art will be displayed in local businesses through the month of February.
  • Arlington Center for the Arts’ “Arlington Interactive” transforms the town into a gallery without walls. The ACA plans to work with the MIT Media Lab to create an interactive digital arts and culture map, which can be populated by ACA and other organizations.
  • Margaret Moody’s “Puppets at ACA”Moody will present lively puppet shows for families on several winter and spring Saturdays at the Arlington Center for the Arts. After each show, children and parents will be invited to stay for puppet play and/or puppet-making activities.
  • Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) AIFF will run its 3rd Annual Poster Contest open to high school students in Arlington. At an awards ceremony, the top 10 posters are recognized and the winner is awarded a $500 scholarship and given national and international media exposure.
  • True Story Theater’s “True Stories of Arlington” True Story Theater plans to showcase several Arlington nonprofits through improvisational theater, song and movement.
  • Friends of Waldo Park Tree SculptureThe Friends have engaged artists to design and create a sculpture out of a tall tree stump in the Park. Lead Artist William Turville will oversee site preparation, carving and production of animal figures by other skilled Arlington artists.
  • Anna Christina Lawrence “Opera Unplugged”This program, part of the Menotomy Concert Series, is a one-night performance intended to introduce the audience to classical music and opera in particular. The program will consist of four short spoken sections and 4-5 sung sections. A question/answer section will conclude the performance. The event will be held on November 8, 2013 at Town Hall.
  • New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NEGASS)A combination of costumed singers and a pianist will present a program to 3rd and 4th graders to introduce the students to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
  • Arlington Public Art “Chairful Where You Sit”This is a pop-up installation on the Minuteman Bike Path that features artistically reinvented used chairs. The event is planned for the week of July 28 to August 2, 2013.
  • Dan Fox’s A-Town Jazz Festivalthe 2nd Annual A-Town Jazz Fest will be a community event featuring Arlington musicians. Performances/workshops are planned to be held at the Robbins Library, Jam ‘n Java, and the Arlington Center for the Arts April 6-7, 2013.
  • Ruth HarcovitzSoprano Ruth Harcovitz will present a program of Neapolitan songs, opera arias, and popular Italian songs in celebration of Italian-American month. The program will be performed at the Arlington Senior Center on October 15, 2013.
  • Delvena Theater CompanyDelvena Theater will bring history alive through a performance of Jack the Ripper. The target audience for this performance is 16 and above.
  • Parul Vakani and Chris Brenne “Arlington Alive and Kicking”Alive and Kicking is a one-day event at the Arlington Arts Center on April 20, 2013 featuring four musicians. This event is intended to promote community among professional Arlington-based musicians.
  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and Arlington Historical Society “Arlington Cultural Heights: 1900-1925”A collaborative research effort between the Dallin Museum and the Arlington Historical Society that will result in a publication highlighting the leading cultural figures in Arlington between 1900 and 1925, a time of significant cultural growth in Arlington, particularly in Arlington Heights and Crescent Hill.
  • Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee’s (ATED) Arlington Alive Arts Festival This block party on Broadway Plaza, planned for Saturday July 13, 2013, will be a free event that promotes the arts in Arlington. Music, dance, theater and the visual arts will share the street with local vendors and local businesses.