September 5, 2014

(ARLINGTON, MA) The Arlington Cultural Council (ACC), a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), has been allocated $11,280 in grant monies for the 2015 grant cycle. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due by 5 pm, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 postmark deadline.

A Grant Information Session for those with questions about the process will be held on September 22, 7-8:30 pm, Arlington Senior Center, Upstairs Main Room, 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA 02476.

According to Council co-chairs Eliza Burden and Karin Blum, organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures and performances in schools, community centers and other public places.

For specific guidelines and complete information (including Application Forms; 2014 grant recipients and their projects), please go to the ACC website: Application forms are also available at Robbins Library and Town Hall.

For 2014, the ACC awarded 17 recipients a total of $12,000, out of 24 applicants. The remaining 2014 Arlington Cultural Council projects are:

9/6, 1-4pm Spy Pond Park Fun Day: with local sculptor/ACC grant recipient, Kevin Duffy. Dedication of the sculpture and Naming of the Swan contest will take place at 2:30 at Linwood Beach;

9/6, 7-9pm (Raindate, 9/7): Luminarium Dance Company, “NIGHT AT THE TOWER,” Arlington Water Tower, Park Circle, Arlington Heights, MA;

9/23, 12:30-1:30pm: True Story Theater’s “What nourishes us? Stories of love, connection and purpose,” Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA, 02476;

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF): October 15-19, Regent Theatre;
Samantha Fleishman’s “Stop Requested,” December date TBD, Arlington High School.
Linda Shoemaker’s “TEDxArlington Branding Buildup Contest,” date, time and place TBD.

About ACC: The Arlington Cultural Council distributes funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support arts, humanities and interpretive science projects that benefit our community. The ACC is actively seeking new members to join its group of dedicated volunteers. Arlingtonians interested in joining the Arlington Cultural Council in any capacity, should email Monthly meetings are open to the public (generally second Mondays, 7:30-9 pm). The next one is Monday, September 8, 7:30-9 pm, Jefferson Cutter Gallery.

The Arlington Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

More information can be found at and

CONTACT: Elisabeth Taylor 781-643-1586