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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

You can see an interview with Nilou Moochhala here:

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Luminarium’s “Night at the Tower” to receive prestigious MA Cultural Council Gold Star Award!

Photo - LuminariumLuminarium Dance Company’s “Night at the Tower,” funded by the Arlington Cultural Council, has been selected by parent Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to receive a Gold Star Award. The MCC explained that the “Night at the Tower” project received this distinction because of its success in integrating the arts into the Arlington community. Collectively, Gold Star winning projects like theirs tell the story of how culture contributes to the quality of life in cities and towns across Massachusetts. This award marks the second year running for Arlington Cultural Council-MCC grantees. Last year it was the Arlington International Film Festival.

The Gold Star Program annually recognizes model community arts, humanities and science projects funded by the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) across the state. These projects celebrate diversity, foster collaboration, showcase artistic excellence and provide learning experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Gold Star awards are nominated by Local Cultural Councils and are evaluated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council based on a variety of criteria including: artistic quality, success in reaching out to underserved constituents, educational value, and ability to engage with the community. The LCC Program is the largest volunteer-run, grassroots arts funding program in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences annually.

The Arlington Cultural Council recently announced its 2015 grant awards to 19 projects, chosen from thirty-one competitive applications. The Press Release can be found at, and

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The MCC is committed to building a central place for the arts, sciences and humanities in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individual artists. The MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the NEA, the Wallace Foundation, and other sources.

Visit Luminarium Dance Company’s website –

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The Arlington Cultural Council is pleased to announce its 2015 grants, totaling $12,500 (ranging from $200 to $1,200). The 19 grantees and their project summaries follow.

Arlington Art Hunt (Karen Dillon) – An updated version of the original Arlington Art Hunt (2006) and the Bicentenial Art Hunt (2007), both of which highlight Arlington’s landscape, architecture and artistic elements.

“Art. Food. Community.” (Eileen de Rosas and Melody Wolfe Thomas) – These two ceramic artists and educators will produce an integration and enrichment project for the Thompson Elementary School, beginning January 2015. Collaborating with teachers to develop individualized workshops using ceramic arts to deepen understanding of other curriculum areas, each class of the school will take both ceramic-bowl-making and glazing workshops. Of the two bowls created, students will keep one, donating the other to “Arlington EATS,” a nonprofit that works to alleviate food insecurity in Arlington.

A-Town Teen Video Contest (Eric Segal) – Eleven videos produced by Arlington teens were screened at the first A-Town’s 2014 Teen Video Contest in 2014 held at the Regent Theatre for 100 attendees. The two-hour program is emceed by a local official, attended by a panel of “celebrity” judges, and includes an awards ceremony. Teens submit videos by a publicized deadline, that meet published criteria. Grant funds will help increase both participation by teens, and outreach for a larger audience.

Belmont World Film’s 12th Annual Family Festival – For children under ten, a multi-day film festival featuring extraordinary films from around the world, many with English subtitles. Funds will be used for the first night of the film festival (January 16), held at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, to have a professional voiceover artist read the subtitles aloud.

“A Chance to Dress” (Alice Bouvrie) – A film about Dr. John Southard, a respected geologist and Professor at MIT, who is an open cross-dresser. The film explores the various dimensions of identity and the diversity of gender expression, puts a human face on the phenomenon of cross-dressing and neutralizes the stigma against cross-dressers.

Creek River String Band (Stroker Rogovin) – The Band will perform two concerts at events sponsored by Old Schwamb Mill and Spy Pond Environmental Task Group.

Dallin Art Museum-Arlington Public School Days – a program developed in partnership with the Arlington School District to enrich the elementary curriculum through engaging, family-oriented activities at the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in spring 2015. Schools will be invited to the Museum for age-appropriate tours, scavenger hunts and a dream catcher art project.

“Elemental – Art Rocks Spy Pond Park” (Arlington Public Art, Adria Arch) – an exhibition of temporary public art at Spy Pond Park, featuring up to ten sculpture and site-specific installations by local and regional artists that address humans’ relationship to the natural world.

Family Dance at Robbins Farm (Folk Arts Center of New England) – an outdoor folk dance gathering at Robbins Farm during summer 2015, led by accomplished folk dance educator Marcie Van Cleave for beginners, children and participants of all ages, including many older Arlington residents who are active folk dancers, as well as young parents and their children. Marcie has international experience and will use it to increase appreciation of traditional dance and music through active participation.

“I am Arlington” (Nilou Moochhala) – a community and public art project that seeks to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of this town, through interviews to collect the “voices” of a wide swath of community members. The project launch will be a window installation of cards at Maxima Art Center in Spring 2015, and will include installations at different venues.

Images of Arlington: #myArlington [Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA)] – a community photography project that will take ACA’s annual “Images of Arlington” exhibit in a new direction: interactive, crowd-curated and social media-driven. A call for photos will ask folks to document their daily haunts, personal landmarks, local characters, etc.; the photos will be post to an online gallery; the public will crowd-curate the exhibit by “liking” their favorite images; the top 100 will become part of a physical exhibition at ACA.

Legendary Locals of Arlington (Barbara Goodman and Marjorie Howard) – a 128-page book telling the stories of both the famous and the unsung heroes of Arlington. It will include both historic and contemporary figures such as Alan Hovhaness, Cyrus E. Dallin and James McGough, as well as community activists, sports figures and military heroes. The project will include public presentations to a variety of audiences.

The Marble Collection (TMC) – TMC creates a publication that cultivates creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a process that affirms their voices and deepens learning. The only statewide print and online magazine featuring artwork, photography, poetry and writing by students in grades 8-12, the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is juried and of professional quality. Students are offered one-on-one College-level e-Mentors.

“Meeting of Generations: Arlington Youth Perform Jazz for Seniors” (Dan Fox) – Part of the weekend Fourth Annual A-Town Jazz Festival, run by Dan Fox from Morningside Music Studio, this performance will be free, open to the public and held at the Senior Center. The up-to-eight student ensemble will consist of high school, middle school, and home-schooled jazz musicians performing swing music from the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Assembled and coached by Dan Fox, the group will have two rehearsals. Tom Ferrante will be special guest clarinetist.

Philharmonic Society of Arlington Outdoor Summer Concert – In collaboration with the Friends of Robbins Farm Park, for their annual free performance series, this classical music concert for all ages will run from 6 pm until dusk. The program will include works by R. Strauss, Verdi, Joplin and Gershwin. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic supper.

Seniors to Kids and Back Again (Joseph Porcino) –The goal of this three-part workshop is to facilitate a sharing of those little and funny moments of our lives with seniors and children, so they may truly see and enjoy each other’s humanity.
Part 1: A third grade class learns storytelling games that help them remember and tell stories from their 9 years. Next, they imagine the thousands of stories seniors must have from all their years of living and brainstorm questions to ask seniors to help elicit those memories.
Part 2: At the Arlington Senior Center later that day, these questions start a workshop on remembering and shaping memories into engaging stories for children.
Part 3: A week later, the class visits the seniors to hear them regale their listeners with their life stories.

Sharing a New Song Chorus Concert (SANS) (Louise Grasmere) – The 90-voice chorus of members from Greater Boston uses choral music to reach across social and political boundaries in the U.S. and other countries to promote intercultural understanding and lasting relationships. They will sing a concert at Arlington First Parish in the Spring of 2015, featuring repertoire for SANS’ upcoming May 2015 Cuba trip. The program will include a diverse selection of music from America and other countries where SANS has traveled. Chorus members will offer reflections on their experiences through a slide show before the concert.

True Stories of Environmental Citizen Action [True Story Theater (TST), Christopher Ellinger] – TST and Arlington’s Vision 2020 Sustainable Arlington (SA) will partner to vividly tell the story of what citizens are doing to sustain the environment. They aim to inspire people to get involved in SA through four ways:
– TST storytelling skills workshop for SA (and local allies) on how to be more effective spokespeople;
– Coaching for up to 6 people to further strengthen the application of these skills;
– Public performance 3/14/15 at the Senior Center, dramatizing SA’s successes, challenges and needs;
– ACMI training of a group of participants to film and edit the performance, broadcast it on local cable TV, and post it on Vision 2020’s website as a “Living Brochure.”

Two to Tango (Richard Clark) – A one hour, two-person play in two acts: Scenes from “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman and “Visitor from New York” by Neil Simon, at the Arlington Senior Center. Two contrasting scenes take the audience on a bittersweet tour of life, love, marriage and loss. From Henry II’s 12th-century England, to contemporary bi-coastal cultures, this is a journey into the sometimes “foul rag and bone shop” of the human heart. The production’s minimal set/props provide rich content and drama. The characters uplift us with the message that love, even bruised and broken, remains a splendid thing.

Here are the slides from the Grant Information Session held on Monday, September 22nd, 2014:


Power Point Presentation.pdf

ACC GRANT INFORMATION SESSION, Monday, September 22, 7-8:30 pm, at the Arlington Senior Center, Upstairs Main Room, 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA 02476.

Members of the Arlington Cultural Council will present a general overview, show a successful grant, grantee final report, and answer individual questions about your proposal ideas/drafts.

Valuable information will be presented to help you become a successful candidate/grantee.

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

For those Arlingtonians who feel invested in the cultural life of Arlington, they can be part of the Arlington Cultural Council that supports local artists, humanities, and interpretive science scholars, and brings outside productions and presentations to Arlington audiences.

The ACC is actively seeking new members to join its group of dedicated volunteers. Of special interest are people with experience in graphic design.

Those interested in joining the Arlington Cultural Council in any capacity, should email Monthly meetings are open to the public (generally second Mondays from 7:30-9pm). The next ACC meeting is Monday, September 8, 7:30-9pm, Jefferson Cutter House Gallery, 611 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474.

More information can be found at

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