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ACA's annual meeting, 'REAL' discussion Friday

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The Arlington Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting and a plus a panel discussion about the exhibit "Readl!" on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

During the event, we will reflect on the events of 2021, share highlights of our ongoing work to transform lives and build community through the arts, and celebrate the support of those who make it all possible. We'll also be welcoming new board members and sharing words of appreciation about members exiting our board of directors. 

The 2021 annual meeting and "REAL!" panel discussion will feature co-curator Dan Cianfarini, juror Phil Young, and exhibiting artists Paul Beckingham, Minna Rothman and Vicki Paret.

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See 52 winter-themed windows on Heights stroll Saturday

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UPDATED Nov. 29: The Arlington Heights Community Association, with support from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, presents this year’s Arlington Heights Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. 
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Visitors of all ages can enjoy viewing 52 winter-themed painted windows in 21 business storefronts and are invited to support our Arlington businesses by dining and shopping locally. Free family fun activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The Roasted Granola Café, 1346 Mass. Ave., will be serving hot apple cider and a snowman character will be strolling along Mass. Ave. handing out treats. 

This free, family-fun activity includes outdoor games ― such as cornhole and ring toss ― held in front of the bus depot, 1389 Mass. Ave., so it won’t interfere with families walking by, Janet O’Riordan, Arlington Heights Community Association, told the Select Board on Nov. 22.


PAPER BIRDS & PAPER DRAGONS (ages 5-9) with Tonya Grifkin, local artist and certified art teacher. 

Wonder Yoga will host this event inside their studio at 1305 Massachusetts Avenue. Masks required.

CLASSIC PHOTO-OP with face cutouts of Gingerbread person and a Snowman. Bring your cell phone.

Classic Kitchen and Bath will host this fun event inside their showroom at 1321 Mass. Ave. 

FAMILY GAMES Come play Corn Hole and Candy Cane Ring Toss games outdoors in front of the Heights Bus Depot on Massachusetts Avenue.

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'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington' at Fox

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UPDATED Nov. 2: An open-air celebration of "Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington""Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington" drew an estimated 100 people on Sunday, Oct. 31, an event delayed a day by rain. outside the Edith M. Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave., East Arlington

The public art project displays the contributions of dedicated AHS student interns who worked on it through the summer with artist Tom Starr, ACAC Public Art Curator Cecily Miller and APS Green Teams coordinator Rachel Oliveri.

Families, town and state elected officials, representatives of environmental and arts organizations, and others cheered on speakers, including Starr and the organizers, Jenny Raitt from town planning, APS Superintendent Dr. Liz Holman, Alan Linov of Arlington Community Electricity, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel of ACAC and especially the students themselves, who spoke passionately about their research and concerns for urgently addressing climate change. 

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As 2 new Dallin paintings unveiled, an explanation

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'Dallin's Self-Portrait'

Experience the unveiling of not one ― but two ― recently acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin paintings.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Dallin Museum Director/Curator Heather Leavell is the host for a Zoom presentation of “Mrs. Hall’s Letter” and Dallin’s “Self-Portrait,” the only two-dimensional likeness by the artist known to exist.

Register at the Dallin website, under Programs & Events, click the event’s registration link >> 

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

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Celebrate town arts via ACAC news

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Townwide arts celebrated on 'Talk of the Town'Talk of Town

ACMi's James Milan hosted another Talk of the Town ArtsArlington update with ACAC co-chair Stewart Ikeda and Public Art Curator Cecily Miller.

Discussions ranged from beautifying town parklets and cultural-district updates, to public-art exhibitions we'll say goodbye to this season (PersistenceGo Out Doors Neighbors, and Reflecting on Our Pandemic Experience), to such exciting new projects as Tom Starr's Remembrance of Climate Futures and Chanel Thervil's Portraits of Black Arlington.

The conversation also went behind the scenes of ACAC's work to advocate for ARPA relief to the economically hard-hit cultural sector and accessible live-work spaces for town artists.

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ACA's winter registration is open

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Explore a new medium, develop your techniques, and connect with yourself, as well as your community, through our classes and workshops.Begin 2022 with an investment in your creativity and learning at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Whether you are looking to join us in-person at ACA or if you plan to get cozy at-home through an online class, we cannot wait to see where your inspiration takes you.

Check out our full Interactive Digital Catalog >>

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Menotomy Rocks pandemic exhibit closes with music, poetry

Reflections with Nilou Mouchhala at Menotomy Rocks

A fall celebration and community gathering was held Saturday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct 24). The closing event for "Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience," above, at Menotomy Rocks Park.

Join us for poetry, music and conversation in an inspiring setting: an evocative art installation – woven into a beautiful pine forest – that invites you to reflect on Arlington's experiences of the pandemic.

Experience the installation before it closes in mid-November and meet the artist Nilou Moochhala.

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23rd annual Open Studios returned in-person

Porchfest Stage at Town Hall steps; indoor events require vaccination proof

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UPDATED Nov. 13: The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) held its 23nd annual Arlington Open Studios on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event returned to a primarily in-person format, with lots of new features and visitor favorites. The ACA requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or recent negative PCR test from all artists and event attendees ages 12 and older for all indoor parts of Open Studios. Read the full policy here >> Masks are required of all visitors to town facilities.

Free and open to the public, this festival was on the largest event footprint to date in the heart of Arlington Center.

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Art flowed at Spy Pond through October

Artists hope to inspire people to rehabilitate waterways

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UPDATED, Sept. 30: "Confluence," a new public-art installation by Arlington artists Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding, is on display at Spy Pond Park near the playground through Oct. 31.

The artists shared a children’s activity regarding waterway health during Spy Pond Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Deadline passes for 2022 arts grants

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UPDATED, Oct. 17: The grants committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (Arlington Cultural Council) has announced the opening of the 2022 grant-application cycle on Sept. 1. All applications were to be submitted on or before Oct. 15, but because of software issues, that deadline was extended to Monday, Nov. 1, at 11:59 p.m.

The committee offers annually grants that typically range from $150 to $1,000. A grant can be used for many purposes to benefit the community of Arlington, including using the arts to create cultural inclusion, to bring interpretive science or history to life or to address social or environmental justice. 

The committee receives its funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For the complete guidelines, click here >>  

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