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From the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture newsletter: 

Holidays Season Newsletter from your friends at Arts Arlington

HRC logoArlington Human Rights Commission (AHRC) seeks an artist (or collaborating artists)  to create new work or adapt existing work for light pole banners for Black History Month, February 2021. Six designs are needed to make 12 new banners which will be hung along Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington for the month of February.

Designs will also be posted on the AHRC and the ArtsArlington websites along with bio/information about the artist and link to their website. The project will be promoted to local and regional press and both organizations’ social media. Our goal is to commission a Black artist to share their perspective on the historical and/or ongoing struggle for equity, inclusion and racial justice. Only Massachusetts residents are eligible. Selection will be made by a subcommittee of the AHRC.



In Arlington Heights, check out another parklet at the former Embassy Cleaners on Mass Ave, featuring window art designed by Adria Arch and painted with help from Cecily Miller and volunteers Jason Forney, Lilian Forney, and Rob Davison. Thanks to building owner Nicolaos Perhanidis for supporting this neighborhood improvement opportunity. Enjoy this video documenting the project!





The Artist Project is an annual collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts and 12 after-school community organizations located in the Boston area. The selected artist and children from each partner organization create a collaborative work of art inspired by the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. The Artist Project also engages students with the Museum’s collection through a series of group visits culminating in the thematic exhibition conceived, designed, and led by the jury-selected artist.Typically, the selected artist guides and collaborates with children ages 6 to 12 to create a final exhibition on view during the summer after its completion. The completed project is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA.The MFA provides the selected artist a stipend of $25,000 and a budget of $5,000 for materials.
  • For more information about the Community Arts Initiative Artist Project, community partners, past projects, and to apply, please visit mfa.org/artistproject
  • For more information and to RSVP for the upcoming zoom "Call to Artist" Info Session, Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 10-11:30am. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The online application deadline is January 22, 2021.  Eligibility: Experienced artists with demonstrated ability to complete large-scale projects involving different elements, community partners, and groups of children.
 Online application form to submit proposals will be through this Submittable Link
The New England Musicians Relief Fund hopes to distribute by the end of the year $200,000 in grants to musicians in need who were impacted by the pandemic. Professional musicians can apply for grants at NEMRF.org/apply. Anyone looking to donate can do so at NEMRF.org/takeaction.

The Fox and Owl Tiny Film and Photo Festival deadline for submissions has been extended into January to give families more time to participate. We continue to receive fun videos and drawings, directly and on social media. Anyone, any age or experience level, is welcomed! Inspiration, samples, and DIY starter kits are here.

The 2021 Arlington International Film Festival Call for Submissions opens December 15, 2020 and ends May 30, 2021. The festival welcomes submissions by indie filmmakers and high school students. For information about guidelines, please visit AIFF here

ACA Studio Spaces now available. The Arlington Center for the Arts is now reviewing applications to rent studio spaces in its facility at 20 Academy Street. Two semi-private co-working spaces and one private studio are currently available. Click here to apply



Arlington Community Education Winter Classes
WHEN: Register now for classes starting in January.

Sign up for classes such as The Writer’s Workshop, West African Hand Drumming, Beginning Basket Weaving, Kumihimo Jewelry, Watercolor — arts for all ages! Find out more information here.

ACA Open Studios 2020 Online Artist Market
WHEN: Now through December 31, 2020
Shop for gifts to support local artists participating in the 22st Annual Arlington Open Studios.

"Plenty 2020" at 13FOREST Gallery
WHEN: Now through January 8
13FOREST Gallery presents its 13th annual holiday exhibition, with limited in-person capacity by appointment only, or online in its digital gallery, showcasing diverse artists working in media ranging from painting, drawing and printmaking to photography and sculpture. 
Find out more information here.

ACA "Created Equal" Exhibition
WHEN: extended through January 15 in the ACA Hallway Gallery
This exhibition showcases artwork that exemplifies the mosaic of voices that contribute to our society and the equal weight all voices carry. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the successes of the Suffrage movement, it is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of ArlingtonFor more information, visit here

Belmont World Family Film Festival
WHEN: January 15-24

The 18th annual event goes virtual in 2021, expanding from its typical four days to 10. Festival includes special kid-friendly Zoom workshops on topics like claymation modeling, behind-the-scenes direct talks, and a film criticism workshop with Joyce Kulhawik, Ty Burr, and Peter Keough.  Find out more information here.

"Persistence: A Community Response to Pervasive Plastic"
WHEN: Now through end of October 2021
Enjoy this collaborative community art project with ACAC's first Artist-in-Residence, Michelle Lougee. See Persistence.

December Events at the Regent Theatre
Take a look at upcoming events at The Regent Theatre here!

Robbins Library Ongoing Events
Check out the Robbins Library Calendar here for more events!
Have arts or cultural events you'd like to share with ArtsArlington? Start here to create a free account on ArtsBoston, share details of your organization or venue, and add your Arlington-based events and we'll post them to our calendar, too!
ArtsArlington.orgis a free public resource providing information about town-wide arts events, arts instruction, artist grants, arts exhibition spaces, and other resources. It is produced by The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, the official umbrella organization for all town-related arts and culture activities. The Commission consists of a core committee and four main standing subcommittees: Community Engagement, Marketing and Evaluation, Fundraising, and Grants. 

We encourage anyone with skills in these areas to get involved! Join us!

The Commission's responsibilities include actively advocating for public access to arts and culture, promoting Arlington as a regional destination for arts & culture programs, managing the Arlington Cultural District, seeking and distributing arts-related grants, and supporting a robust public art program for the Town.

This news announcement was updated Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.