Elisabeth Taylor, chair of the Arlington Cultural Council, has announced the award of 17 grants, totaling $12,300, for cultural programs in Arlington. The grants range from $200 to $1,500, with an average amount of $724.
Grantees were chosen from 30 competitive applications. The 2017 grant recipients represent a wide range of the arts and culture: music, visual, film and literature.
"Given ACC's limited budget, we are thrilled to be able to partially fund almost two-thirds of the requests," Taylor said in a news release issued Jan. 12. "Arlington has an amazing creative sector, including artists, humanitarians and imaginative problem solvers. We look forward to celebrating them and the aesthetic and economic impact of the arts and culture at our annual April event." The grantees:
-- Arlington Center for the Arts presents Arlington Porchfest: an outdoor community music festival, where local bands play on porches in a day-long celebration of music and community.
-- Arlington Children's Theatre summer-season actor financial aid: The project is for the financial aid program for ACT's August productions to assist Arlington child actors in need of financial assistant to participate in the production.
-- Arlington Commission on the Arts and Culture Pathways: ACAC and Arlington Public Art will collaborate to commission two artists to create temporary public artwork along the Minuteman Bike Path in spring.
-- Belmont World Film Family Festival presents 15 programs of animated and live action short and feature-length film programs from countries around the world during Martin Luther King Day weekend, featuring an appearance of creative director of Aardman; Merlin Crossingham.
-- Cantilena will perform in a concert titled “Radiant Sister” on Sunday, May 7, at UU Church of Arlington, 630 Mass. Ave. For this concert, Cantilena is featuring a newly commissioned work by Ellen Gilson Voth.
-- Creek River String Band will perform a concert at the Old Schwamb Mill (details to be announced).
-- Nayda A. Cuevas will have a pop-up art show "Puerto Rico and the United States" on March 11 at artlounge Arlington, 1346 Mass. Ave. Arlington Heights.
-- Delvena Theatre Company will have a performance of “Truly Eleanor,” a candid look at the greatest U.S. first lady, at Robbins Library (details to be announced).
-- Claudia Donnet, with Sarab-Mirage Dance Company, under the direction Seyyide Sultan, will present a staged dance performance consisting of dances of the Middle East this spring at the Arlington Center for the Arts (details to be announced).
-- Dan Fox presents the sixth annual Arlington Jazz Festival, previously the A-Town Jazz Festival, on April 17-30 at various Arlington venues, and will include free and ticketed events featuring professional musicians, as well as adult amateurs and students from Arlington High School.
-- Marc Gurton and 13Forest Gallery will have a Día de los Muertos artist residency, resulting in the construction of a window installation timed to coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month and Capitol Square’s annual celebration of Day of the Dead, set for Oct. 29.
-- Steve Henderson will present the play Mabel and Jerry at 1 p.m. Feb. 13, at the Arlington Council on Aging.
-- Laura A. Kiesel will coach Writing for Survival titled "Where I Come From and Where I am Going" -- expressive writing sessions at Young Adult Vocational Program in Arlington Heights and Wayside Youth's STEP program in Arlington Center this winter and early spring.
-- Andrea Nicolay will host the Arlington Author Salons quarterly at the Kickstand Café, with local authors reading from and discussing their works.
-- Old Schwamb Mill will present musical storytelling programs on Saturday, Sept. 30, as part of its annual open house.
-- Powers Music School will perform musical storytelling programs in February at Robbins Library and the Arlington Center for the Arts, presenting musical versions of two books by Doreen Cronin: “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type” and “Click, Clack, Surprise!”
-- True Story Theater is planning four events on how to recognize and address abuse in intimate relationships, Protecting Our Loved Ones, this spring at Robbins library community room and AYCC Room (details to be announced).
This announcement was published Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.
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