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Filmmaker Stange honored

UPDATED April 20: Arlington Center for the Arts is the host for its annual spring party and fund-raiser in a reimagined event -- Spotlight ACA -- in the renovated Arlington Community Center at 27 Maple St. From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29.Eric Stange

This one-night-only event features music, dancing, food and drink. Attendees will also experience an interactive taste of all ACA signature programs. 

In addition, ACA is to present Arlington-based filmmaker and community arts supporter Eric Stange with the 2023 Alan McClennen Community Arts Award in recognition of the skill and passion he has demonstrated in film and for his important contributions to the cultural life here and beyond. 

Three music groups


Made in the Shade kicks off the evening with some New Orleans-style jazz, and then Outrageous Fortune presents a blend of jazz, folk and blues straight out of ACA’s annual Great Northeast Jug Band Festival.

Later, get your Arlington Porchfest fix with fan-favorite Taal Mel and its mix of American rock and pop with traditional Indian classical and Bollywood flare.

Guests have a chance to immerse themselves in ACA’s creative programs with demos and hands-on activities led by ACA faculty and local artists Justine Curran, Ellie House, Deb Lewis, Allison Power, Anastasia Semash and Anna Thai. 

Online auction open now

Attendees also can bid on various silent-auction items, including original artwork; one-of-a-kind local experiences, such as an Arlington staycation package, a New Hampshire getaway and exclusive tickets to a sold-out evening with legendary comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Bidding is open online. For listings and details, visit

Wondering what to wear? ACA suggests keeping it festive/casual, and while the theme this year doesn’t include a dress-code suggestion, denim-inspired is always welcome. Simply come as you are, ready to enjoy a fun evening of music, dancing, community, and creativity.

All proceeds support the Arlington Center for the Arts’ community arts programs.

Celebrate the year-round work of this nonprofit organization and its mission to transform lives and build community through art classes, camps, exhibits and special events, such as Arlington Open Studios and Arlington Porchfest.


ACA was established in 1988 by a visionary group of artists as a place where people come together to create and share art. More than three decades later, ACA remains a vibrant resource and a cornerstone of the town’s cultural district. ACA is in the Arlington Community Center at 20 Academy St.

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This news announcement was updated Thursday, April 20, 2023, based on information from Aneleise Ruggles of the ACA.