UPDATED, Feb. 8: This year's Blue Jean Ball, the third annual, raised about $20,000 for the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA), an amount exceeding its goal for this event.

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Aneleise Ruggles, representing the ACA, told YourArlington that an estimated 250 people attended at Town Hall on Feb. 1.

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"Funds raised at this event directly support our organization's mission to transform lives and build community through the arts," she wrote Feb. 7.

That money "will allow us to continue to present community programming, such as exhibitions, classes and workshops for children and adults; vacation arts camps and special annual events, like Open Studios, the Jug Bands Festival and Porchfest to Arlington and beyond."

Blue Jean Ball, 2020

She wrote that "every single silent-auction item donated to the event went home with a happy owner." Those items included regional getaways and excursions, tickets and subscriptions to local performing-arts organizations, handmade artwork from a range of talented local artists, bundles of baked goods, party supplies and gardening tools.

Arlington's favorite party of the year, with live music, dancing, art and fashion inspired by our "Blue in Bloom" theme, food, drink and a fabulous "artful" silent auction with one-of-a-kind art experiences, original artwork and an exciting not-to-be-missed raffle prize.

Proceeds of the silent auction and raffle will support ACA's efforts to produce high-quality, engaging community programs for Arlington and beyond.

Jennifer Truesdale BandAll-night entertainment will be provided by the Jennifer Truesdale Band, left.​

2020 Alan McClennen AwardAdria Arch

The ACA is pleased to be presenting the 2020 Alan McClennen Community Arts Award to Arlington resident and public-art pioneer Adria Arch, at right. ​

Arch is an Arlington-based visual artist who is also an educator and proponent of the arts in civic life. Since 2010, Adria has been involved in bringing public art programming to Arlington, and she was recently the co-chair of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Silent Auction Highlights


Canon Rebel T7i
Retail Value: $649
Donated by: Canon
4 Tickets to Blue Man Group
Retail Value: $340
Donated by: Blue Man Group
Rockport Excursion
Retail Value: $150
Donated by: Rockport Music & Julia Dunn
7-Day Vinalhaven, ME Getaway
Retail Value: $750
Donated by: Cathy Garnett


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This news announcement was published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, and updated Feb. 8, 2020.