Art support includes performance, history, music

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UPDATED, April 9: The Arlington Cultural Council (ACC) is honoring the 18 grantees for 2018 with a public reception set for Monday, April 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Robbins Library Community Room. Refreshments will be served and music provided by a jazz trio from Arlington High School.

Awards totaled $15,017, the council's full allotment from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that funds 329 local cultural councils. The grants went to:

Andrea Nicolay, “Arlington Author Salon”

Arlington Jazz, “Workshop and Jam Session at Arlington Jazz Festival”

Arlington Center for the Arts, "Artist Survival Series" and "I'm New Here: Perspectives on Migration"

Arlington Public Art, “Pathways: Art on the Minuteman Bikeway”

Claudia Donnet, “Middle Eastern Dance Theatrical Performance”

Courtney Sundell, “Public Art at Magnolia Park”

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, “Restoration and Unveiling of Cyrus Dallin Bust and Painting”

Delvena Theatre Company, “Isabella” at the Robbins library

Emily Calvin-Bottis, “Talking Chair” project at the Robbins Library

Family Folk Chorale,"Shed A Little Light Project”

Gail McCormick, “Our Changing Town”

Marion Carroll, “Music to Cure MS”

Paul Marotta, “Arlington Seniors Story Wall”

Philharmonic Society, “Almost-Spring Concert Through the Glass Ceiling: Six Centuries of Choral Music from Female Composers”

Thompson School PTO, “Art of Ancient Greece and Rome Educational Excursion”

Tommy Rull, “A Musical Journey Though the Years”

True Story Inc., "The Listening Project- Storytelling theatre for civic dialogue"

This year, The Arlington Cultural will also curate its own project, Art in Windows Initiative            

2019 grants sought in fall

The local cultural council will seek applications again in this fall for 2019. Information and forms will be available online ( The application deadline is Oct. 15. 

The Arlington Cultural Council is seeking additional members. Interested parties can contact us at arlingtonculturalcouncil[@] and attend one of our monthly meetings to find out more about what being a member entails. 

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. Current members’ names can be found on the MCC website: ACC’s email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and its Facebook page is

The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the state council, which then allocates funds to each community. Statewide, more than $3.3 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2018. 

Grants support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical-preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of local council funds support educational activities for young people.

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, and updated April 9.