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The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture has an opportunity for artists from across all performance and art forms to “take to the streets” in June, July and August to share their art with Arlington residents and visitors as part of Live Arts Arlington.Live Arts Arlington

Artists will activate public space, via performance or demonstration, at an agreed upon date and time.  ACAC will provide advance promotion, signage, and a $100 stipend. 

Artists are encouraged to put out a “hat” to collect donations from the public.

Visit our Call for Artists page on Arts Arlington for all the information you need to join the Live Arts Arlington team here >>

Live Arts is a public-performance and creation initiative designed to put live arts in the path of the broadest swath of Arlington residents and visitors. Since 2019, Live Arts Arlington has included Egyptian dance, puppetry, classical, jazz and popular music performance, art making, portraiture and basket weaving. Arlington values diversity.

We strongly encourage candidates of varied backgrounds, including people of color, persons with disabilities, and others to apply. Sign up here >>

ArtistMeet Arts Arlington's featured artist

Read about performing artist Charles-Smith Métellus, a member of the troupe at True Story Theater here >>







Read all about the unique features that make Arlington a wonderful place to live and a destination for dining, shopping, arts, culture, and outdoor activities.

ACAC supports arts-related businesses, services 

Arlington-based arts-related businesses and organizations as well as individual arts instructors and performers are welcomed to submit a free directory listing on the Arts Arlington website and post arts-related events on our partner website Arts Boston to have them included on our town cultural calendar.
  • To submit a directory listing, please use this link
  • To post your arts-related events on our partner website, Arts Boston, please go here to start posting or create your new presenter/venue profile for free today! (You can now post virtual events or classes, but still use an Arlington address to be featured!)

OwlArtLinks Arlington April events

Photography April 6 Observation through the eye of a camera kens

Register for the monthly meeting of ArtLinks Arlington members, Wednesday, April 6, beginning at noon (virtual).

Guest presenters are nature photographers Rick Olick and Adine Storer.

They will be sharing their work, and will speak about their inspiration and the challenges they encounter as they follow their passions.

For more in information and a Zoom link, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

(Photo by Rick Olick)

Garage BandSave the date: Time to rock

Garage Band returns as the PorchFest after-party

Follow around your favorite performers during PorchFest on June 18, and then come to the afterparty, hosted by Arlington Global Service Station (334 Mass. Ave.) and organized by your friends at Arts Arlington! Garage Band is a pop-up dance party featuring bands and performers, and it's a great space to celebrate community and music, and wind down your PorchFest experience. You can read about past Garage Band success here on Arts Arlington. If you'd like to participate as organizer or performer for Garage Band, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
Register NOW for ACA Summer Arts Camps

Now through June
A special exhibit "Into the Woods: From Trees to Frames," tracing the steps involved in creating a frame from the tree to your living room. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10am - 4pm at Old Schwamb Mill (17 Mill Lane, Arlington)

Now through June 9
Integrated Cycles: Artists Respond to Our Changing Earth. Arlington Center for the Arts Shaira Ali Gallery (20 Academy Street, Arlington) Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 6 - 7:30pm.


April is National Poetry Month at Robbins Library. For National Poetry Month Events visit the Robbins Library page here.

April 9, 2pm
Program: Conservation of the Eagle and Shield in the Old Senate Chamber of the United States Capitol
Old Schwamb Mill (17 Mill Lane, Arlington). For more information, call 7981-643-0554.

April 9, 7:30pm
Halalisa Singers: Journey Home: Songs of Celebration at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church (630 Massachusetts Avenue). Visit here for tickets and information.

April 9, 7 - 8:30pm
What’s Happening, People? True Story Theater (zoom) Register here.

April 12, 7 - 8pm
Intersections of LGBTQIA+ Identity and Neurodiversity (virtual with closed captions available). Register here.

April 15
Jam’ N Java Open Mic at Kickstand Café! Happening the first and third Friday of every month at 7pm (virtual)
You can sign up as a performer or listener here.

April 16, 8pm
THROUGH THE DOORS - A Tribute to Jim Morrison & The Doors. With Kate Russo's "Piece of My Pearl," a powerhouse Janis Joplin tribute. The Regent Theatre: Arlington's Showplace!

April 23 1:30 - 3pm
Old Schwamb Mill Presents Storytelling Program: Frijole the Sleepy Sloth Wakes Up, featuring educator Peggy Fenner (children ages 5 to 8. Admission is $10 per family) For more information, call 781-643-0554.

April 28, 7 - 9pm
Workshop: Constructive Conversations Across Political Differences with True Story Theater (zoom). Register here.

April 30, 7:30 - 10:30pm
Blue Jean Ball, Arlington's favorite party, returns in person to celebrate connection and community, and support the Arlington Center for the Arts in the new Arlington Community Center.
Comong up in May

Wednesday May 4, 7 - 8:30pm
ArtLinks Arlington Event: When Art Strikes Controversy: Should your ethnicity affect the art you create. For more in information and a zoom link email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

May 21
Spring Festival: Locations around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Park Avenues. Live music, a puppet show, activities for kids, and much more are in the works, as well as 60 community painted storefront windows!

May 21, 2 - 5pm
Spring Festival Art and Artisans' Table Exhibits' at the Roasted Granola Café. 

Check here for more events at The Regent

Visit Robbins Library Ongoing Events here

Feb. 28, 2022: Cultural council awards 19 grants totaling $18,515

 This news announcement was published Sunday, April 3, 2022, and updated April 4.