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ACA summer-camp registration open for members, public Jan. 26

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Registration opened for ACA's Summer Arts Camps for kids and teens on Wednesday, Jan. 19, when ACA begins a one-week registration presale for all current ACA members.

Not a current ACA member?  Advance registration access is just one of the many special benefits offered to members of our organization. To learn more about our membership program, including information on how to become a member, please visit the membership page >>

A reminder that a Family Membership level is required to receive member discounts on camp tuition.

Registration opens to the general public on Jan. 26.

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Dallin Art Museum succeeds despite pandemic

Dallin Art Museum co-founder James McGough welcomes you.
Dallin Art Museum co-founder James McGough welcomes you.

The Dallin Museum reopened in August, and visitors are again treated to engaging experiences with our wonderful docents. The museum recently hired its first part-time, paid docent manager ― and can now expand its docent program, and promote the museum more widely as a community resource and tourist destination.

In response to the pandemic, the museum developed a robust slate of programming to extend its reach beyond the museum’s walls:

  • The art and architecture walking tour of Arlington Center, held monthly from May through September, attracted about 30 attendees per tour, many new to the museum. About half patronized local restaurants post-tour, demonstrating the museum’s positive economic impact in the community.
  • Virtual talks on the Paul Revere monument, Storrow Memorial, Sculpture for Justice and Female Strength and Sculpture, and two new Dallin paintings attracted more than 650 viewers across the country. The museum’s online presence also expanded through the redesign of its website,, as well as a new online gift shop and Wikipedia entries for Dallin’s public works. The museum’s active and strategic social media engagement has dramatically increased our followers across all platforms.
  • Given the centrality of Indigenous peoples in Dallin’s life, the museum increased its efforts to uplift their experiences and perspectives. The museum supported the Arlington Human Rights Commission’s Indigenous Peoples Day campaign and, in honor of the newly adopted holiday, hosted a virtual conversation with Ute Elder Forrest Cuch on trauma and healing. The museum is also innovating a new program to supply art materials to children in Indigenous communities in Utah that have been disproportionately affected by Covid.

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As 2 new Dallin paintings unveiled, an explanation

Dallin Self-Portrait
'Dallin's Self-Portrait'

Experience the unveiling of not one ― but two ― recently acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin paintings.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Dallin Museum Director/Curator Heather Leavell is the host for a Zoom presentation of “Mrs. Hall’s Letter” and Dallin’s “Self-Portrait,” the only two-dimensional likeness by the artist known to exist.

Register at the Dallin website, under Programs & Events, click the event’s registration link >> 

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

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'Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington' at Fox

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UPDATED Nov. 2: An open-air celebration of "Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington""Remembrance of Climate Futures in Arlington" drew an estimated 100 people on Sunday, Oct. 31, an event delayed a day by rain. outside the Edith M. Fox Library, 175 Mass. Ave., East Arlington

The public art project displays the contributions of dedicated AHS student interns who worked on it through the summer with artist Tom Starr, ACAC Public Art Curator Cecily Miller and APS Green Teams coordinator Rachel Oliveri.

Families, town and state elected officials, representatives of environmental and arts organizations, and others cheered on speakers, including Starr and the organizers, Jenny Raitt from town planning, APS Superintendent Dr. Liz Holman, Alan Linov of Arlington Community Electricity, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel of ACAC and especially the students themselves, who spoke passionately about their research and concerns for urgently addressing climate change. 

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Menotomy Rocks pandemic exhibit closes with music, poetry

Reflections with Nilou Mouchhala at Menotomy Rocks

A fall celebration and community gathering was held Saturday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct 24). The closing event for "Reflecting on our Pandemic Experience," above, at Menotomy Rocks Park.

Join us for poetry, music and conversation in an inspiring setting: an evocative art installation – woven into a beautiful pine forest – that invites you to reflect on Arlington's experiences of the pandemic.

Experience the installation before it closes in mid-November and meet the artist Nilou Moochhala.

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23rd annual Open Studios returned in-person

Porchfest Stage at Town Hall steps; indoor events require vaccination proof

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UPDATED Nov. 13: The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) held its 23nd annual Arlington Open Studios on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event returned to a primarily in-person format, with lots of new features and visitor favorites. The ACA requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or recent negative PCR test from all artists and event attendees ages 12 and older for all indoor parts of Open Studios. Read the full policy here >> Masks are required of all visitors to town facilities.

Free and open to the public, this festival was on the largest event footprint to date in the heart of Arlington Center.

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Art flowed at Spy Pond through October

Artists hope to inspire people to rehabilitate waterways

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UPDATED, Sept. 30: "Confluence," a new public-art installation by Arlington artists Laurie Bogdan and Kimberley Harding, is on display at Spy Pond Park near the playground through Oct. 31.

The artists shared a children’s activity regarding waterway health during Spy Pond Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Deadline passes for 2022 arts grants

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UPDATED, Oct. 17: The grants committee of the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (Arlington Cultural Council) has announced the opening of the 2022 grant-application cycle on Sept. 1. All applications were to be submitted on or before Oct. 15, but because of software issues, that deadline was extended to Monday, Nov. 1, at 11:59 p.m.

The committee offers annually grants that typically range from $150 to $1,000. A grant can be used for many purposes to benefit the community of Arlington, including using the arts to create cultural inclusion, to bring interpretive science or history to life or to address social or environmental justice. 

The committee receives its funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For the complete guidelines, click here >>  

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Dallin Museum celebrates town's first Indigenous People’s Day

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In honor of Arlington’s inaugural Indigenous People’s Day, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is hosting Ute Elder Forrest Cuch in a virtual event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.

Cuch, Ute tribal elder and former director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, will discuss the history of oppression of the Utah tribes within the context of the Doctrine of Discovery, a principle of international law used to justify centuries of Colonial violence against indigenous peoples.

Cuch will explore the still-present effects of this doctrine and provide insight into a broad range of issues affecting indigenous communities in the United States today. He will also share his thoughts about how to learn from the past and build a more just, equitable world for all.

This one-hour program builds on artist Cyrus Dallin’s lifelong commitment to listening to and learning from the Ute people, with whom he established close relationships during his formative years living in Utah Territory.

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Book reading, conversation about race held

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Join a reading and conversation at RepHAIRations1339 Mass. Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.. as author Dax-Devlon Ross speaks directly to those who are awakening to race and racism in his book Letters to My White Male Friends. Dax-Devl0n Ross

Please register for this event here >>

You can purchase copies of the book here >>

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