Arlington Cultural Council Awards 16 Grants

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January 14, 2019

Arlington Cultural Council has announced 16 grantees for 2019. The total awarded was $15,705.

The local council's allotment from Massachusetts Cultural Council was $13,700, up from $12,300 from 2016-18. Awardees are:

Arlington Historical Society: Conservation of Abel Whitney Sideboard (owned by descendant Amos Whittemore), $1,000

Arlington Public Art: PATHWAYS: Contemporary Art on the inuteman, $2,000

Belmont World Film: 16th Annual Family Festival, $750

Delvena Theatre: Ann and Abby, $550

Discovery Museum, Acton: Especially for Me, $250

Fox, Dan: Family Jazz Program and Instrument Petting Zoo, $600

Friends of Magnolia Park: Summer Concert Series, $1,500

Green Art Workshop: Whimsical Weavings, $1,000

McGowan, Rebecca: Irish Social Dance, $880

Philharmonic Society of Arlington: Almost-Spring Concert “A Game of Pairs” $1,000

Robbins Library: Arlington Author Salon, $1,460

Rudnick, Ben: Ben Rudnick & Friends Concert in Menotomy Rocks Park, $550

Shozawa, Katherine: Vita Project, $1,000

Thompson School: Japanese House Excursion and Suminigashi experience, $1,500

Tincknell, Roger: Elvis to the Everly Brothers, $365

True Story Theater: LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Stories, $1,300

Statewide, more than $3.3 million are distributed by local cultural councils each year. 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 such funds support educational activities for young people.

The Arlington Cultural Council will seek applications for calendar year 2020 in next fall. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 15. Information and forms will be available Sept. 1 at

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by ACC’s board of municipally appointed volunteers. ACC’s website is Contact the group at arlingtonculturalcouncil at See it on Facebook>> 

The Arlington Cultural Council seeks additional members throughout the year. Interested parties can email arlingtonculturalcouncil at and attend one of our monthly meetings to find out more about what being a member entails. All meetings are public and are listed on the town website, as are current members, here >> 

MCC is the state agency that funds ACC and 328 other local councils with money allocated by the state Legislature.