Arlington Center for the Arts
The Arlington Center for the Arts is a community arts center devoted to the mission of transforming lives and building community through the arts. ACA offers opportunities for people of all ages to discover and express their own creativity and to appreciate the creativity of others through a dynamic mix of classes and workshops, art camps, exhibits, performances and special events.
The Arlington Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, community arts center devoted to the mission of "transforming lives and building community through the arts." Since 1988, ACA has opened its doors to a community of artists, learners, and supporters of the arts and has committed to engagement, access, and inclusion of all art forms. In 2018, thanks to the support of many generous individuals in the community, the ACA finished renovations and moved into their new facility at 20 Academy Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476.
Along with free community events like Arlington Porchfest and Arlington Open Studios, the ACA provides year-round education programs for children, teens, and adults in a variety of media. Their creative opportunities for beginners and professionals alike help students develop skills, discover passions, and build community through the arts. During February, April, and Summer school vacation, the ACA offers full day camps for kindergarteners through teens. Vacation Arts Programs are fun, dynamic mixes of art, music, and drama and offer CIT and Counselor programs. The ACA provides private studios and co-working spaces for artists to create and engage with a community of vibrant and diverse makers.
ACA presents an annual schedule of compelling community exhibits and high-quality, curated shows that draw on a wide community of artists from Arlington and beyond. The Shaira Ali Gallery also serves as a rental space for performances, meetings, and parties for members of the Arlington community. They regularly present several opportunities for off-site exhibitions in the community including at WorkBar Arlington and Arlington Friends of the Drama.