Lucas retrospective at Cutter Gallery closes

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UPDATED Nov. 21: The Cutter Gallery Arlington has scheduled a closing reception for "Dennis Lucas: A 25th Retrospective," set for Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit of works by Lucas, an Arlington native, have been on display since Oct. 9.

The display of works by Lucas, whose talent led him to train in the Cape Cod School, offers landscapes displaying color, light and a sense of atmospheric movement, as shown in the example below.

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Deadline Wednesday as town seeks 4th poet laureate

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UPDATED Oct. 27: The Town of Arlington seeks its fourth poet laureate, and the application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The term for Steven Ratiner, who has held the post since 2019 and is known for his long-running Red Letter Poems series, has expired.

John Burt, Poet Laureate Committee chair, seeks “a dynamic, self-motivated individual” to serve a three-year term. The laureate acts as the town’s leading poetic voice and ambassador for poetry, encouraging the reading and writing of poetry throughout Arlington.

This position, which receives an annual stipend of $750, aims to enrich the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through conversation, readings, public appearances and workshops. Previous applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications will be due no later than Wednesday, Nov. 30, a date extended from Oct. 30.

You may apply to the position electronically here >>  

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24th annual Open Studios held; see ACMi video

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UPDATED Nov. 18: Join the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) for the 24th annual Arlington Open Studios, set for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in person.

More than 90 artists are participating this year, the largest group to date.

The event showcases artists at two sites in Arlington Center in a range of mediums including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture.

Studio artists are also opening their doors to visitors The Robbins Library features poetry readings from the Red Letter Poems Project. Live music returns to the steps of Town Hall, which has artists on two floors (new this year).

Stop on your way into Town Hall to enjoy music from Spajazzy, featuring Tino D'Agostino, Arlington High School band director and ACA board member.

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ACA's winter registration open for all

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UPDATED Nov. 16: Registration for winter classes and workshops has opened for members of the Arlington Center for the Arts as well as the public.

Signups to the general public began Wednesday, Nov 16.

Not a current ACA member? Advance registration access is one of many benefits offered to members. To learn more about the membership program, including information about how to become a member, visit the membership page(A reminder that a Family Membership level is required to receive member discounts on kids and teen program registrations.)

View ACA's winter 2023 interactive digital catalog >>

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Arlington resident in Benjamin Britten opera

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Arlington resident Daniel Fridley is scheduled to perform in "The Prodigal Son" by Benjamin Britten at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. in downtown Boston.

The opera, presented by Boston- and UK-based Enigma Chamber Opera and directed by Kirsten Cairns, retells the biblical parable about two brothers — one loyal to the family business and the other tempted into squandering his inheritance — and their forgiving father.

First presented in 1968 as a "parable for church performance," it has a libretto by William Plomer.

"The Prodigal Son” features seven male singers portraying the gathered men who bookend the main story and characters in that story. Fridley, a bass, performs as a chorus member, portraying various characters throughout the production.

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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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Many ACA classes, workshops underway

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Many fall classes and workshops for adults, teens and children start in the next couple of weeks at the Arlington Center for the Arts.

Consider joining the ACA in classrooms at the revamped community center or online, as instructors provide many ways for students to find some creative intention this season.

View ACA's fall 2022 interactive digital catalog >>

  This news announcement was published Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, based on information from the ACA.

Great Northeast Jug Band Festival indoors held

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UPDATED Oct. 1: The Arlington Center for the Arts' Great Northeast Jug Band Festival returned for its second year and is was held Saturday, Oct. 1.

It was to be at the Jason Russell House lawn, but, because of inclement weather forecast, the event took place indoors and at 27 Maple St. in the main hall of the Arlington Community Center. 

Touted as New England’s only jug-band festival, it highlighted song traditions from the 1920s and 1930s as well as the modern evolution of this good-time music.

This event is free and open to the public.

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How Dallin Museum plans celebrated Town Day

Town Day at Dallin Museum, Whittemore Park.

After a three-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Dallin Art Museum’s "Art on the Green" returned to Town Day.

Its jubilant event took place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Whittemore Park, in front of the museum in Arlington Center, at Mass. Ave. and Mystic. The event showcases local artists and music, and offers free museum tours.


The following artists offered painting, prints, textiles, jewelry and more:

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Deadline passes to help ACA plan its future

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The Arlington Center for the Arts is in the midst of a strategic-planning process to build Arlington Center for the Arts' next chapter.

As part of that process, ACA leaders want to hear directly from you about experiences with Arlington Center for the Arts, your needs and interests, and what ACA could do better in the future.

Feedback will be instrumental in shaping the future of programming and priorities.  

All survey responses are confidential and will be aggregated by strategic-planning consultants at Paper Crane Associates. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The ACA requests responses by Wednesday, Aug. 24. 

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