The Medford Arts Council is a city-appointed board of volunteers working to promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in local public arts and cultural programming. On an annual cycle we offer grants to artists, writers, performers, instructors, cultural organizations, and others seeking to engage the Medford public.

  • We have been selected as the 2016 Council of the Year by the Massachusetts Cultural Council! This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work and creativity of Medford’s arts and culture volunteers! Read more about our award.

  • A high-level summary of the results for our community input survey is now available. Thank you to our many survey respondents. You can find the summary here.

  • We are now required to develop and announce “Local Priorities” to help guide our decision-making. Our draft priorities have been posted on our website, and will be finalized and voted at our May 10 public meeting.

  • Read about survey results, new local priorities, and more: A bright future for the arts in Medford (March 25, 2016).

  • The Medford Arts Council gave out $45,300 in grants for 62 projects and field trips in 2016. This represents an increase of $15,000 over 2015, thanks to the greater funding provided by the City of Medford. More projects were funded, and the average grant amount increased by 35%. For more information consult our list of funded proposals.

  • Mayor Burke included “Cultural Affairs and Recreation” as one of four featured areas in the transition planning for her administration. We were grateful to be represented in this process, and look forward to working with City Hall to advance arts and culture in Medford.

  • The first Medford Arts and Culture Summit (#MedfordArts) was an amazing conversation about the future! Read more about the Summit and its participants here.

  • Our application deadline of October 15 for grantfunding in 2016 has now passed. Please consider applying next fall to share your projects in the humanities, interpretive sciences, and arts.

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