The Medford Arts Council is a city commission 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.

  • 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 has included “Arts, Culture, and Recreation” as one of four featured areas in the planning for her new administration. You can share your recommendations with the transition team using this link.

  • Give us the gift of feedback through our community survey. We need your responses! To learn more, visit our Community Input page.

  • 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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