We grant funds for arts and culture projects in Medford.
Established in 1980, the Medford Arts Council serves to bring high-quality cultural programming to the community. We donate our time and expertise to help you experience creativity in Medford. Through our grantmaking we increase public access to Medford’s many cultural assets and promote favorable conditions for our creative economy. On an annual cycle we offer grants to community members, artists, writers, performers, instructors, students, cultural organizations, and others seeking to engage the Medford public. We also help sponsor new public arts and humanities initiatives in Medford. The funds we distribute are an annual allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their Local Cultural Council (LCC) program. For 2020 we received $27,500 from the Mass Cultural Council.
The Council also receives funding from the City of Medford. For 2020, the City of Medford allocated $60,000 to be used for the activities of the Medford Arts Council. With these funds, we help make possible many free or low-cost public events like the Arts Across Medford festival, Circle the Square, and West Medford Open Studios, as well as dozens of concerts, classes, field trips, performances, and other activities in disciplines including dance, theater, music, science, history, literature, craft and design, and the visual arts. We also use our funding to invest in new public art projects in the city’s open spaces.
Who We Are
Carianne Bennett, Treasurer
Stephanie Mckay, Co-Chair
Danielle Moriarty, Co-Chair
Lisa Small, Co-Secretary
Sophy Tuttle, Co-Secretary
Members are nominated by vote of the Arts Council, and are appointed by the mayor for three-year terms.
We welcome new members! We have a call for new members. Come to one of our public meetings. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interested persons with the capacity to serve year-round should consider how their talents could advance our work. We need your help, so please consider volunteering with us!
2016 Cultural Council of the Year!
In 2016, we were selected as the Council of the Year by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in recognition of our dedication to community arts and culture.
We’ve also received some great media coverage recently: check out these articles.
Medford arts groups push for community center (September 20, 2018)
A bright future for the arts in Medford (March 25, 2016)
Medford Arts Council award prompts call for funding boost (February 8, 2016)
Medford Arts Council hopes to be bigger presence in city with funding, new survey (September 24, 2015)
MA Cultural Council Awards $20K Grant to Medford Arts Council (September 10, 2015)
The public is encouraged to attend our meetings—please consult our meeting schedule for more information.
We welcome your ideas, participation, and contributions!
Congratulations to Allie Fiske, our former member, on her appointment as Business and Cultural Liaison for the City of Medford.
The Medford Arts Council extends its congratulations and appreciation to Maria Daniels, our former member and recipient of the 2015 Leadership Circle Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council!
Read more about our 2015 grantee reception here.
Michael Bernstein, Bianca Broxton, Virginia Buckley, Rene Chen, Susan Crowley, Maria Daniels, Patty Davis, Robin Einzig, Allie Fiske, Amanda Fowler, Anthony Giglio, Jenny Gilbert, Pam Gonsalves, Sarah Grant, June Holwell, Peter Houk, Bettina Lengsfeld, Mark Lipman, Alexa Mase, Alice Noble, Maureen Nolan, Flora Petrucci, Renese Rivera, Christine Rioux, Gary Roberts, Sandra Shaheen, Becky Sharpe, Laurel Siegel, Wanda Strukus, Will Tenney, Moriah Tumbleson-Shaw, Anita Tucker, Joe Walters