We were excited to see this press release from the Arlington Center for the Arts announcing the Porchfest will be back in full swing on June 18, 2022. In the meantime, fans can look forward to a “Porchfest Stage” this November at Arlington Open Studios.

An Update on Arlington Porchfest

In the spirit of the much-loved community event, Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is excited to present Arlington Porchfest Stage on the front steps of Arlington’s Town Hall as part its annual Arlington Open Studios event on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The Porchfest Stage will feature free public performances by local Arlington Porchfest musicians throughout the day. A call with details will go out to previously participating music artists later this summer. Musical acts will be selected by a committee composed of previous Porchfest hosts and volunteers.

Also, ACA is thrilled to announce the return of a full-scale Arlington Porchfest on Saturday, June 18, 2022. A call to music artists, Porch Hosts, and volunteers will go out early in the new year.

Because of the pandemic, ACA was not able to present a Porchfest event this past spring, and other organizational obligations precluded sufficient planning for a large-scale event in the fall. After careful consideration, we decided it would be best to fully embrace commitments already made and look forward to an all-out Porchfest event in its regular time slot during spring 2022.

“Things may look a little different this year, but you can be sure that ACA is working thoughtfully to create unique occasions for community-building through the arts,” said Executive Director Tom Formicola.

ACA is proud to present a return to community celebration with its Arlington Open Studios 2021 event on Saturday, November 13. This year’s event will feature an impressive footprint — occupying one full block in the heart of Arlington’s Cultural District. In addition to Porchfest Stage, Open Studios will showcase the work of local artists at three locations, including ACA, Town Hall, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist. Also, Robbins Library will host a Books & Art Sale as part of the day-long event.

For those members of the Arlington Porchfest community who will miss an event in their neighborhoods this year, ACA will soon be posting a DIY Porchfest Guide so that die-hard Porch Hosts and musicians might coordinate some more intimate events of their own for the enjoyment of friends and neighbors this summer and fall as suits their schedules.

Those interested in learning more about Porchfest Stage, DIY Porchfest Kits, and Arlington Porchfest 2022, please check be here regularly, or visit www.acarts.org

Originally posted on July 8, 2021 by Arlington Porchfest

Poems are popping up all over Arlington Heights! This summer, 50 original haiku poems fill storefront windows all along Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Heights; Arlington MA Neighborhood Haiku. The poems are being painted by 18 volunteer artists working with coaching from legendary sign painter Kenji Nakayama.  A jury selected poems from almost 200 entered; the poets — ranging in age from 7 to 92 — drew inspiration from the streets and shops, green spaces and local history, people and community spirit of the Heights. Local poet and teacher Jessie Brown led 4 well-attended haiku workshops. Arlington’s poet laureate, Steven Ratiner, worked with his Beehive Poets group to put together a special collection of haiku.

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021 6:30 – 8:00 pm, a community celebration will take place.  Featuring an open mic, live music, and a storefront stroll with some special opportunities to shop local.  Plan to stay for dinner or get a takeout picnic at one of the great eateries of this distinctive neighborhood.

Arlington MA Neighborhood Haiku

Organized by Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s Public Art Curator Cecily Miller with Janet O’Riordan, Jessie Brown, Rob Davison, Julie Horvath, Emily Patel and Sarah Short. Thanks to the Grants Committee of Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture and the Mass Cultural Council for funding, event sponsors Century 21 Realty and Roasted Granola, and the many local businesses who made contributions and are generously hosting poems in their windows.

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