About Us + Visiting ACA

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The Arlington Center for the Arts is a community arts center devoted to the mission of transforming lives and building community through the arts.  ACA was established in 1988 by a visionary group of artists, writers, musicians and educators as a place where artists could share their work with the community through educational and outreach programs.


Today, ACA is a vibrant community arts center and a cornerstone for the creative community in Arlington.  ACA offers opportunities for people of all ages to discover and express their own creativity and to appreciate the creativity of others through a dynamic mix of classes, workshops, exhibits, performances and special events.


If you're new to ACA, we hope you'll visit sometime soon - you'll find a vibrant community of artists, arts lovers, and arts advocates dedicated to keeping the arts alive and accessible in our community.

Strengthening Equity

Arlington Center for the Arts makes an intentional effort to center access, equity, and inclusivity as we expand our artistic, administrative, leadership, and instructional teams. We are actively educating ourselves and strategizing to uphold more equitable practices. Historical and institutional barriers have a significant impact on who has had access to what opportunities. At the ACA, we believe these marginalized communities must be centered in our work. With this in mind, ACA strongly encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds including people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, intergenerational voices, people of varying abilities and other marginalized communities to apply to any opportunities that my interest them. 

Visiting ACA


ACA's office and facilities are currently open to the public for pre-scheduled classes or otherwise by appointment only.


ACA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by all individuals who are eligible to receive the vaccine, to participate in all its indoor, in-person programs, events, and activities. If you are visiting ACA, please note that masks are required in our facilities at all times. To read the full policy and to submit your Vaccination Record, please visit our COVID-19 Updates page

For information or assistance or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-648-6220 during our regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Our staff can also be reached via email at info@acarts.org. If you would like to speak directly with a particular staff member, you can consult the ACA Staff Directory for contact information.

Special Notice - due to the ongoing construction project in the Arlington Community Center building (where ACA is located), both the 20 Academy St and 27 Maple St entrances will be closed until further notice.

All visitors to ACA are asked to enter the building from the East Entrance, which is located to the right of the 27 Maple St entrance and up the driveway. Once you have accessed the building through the East Entrance, you should locate signage directing you to the stairwell and/or elevator in order to get up to ACA (located on the 3rd floor of the building). Note: this entrance is wheelchair accessible. 


There will be signage posted outside the building to direct you to this new entrance -- however, should you have any trouble accessing the building or finding the entrance, please call our office at (781)-648-6220 and an ACA staff member will assist you. 

Getting to ACA:


Arlington Center for the Arts |  20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02476


From Cambridge/Somerville: Take Mass. Ave. toward Arlington and past the Robbins Library (on your left). Academy Street is the first left as you pass the Robbins Library.


From Lexington: Take Mass. Ave. through Arlington Center. Take a right just before reaching Arlington Town Hall. 20 Academy St is on your left.


From Rt. 2: Take Rt. 60 exit toward Arlington/Medford (away from Belmont). Follow Rt. 60 until it intersects with Mass. Ave. Take a left on Mass Ave, past the Robbins Library and take the first left onto Academy St.

The Arlington Center for the Arts is located on the 3rd and 4th floors at the Arlington Community Center, 20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02476. 


Please note that 20 Academy and 27 Maple are both addresses for our home at Central School. If you enter the building via the Academy Street entrance, you can reach the 3rd floor either by taking the elevator on your left or the stairs on your right.  If you are entering from our Maple Street entrance, once you enter, turn left and go down the hallway to reach the elevator.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor.


If your class is on the weekends or in the evening, the Academy Street door may be locked. Please use the Maple St Entrance.


Once you reach the 3rd floor, additional signage will guide you to our classrooms.  Our main classroom is on the 3rd floor.  If you are exiting the elevator, you will turn left and then right into our office hallway.  The main classroom is at the end of the hall on the left.


Our 4th floor classrooms can be reached through our gallery space. If exiting the elevator on the 3rd floor, turn right.  Once you enter the gallery, the stairs to the 4th floor can be reached at the far left side of the room.



ACA will have a number of designated parking spots in the adjacent lot, and you can also park on surrounding streets unless otherwise marked.   There is usually parking on Academy Street and Jason Street, as well as Mass Ave.  There is plenty of on-street parking on Academy and Maple Street as well.



The Maple Street entrance is wheelchair accessible and has a round driveway for easy drop offs.  There are two ADA accessible parking spaces along Maple Street if you need to park.  When you enter the building, turn left and go down the hallway for the elevator to the 3rd floor. 


Our bathrooms on the 3rd floor have wheelchair accessible stalls. The elevator to our 4th floor is located inside our 3rd floor office suites.  Please call a week in advance so we may best assist you.