Annual Fund - supporting creative arts programming all year long

Friends –
I just can't seem to keep myself from broadcasting how thrilled I am to join a great team and an inspiring community as the new Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts. I also realize that I’m not alone in starting a journey.

Having finally settled into a beautiful new home at the heart of the Arlington Cultural District, the ACA is also at the beginning of a new chapter that will soon see the launch of its much-anticipated:

  • Ceramics Program

  • Private Studios for Artists

  • Shared Workspace for Artists

Of course, you can continue to count on seeing ACA signature programs that embody our mission to transform lives and build community through the arts – public exhibits and performances, camps and out-of-school activities for kids, classes for adults, and community events like Porchfest, Open Studios, and the Jug Band Festival. These well-established programs anchor the ACA to the community – and they represent a concrete starting point for exploring new possibilities on the road ahead.
Lots of folks have told me that my predecessor Linda Shoemaker is going to be a tough act to follow. I know that’s true. But I also know that through her countless accomplishments, Linda forged a path for me. And as it was for Linda, I too am surrounded by talented and enthusiastic Arlingtonians like you who are invested in developing and celebrating the cultural life of our town. In fact, I would love to hear your thoughts about the future of the ACA. If you see me in the neighborhood, don’t hesitate to say hello, and feel free to email me at

Finally, please know that your support matters. It matters a lot. Your contribution to the ACA will help sustain and grow this hub of creativity, reflecting our community’s collective values and spirit. You can donate today by going online and making a gift that will fuel our journey forward.


Donate to the ACA Annual Fund Today


And so, my work at the ACA begins. I look forward to talking with you in person soon.


Best Regards,

Tom Formicola
Executive Director
Arlington Center for the Arts

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