Arlington Open Studios

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Join the Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) for our 23rd Annual Arlington Open Studios happening on Saturday, November 13, 2021. This event will be returning to a primarily in-person format, with lots of new features and visitor favorites!


The ACA is pleased to be presenting over 50 participants this year featured at 3 locations in Arlington Center and the Robbins Library will be featuring a Book & Art Sale as part of the event! Our 6 Studio Artists will also be opening their doors to visitors as well! Participating artists are presenting a range of mediums including painting, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass, fine jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture. We are also thrilled to be hosting AOS 2021 on our largest event footprint to date! This year's event will feature our first ever Porchfest Stage on the steps of Town Hall, and poets from the Red Letter Poems Project will be doing readings as well!

• Important COVID-19 Policy Update •


As of 09/14/21, ACA will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative PCR test from all staff, artists, attendees and participants at indoor, in-person programs and events. To read the full policy visit our COVID-19 Updates page. Masks are currently required of all visitors to our facilities.


Location, Location, Location:   Arlington Open Studios will be held in FOUR adjacent buildings in Arlington Center including one NEW location for 2021:

Arlington Town Hall (730 Mass Ave)
Arlington Center for the Arts (20 Academy St, 3rd & 4th Floors) 
NEW for 2021 -- First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (630 Mass Ave)

BONUS -- there will be a bonus site this year, as the Robbins Library at 700 Mass Ave will be holding a Book & Art Sale as a part of AOS!

NEW! Porchfest Stage @ AOS 2021


In the spirit of the much-loved community event, ACA is excited to present Arlington Porchfest Stage on the front steps of Arlington’s Town Hall as part of the Arlington Open Studios festivities! Porchfest Stage will feature free public performances by local musicians throughout the day. Find out all of the performance details on our Arlington Porchfest Stage page. 

Arlington Open Studios Participating Artists


Click the links below to be directed to each artists AOS Directory page including artist info, images and links to their websites, social media pages, and e-commerce sites!

AOS Scavenger Hunt

Join in the fun and use the clues and prompts to find hidden artistic gems and strike up a conversation with an artist about their work. Share your photos with us on social media to help celebrate this year’s AOS! Complete tasks on the board below to win prizes!

Finish 2 rows, columns, or diagonals (like BINGO!) to receive an ACA tote bag
Finish 3 rows, columns, or diagonals, and you will also be entered to win a free class at ACA!

Red Letter Live Poetry Readings


Back again for 2021, we are pleased to be hosting poetry readings by local poets in the Lyons Room in Arlington Town Hall, 1-3pm. This year will feature poets from the Red Letter Poet project including Fred Marchant, Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Teresa Calder, Enzo Silan Surin, and Arlington Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner. Information on this feature and the participants below. 

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Friends of Robbins Library
Book & Art Sale

The Friends Robbins Library is hosting a Book & Art Sale as a part of the event in their Community Room and on the 4th floor of the library. All sales benefit the Friends of the Robbins Library and they have lots of interesting pieces to choose from!

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