COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Updated June 9, 2022

Beginning April 1, 2022, masks will be optional at all programs and events of Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA). While masks will no longer be required, ACA strongly encourages everyone to review current masking recommendations from the CDC to inform their personal choices. We ask all our fellow community members to be respectful of each other's choices.


ACA continues to require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by all who are eligible in order to participate in all its indoor, in-person programs, events, and activities, until further notice. ACA will accept the following as proof of full vaccination:​​


  • vaccination cards

  • photos or scans of cards, or

  • digital vaccine records


Individuals who are not currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (Age 4 and under) are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test at this time. 

Please contact our staff directly at if you have any questions or concerns.


Classes & Workshops

ACA instructors and students enrolled in our indoor, in-person classes and workshops are asked to submit proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test at least three days in advance of the start of their program by completing our Student Participation Form, where they can upload a photo, scan, or digital record of your COVID vaccination card or vaccine record. 


As an alternative, unvaccinated participants in ACA programs, events, and activities must complete and sign the above form before the beginning of the program for which they are enrolled/attending, agreeing that they will test for COVID-19, utilizing a rapid or PCR test, before each visit to ACA and will only participate in ACA's programs should they test negative. 

Vacation Arts Camps (February, April, & Summer)

ACA requires proof of full COVID vaccination for all eligible camp participants (ages 5 and above). We request that proof of vaccination be submitted along with campers' required First Aid & Emergency Contact paperwork (which can be found at our Camp Policies page), and no later than one week before the start of the camp program for which your child is enrolled. 

Alternatively, for any campers who are unvaccinated, a parent/guardian must notify ACA in writing (at that their child is unvaccinated prior to the start of the program for which their child is enrolled. A parent/guardian must also test their child with a rapid COVID test each morning before they attend camp.

Should participants fail to provide proof of vaccination or notify us in writing about the full week rapid test option by the start of their particular camp program, they will not be permitted to join ACA's camp programs and ACA's standard camp cancellation policy will go into effect (which can be found at our Camp Policies page).

In addition, ACA has instituted a pre-camp rapid test policy for all staff and campers. All attendees (regardless of vaccination status) are required to take a rapid test the morning before the start of camp for each week they are enrolled.

Please note: Per CDC/ACA guidelines, a staff member or camper can attend camp on day 6 after testing positive (day of positive test is considered Day 0) provided that they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication, are completely asymptomatic, and will be wearing a mask while attending camp. We will not require a negative rapid test.


Public Events & Activities

All participants in ACA indoor, in-person events and activities (such as exhibitions, Arlington Open Studios, performances, receptions, etc.) must present proof of full vaccination (if they meet current vaccine eligibility) or a negative COVID test each time they enter ACA or any other venue where ACA is conducting a program.


ACA Prioritizes the Health of Our Community

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, ACA’s top priority remains the health and safety of our community. We continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, following guidelines and recommendations from the Town of Arlington, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


These requirements may change to reflect new protocols, guidelines, and best practices as they continue to evolve.


Learn about COVID vaccinations in Massachusetts at Information on PCR testing resources can be found at


Please contact our staff directly at if you have any questions or concerns.