Staying Connected during COVID-19


We recognize the uncertainty that weighs on all of us as our communities respond to the precautions around COVID-19. While we all must do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, we as an organization also feel a responsibility to continue to engage our community through the arts in these times of extended isolation.


The ACA will be regularly compiling activities, resources, and ideas for beating the social distancing blues. We plan to use this page to update new ideas regularly, so check back often!

Virtual Education

FREE Facebook Fridays

Every Friday at 2pm on Facebook Live


Join ACA Instructor & Board Member Chris LeGare as he streams live on Facebook every Friday afternoon at 2pm! Each week he conducts a 30-60 minute live tutorial on various art workshops that are easy to do from home with materials and tools you have lying around the house! Can't make it to the livestream? Don't worry! We'll have it available to view on our Facebook page after the event.

Past Videos


May 22 @ 2pm : Out of the Grid: Abstract Painting and Sculpture

May 15 @ 2pm : Wheel Throwing Demo w/ Sean Lutz

May 1 @ 2pm : Creating a Pop-up Book

April 24 @ 2pm : Make your own Puppet Theater!

April 17 @ 2pm : Toothpick Sculptures

April 10 @ 2pm : Mobile Making

April 3 @ 2pm : Painting in the Grid

April 1 @ 2pm : Stop Motion Animation

Online Art Classes

More virtual experiences will be added regularly!

Share A Song | Arlington Porchfest

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Arlington Porchfest is a cherished celebration of community through music. In challenging times, the spirit of this heartening event is more essential than ever. We may not be able to gather on our front lawns right now. But we can still make music. We can still share it with our neighbors. We can still savor the moment and express our appreciation of it.

ACA invites all the citizens of Arlington to join together for a shared experience – albeit a virtual one. Sing. Play. Listen. Respond. Let’s get creative and find new ways to connect at this time when we need each other most. Hopefully, on June 7, we ‘ll celebrate Porchfest 2020 in person as is our tradition in this great town.

In the meantime, we encourage you to share your music with the community by uploading a video of you playing your music (either pre-recorded with your band, or something new from home) to the Arlington Porchfest site! 

Nurture/Nature Gallery Tour



On View: February 6 - March 31, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 27, 7-9pm

Given the closures and precautions surrounding COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to provide the public a virtual tour of the exhibition! Check it out here. 

The Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition in our biannual photography exhibition series, FOCUS. The 2020 theme, Nurture/Nature invites artists, and in turn audiences, to explore their individual relationship with nature, as well as our collective impact on the natural world.


This exhibition features 36 photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution influence each other, as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself.

The Red Letter Poem Project


This April, in celebration of National Poetry Month, the ACA is honored to join the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture and Robbins Library in supporting The Red Letter Poems Project by Arlington Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner. Originally intended as a campaign sharing poetry by a variety of poets with randomly-selected households, the re-envisioned digital version invites you to enjoy and virally distribute poems digitally, via email and social media. A new poem from a different poet will be published each week.


If you enjoy them, we encourage you to forward them to friends –  in Arlington and beyond –  or to post them on your social media platforms with the hashtags: #RedLetterPoems, #ArlingtonPoetLaureate. If you want to make sure you receive these poems directly – or to receive notices about future poetry events – send an e-mail to

"In ancient Rome, feast days were indicated on the calendar by red letters.  To my mind, all poetry and art – and, in truth, even the COVID-19 crisis itself – serves as a reminder that every day we wake together beneath the sun is a red-letter day.

-Steven Ratiner

Resources for Artists

We recognize the impact and hardship this kind of a global event has on our artists and freelance workers. We are using this space to share any resources that are brought to our attention that we feel could be beneficial to those most vulnerable in these uncertain economic times.


Resources for Kids & Families


Window Art Gallery Project 

In an effort to beautify our neighborhood, connect with neighbors, and remain creatively engaged, the Arlington Center for the Arts challenges you and your loved ones to decorate your street-facing windows. This will create an art walk for those exiting their homes for necessities or fresh air.  Post a photo of your creation on social media, use the hashtag #windowartgallery and tag the ACA on Facebook and Instagram to share your creations with us! Inspire your neighborhood and online communities to beautify their block, one window at a time. We look forward to sharing your creations on our social media stories!

Check out some examples below including a fun timelapse from our Education & Programs Manager, Cat!

More ideas and links coming soon!

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