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Medford Arts Council | Arts organization

Biography and Links

Established in 1980, the Medford Arts Council serves to bring high-quality cultural programming to the community. We work to increase public access to Medford’s many cultural assets and promote favorable conditions for our creative economy. On an annual cycle we offer grants to artists, writers, performers, instructors, cultural organizations, and others seeking to engage the Medford public. We also help sponsor new public arts and humanities initiatives in Medford. The funds we distribute are an annual allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their Local Cultural Council (LCC) program. The Council also receives funding from the City of Medford.

The Council funds public events like the Arts Across Medford festival, Circle the Square, and West Medford Open Studios, as well as dozens of concerts, classes, field trips, performances, and other activities in disciplines including dance, theater, music, science, history, literature, craft and design, and the visual arts.

In 2016, we were selected as the Council of the Year by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in recognition of our dedication to community arts and culture.

We've also received some great media coverage recently: check out these two articles.

We welcome your ideas, participation, and contributions!

Gary Roberts, Chair
Laurel Siegel, Treasurer
Anita Tucker, Secretary
Bettina Lengsfeld, Grants Coordinator
Jenny Gilbert
Linda Malik
Allie Fiske Shvonski
Brooke Schwartz, Intern

Council members are Medford residents who are appointed by the mayor for three-year terms.

We welcome new members! Come to one of our public meetings. Or contact us at chair@medfordartscouncil.org for more information. Interested persons with a relevant background and the capacity to serve year-round should consider how their talents could advance our work.

Artist Statement

Medford Arts Council serves to bring high-quality cultural programming to the community. We work to increase public access to Medford’s many cultural assets and promote favorable conditions for our creative economy. On an annual cycle we offer grants to artists, writers, performers, instructors, cultural organizations, and others seeking to engage the Medford public. We also help sponsor new public arts and humanities initiatives in Medford

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