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New ACA, opening in October, at 90% of goal

Linda Shoemaker, executive director of the Arlington Center for the Arts, says its new home is due to open in October and the organization has raised 90 percent of the $1 milllion it seeks.

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Nearly two years ago, after losing our Gibbs School home of 28 years, I announced the kickoff of the Arlington Center for the Arts Future Fund Capital Campaign to create a new home for the ACA.  

Today, I write with the exciting news that renovations are almost complete on the top two floors at 20 Academy Street, and the NEW ACA will open this fall, with a robust season of classes and programs.

To date, our community has come together to help raise almost $900,000 toward this $1 million project.  ith 90 percent of our renovation funded, I am reaching out to you now in hopes that you will help push ACA over the finish line before October, to help us put the finishing touches on Arlington's brand new arts center.

Over the next several weeks, crews will be painting, installing flooring and cabinetry, and bringing in new furniture and equipment for ACA's opening. Your gift today, in any amount, will help make it possible.

The New ACA will become the cornerstone of the newly designated Arlington Cultural District, and we are thrilled to be joining this hub of activity in the heart of Arlington Center.  ACA will be a vibrant addition to the Cultural District with 5 bright new classrooms for art-making of all kinds, studios, and a large multi-use Gallery and Performance space available to host public and private gatherings, art exhibits and performances.   

We are so excited to open the new and re-imagined Arlington Center for the Arts this fall, and I look forward to having you see the new space.  We are so honored by the outpouring of community support so far, having received more than 600 individual contributions over the past two years.   Many of you have already supported this amazing project, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

If you haven’t donated yet, or if you want to give again to be part of this final sprint to the finish, please donate today to help open the New ACA this fall.

Thank you so much!


Linda Shoemaker
Executive Director
Learn more about the Capital Campaign



This viewpoint was published Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.




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