Welcome to the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council.

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council (ABCC) is one of 329 all-volunteer local cultural councils serving every municipality in Massachusetts. The legislature appropriates funds annually to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which then allocates funds to local councils. Local councils use funding guidelines and priorities established by the MCC and may add local guidelines and priorities as well. ABCC then distributes these funds to support performances and cultural activities in and around our towns

Call for Public Art in Acton, MA– Boosting the Creative Economy

The Creative Economy is an important part of our economic and social well-being and we want to both support working artists in our community and add more public art to our streetscapes for all to enjoy. We are proud of the working artists and artisans in the Acton community. For this specific call for art we are looking for murals and benches. Four grants are available. Those whose work is commissioned will receive assistance in four ways:

  • Grant for the work to create the commissioned art in the range of $2500-$3500

  • Materials reimbursement of up to $750

  • Installation costs will be covered by the Town

  • Technical seminar regarding making a living as a working artist

Link to full program description here.

Link to application form here.


Acton Boxborough Cultural Council announces films for the

13th Annual 2022 Our World Film Series

Three feature foreign films and 13 Massachusetts college/university film program shorts are selected


The Acton Boxborough Cultural Council announces the selections for the 13th annual Our World Film Series. This series features award-winning and critically acclaimed foreign films from around the world. The films selected are Theeb (United Arab Emirates, 2015), directed by Naji Abu Nowar, PK (India, 2014), directed byRajkumar Hirani, and Ode to My Father (South Korea, 2014), directed by JK Youn. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have decided not to show these films publicly this year, but we will indicate on our website where the films are available (Acton and Boxborough public libraries, Kanopy, Netflix, Prime streaming services).

Also, we are proud to present our 10th Annual Our World Short Film Program. Student filmmakers from Massachusetts college/university film programs submitted their short films for consideration. Thirteen titles from Emerson College, Gordon College, Harvard University, Lesley Art + Design, Middlesex Community College, Suffolk University, and Wellesley College were chosen. More information on these films is available on the ABCC Our World Film Series website and Facebook page.

These short films will be broadcast on Acton TV local cable access (Channel 8 on Comcast and Channel 45 on Verizon cable systems) on Friday May 20th at 7:00 PM and Friday, May 27th at 7:00 PM. Most of these films will also be available later via Acton TVs On-Demand website.

For more information on the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council and the Our World Film Series see:

https://abccourworld.wixsite.com/abccourworld (ABCC Our World Film Series website)

https://www.facebook.com/actonboxboroughculturalcouncil (ABCC Facebook page)

https://www.facebook.com/ABCCOurWorld (ABCC Our World Film Series Facebook page)

http://actontv.org/ (Acton TV website)

http://actontv.org/on-demand/public (Acton TV ON-DEMAND website)


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Here is a brief list of upcoming events - for more, please go to the Calendar tab.