The 2023 funding round is now open! Visit the Resources for Applicants page for more information. 

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

Community Notices & Events

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is very sad to announce the passing of a past member to lung cancer, Dawn Wang. Dawn was an active member for 3 years (2015-2018). She will be remembered for her loving and kind personality, her dedication to the community and her outstanding work and organization in initiating and implementing the China Trail Garden special 3-year project at the Acton Arboretum. In 2021, she was also awarded an ABCC grant for a China Trail Garden Label Design project to further her effort to make the China Trail Garden a continued success that can be enjoyed by many locals/visitors. She will be deeply missed. 

Dawn Wang receiving a State Citation from Senator Jamie Eldridge in 2019 for her excellence in Community Service 

The Acton-Boxbororough Cultural Council is very sad to announce the passing of a past member and friend, Nancy Evans. Nancy was an active member for 6 years from 2013 to 2019.  She was also a big part of the Our World Film Series that was an ABCC sub-committee/advisory group, spending more than 7 years as a member, including chairing the sub-committee for several years.  She was a dedicated, enthusiastic member, and was proud to be a steward of cultural and local history. She will be sorely missed. There will be a memorial service at Faulkner House in Acton on May 6th (rain date May 7th).

Acton Boxborough Cultural Council presents

14th Annual 2023 Our World Film Series

The ABCC Our World Film Series returns for four successive Friday nights in late April/early May.  Live and in person at a new location, Boxborough’s Sargent Memorial Library Meeting Room, all programs start at 7:00 pm.  The screenings are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments provided.   

FRIDAY, APRIL 28:  A Short Night.  The 11th annual Our World Short Film Program, presenting a selection of recent short films produced by film students from Massachusetts colleges and universities.  The filmmakers are invited to attend and discuss their work with the audience. 

FRIDAY, MAY 5; FRIDAY MAY 12; FRIDAY MAY 19: Our World Foreign Film Series:  screening a selection of award-winning and critically acclaimed feature films from around the world.  Speakers will introduce each film and will lead a brief discussion with the audience afterward.  Film selections will be posted on the ABCC Our World website and Facebook page. 

More information on the series and prior year’s film selections is available at our website, or our Facebook page

Photos from recent events


Check out some more photos of the China Garden in our News/Photos tab.

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