Melrose Creative Alliance

Connecting creative Melrosians with one another and with resources to power a vibrant arts and cultural community

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The Melrose Creative Alliance has published their 2023 Annual Report, marking our  achievements and outlining a set of priority initiatives for 2024.

Upcoming Community Events

Keep up to date with creative and cultural events in Melrose!

Upcoming Events


The HIVE! is where Melrose residents and visitors can find arts and cultural events and discover local creative talent.
We also help creative producers get the word out broadly about their work. 

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Melrose Creatives

Click here to get information about the fantastic independent visual and performing artists right here in Melrose!

Arts & Culture

Find out about the great arts organizations and small businesses that we have in the city, and how to connect with them.

Creative Classes

Want to find a creative class for you or your child? Find private and organization instruction in art, music, dance, theatre and more.

Artist Resources

Information and resources for artists and organizations to do and present their work: venues, funding sources, publicity, and more!

Creative Classifieds

If you’d like to post a Creative Classified, email us at

CALL FOR ARTISTS!  The 17th Melrose Arts Festival will be held on April 27 and 28, 2024 at Memorial Hall, Melrose MA.  The 2024 Melrose Arts Festival will accept original Fine Art and Fine Craft in all media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, drawing, assemblage/mixed media, wood, clay, metal and glass. All work must be handmade and the original design of the artist. Apply to this juried festival by December 22, 2023:

The City-funded Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts (MMFA) is accepting grant applications from Melrose artists and organizations to fund arts activities that will take place in Melrose during the current fiscal year. There is no funding deadline, and applications are accepted any time between July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. This fiscal year, per the request of Mayor Brodeur’s administration, the MMFA funding available to local artists and organizations has increased from $10,000 to $20,000. Each grant request will be assessed for its local focus, its value to the community, and its innovative qualities. A successful grant application will benefit the community at large and exposes the community to some aspect of the arts. Each project must include an opportunity to share its outcome with the Melrose community in the form of a demonstration, art show, or performance. The MMFA reviews applications on a rolling basis and grants are awarded until all funds have been distributed. MMFA grant monies are reimbursement funds, paid after the event has occurred and the appropriate paperwork has been submitted. Proof of expenditure(s) must accompany any reimbursement request. The Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts has endeavored to serve a diversity of grantees serving the Melrose community, including individual artists, anchor organizations and emerging new organizations. Local support of the arts and culture sector is critical, especially in this anticipated multi-year post-pandemic recovery period, as evident by the high demand of grant requests received this year.  Complete information on the MMFA, including application materials can be found on the City’s website:  

Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) is seeking proposals for community-oriented arts, cultural, and interpretive sciences events with broad public benefit and impact. The 2024 Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant application cycle opens September 1. The deadline is Tuesday, October 17. Our goal is to provide financial support on a direct granting basis to a variety of projects that appeal to the diverse population and cultures within our community — reaching adults of all ages, youth, children, families, and seniors. Information about the online application, eligibility guidelines, local priorities, and past grants can be found on our website

If you can imagine a program where creative art classes, drama club, Robotics and the science fair intersect, that is Destination Imagination! DI is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that inspires and equips students to become innovators and leaders. Each year, DI publishes seven new standards-based “Challenges” containing elements of STEAM, Improv, Visual Arts, Community Service, and Early Learning. The hallmark of DI is “no interference.”  Kids work completely independently on creative ideas and trial-and-error solutions to challenges. Parents do not assist with costumes, props, scripts, or ideas. visit our website at to view our introductory video presentation and slide show to get a sense of our program. Then, come meet with us at our Coffee Office Hours to learn how to form your team!

Do you sing, play an instrument, write poetry? Do you paint, sculpt, or do photography? Are you experienced in woodworking, glassmaking, ceramics or culinary? Whether it is your day job, vocation, or casual hobby, we would like to have you participate in our Sept 9 community Art Show Gala! Participants at the Gala are open to MUUC members, friends and relatives. Click HERE to learn more and sign up.

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Proud to be a member of the MASSCreative Action Network

“MASSCreative organizes artists, creatives, cultural groups and changemakers to advocate for a more equitable and inclusive creative sector for all residents of the Commonwealth.”

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