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. 

Already know what you’re looking for?

Head straight to the HIVE directory that you need!

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

Our Arts for All program at FYA promotes equity and inclusion by providing tuition assistance, adaptive services, outreach programs to underserved communities, and free community arts projects for all. As part of our commitment to offering free community arts opportunities, Arts for All is looking to possibly schedule FREE art-centered meet-ups for affinity groups* over the course of the year at the Big Yellow House.  If you are interested in such an event, please let us know at so we can start planning!  *an affinity group is a collection of individuals who share a common identity characteristic.

The Melrose Cultural Council (MCC) is asking the community to help inform arts funding in Melrose for 2024. Local Cultural Councils across the Commonwealth send annual community surveys to help determine funding priorities for individual cities and towns. While the state agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, sets forth a specific set of funding guidelines for state arts and cultural funds, the result of the MCC survey will further help define funding priorities that are specific to the Melrose public. We appreciate hearing from you. Please take a moment to complete by clicking here.

Creative Space Rental – $60/hour for 1000 square foot room for events, workshops, classes and rehearsals. Amenities, wifi, ceiling fans, restroom, utility sink, use of tables and folding chairs, (if requested publication of event on our website and social pages to help promote). 
Creative Space Rental – $7/ day drop in rate to spread out with a project during store hours when no other events are happening. 
Co-op Membership – $100/month and 25% commission on sales. Use our retail space as your fully staffed store front to share your artisan goods (you may bring as much merchandise as you would like and restock/ change out items as you please. Includes discounted use of creative space, general liability insurance, credit card fees, packaging, shipping for e-commerce sales and marketing. Please note we do not buy products wholesale. Retail space is for co-op members only:

The library is closed on Saturdays & Sundays in July & August.

Space in shared studio available beginning July 1
Our FYA Artist in Residence Heidi Reynolds will be moving out of Studio 3 (currently also shared by Kerry Pegoraro, Kristen Byrne, and Erika Lally). Her space will be available beginning July 1, though it could be earlier for an interested artist. The space is $250 a month, including all utilities. FYA promotes their work in our foyer and on our website, and artists have several opportunities to participate in gallery shows. Artists have monthly potlucks and can make arrangements to use space downstairs when they need to spread out. If you are interested and want to take a look at the space available, please email:

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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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