In the spring of 1975, Dr. Frederick J. Stokley, Superintendent of the Waltham Public Schools, invited over one hundred people to attend a series of meetings with the purpose of forming an Arts Council in Waltham. Subsequently, an acting Board of Directors was formed and began working on the tasks of writing By-Laws, becoming incorporated as a non-profit organization with tax exempt status, planning for an Arts Festival, presenting art programs, publicizing art events in the community and seeking funds.
In October, an afternoon tea was held at the Robert Treat Paine House attended by over three hundred people to publically announce the formation of the Waltham Arts Council.
The first major fundraising activity was a concert in April by Arthur Feidler and the Boston Pops held in the auditorium of the Waltham High School. The next major activity funded by the Council was an Arts Festival held on May 30, 1976 where over one thousand volunteers presented a variety of programs to over five thousand children and adults.
Now, the Waltham Arts Council continues to present a Free Summer Concert series, as well as programs such as Art classes and supporting various artistic endeavors within the community.
Board of Directors 2022-2023:
Jessica Lucci, President
Everett Erwin, Jr., Vice President
Patti Strom, Treasurer
Carey Carlson, Clerk
2023 Board Meetings
**Meetings are open to the public 7 - 8PM. Held at Government Center: Public Meeting Room unless otherwise posted**
January 11 February 8
March 8 April 12
May 10 June 14
July/August - No Meeting
September 13 October 11 *
* Annual Members Meeting
and Election of Officers starts at 6:30PM *
November 8 December - No Meeting