Community Organizations Submission & Guidelines

Local arts organizations, social service groups, and City departments are invited to apply for a booth. ArtBeat is a popular venue to increase community awareness of your services!


This is an APPLICATION for community vending at ArtBeat. Your spot is not confirmed until we receive both confirmation email AND check for the payment of your space. This application is for community, social service, and cultural organizations only.

Festival: Saturday, July 13th, 2024 (Rain date: Sunday, July 14th)

Davis Square, Somerville

Questions? Email: Heather Balchunas – [email protected]

Application Info:

Applicants will be accepted only from organizations whose primary mandate is in the area of Art or Social Service, as defined below.

Somerville City Departments can also apply; there is no fee for Somerville City Departments. Outside gov’t groups must pay fee.

“Art” means all those symbolic representations of a people’s worldview transmitted through the media of music, drama, dance, visual arts, literature, and craft and combinations thereof. Art includes, but not limited to the activities of musical composing, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic, motion pictures and photography, creative writing, weaving, pottery, jewelry-making, embroidering, macrame, and architecture.

“Social Service” is defined as a social programs and activities provided by organizations which serve the City’s residents to strengthen personal or community life.

Contact name(Required)
Please share website and/or any other applicable links
Type of organization(Required)
Mark only one choice.
Has your organization participated in ArtBeat before?(Required)
Drop files here or
Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 256 MB, Max. files: 1.
    Do you plan to use a canopy or tent?(Required)
    Will you be selling merchandise at your booth?(Required)
    The Arts Council encourages you to provide a participatory activity. Will you have a participatory activity at your booth? Please choose Yes "only" if you attend to have an interactive activity.(Required)
    Each booth is 10' x 10 and costs $75, how many spots would you like? Max. # space is 3.(Required)
    The booth fee is $75. Each booth space is 10-ft. wide x 10-ft. deep. If you require more space, each additional 10’x10′ space is $75. (Example: If you need 300 square feet, you will need 3 spaces: three 10′ x 10′ spaces – $225). The maximum number of booth spaces per applicant is five. Booth fees are not refundable upon acceptance of your application.
    Table & Chairs Rental(Required)
    The Somerville Arts Council can provide one 6-ft table and two chairs for a fee of $20. If you would like to rent a table and chairs, make sure to indicate it on the application and add $20 to your application fee. Vendors are welcome to bring their own table and chairs and forego the $20 rental fee. If you request a particular location, we will make every effort to grant it, but we cannot guarantee that your request will be met.

    Your application will not be considered complete until a check is received in the mail. Once you are approved, you will then mail a check to: Somerville Arts Council, 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA 02145. Checks are not refundable after you have confirmed by mailing a check and if we have deposited them.

    The application deadline is Monday, June 3rd. We will be reviewing all submissions after that date. Accepted applicants will receive preliminary details along with an agreement letter that must be filled out, signed, and returned to the Somerville Arts Council with their enclosed vendor payment. Complete set-up information, directions, etc. sent in late June/early July.

    Agree to Terms of Application(Required)