Programs & Events

Thursday, August 26, 2021, 6 pm

Sculpture + Architecture Walking Tour: Cyrus Dallin & Arlington Center

Art and history enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join us for a one hour guided walking tour of Arlington Center. Experience the masterful public works created by the celebrated American sculptor, Cyrus Dallin, for his adopted hometown. Learn the stories behind notable memorials and historic buildings, including the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue (1976), Soldiers & Sailors Monument (1887), and the art deco Arlington Co-operative Bank (1934). Before or after the tour, plan to visit one of the many amazing restaurants in Arlington Center!

The tour starts on the sidewalk in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum at 611 Mass. Ave. in Arlington. Metered parking available in the municipal lot behind the building.

Suggested donation: $10, $5 for members and students, free for children 13 and under
Register here!
*This tour will also be offered monthly on Thursday, September 16th. (Follow the link to register.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:30 pm

Virtual Program – Female Strength & Sculpture: Selected Portraits by Cyrus Dallin

Join Sarah Burks, Co-Chair of the Dallin Museum Board of Trustees, for a discussion about Cyrus Dallin’s portrait sculptures of some of history’s most fascinating, powerful, and influential women. These include religious reformer Anne Hutchinson; author, abolitionist, and suffragist Julia Ward Howe; Indigenous rights activist Zitkala-Sa; and more. Learn about the history of the sculptures themselves and the women who inspired them.

Suggested donation: $5 per person.
Register here!
A Zoom link to the program will be sent to your email address once registration is complete. This program will be recorded. For questions, please contact

Past Program Videos

Sculpture in Service of Social Justice: Cyrus Dallin’s Tributes to this Land’s Indigenous Peoples
Aired February 16, 2021

Heather Leavell, Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Director and Curator, explores the history of Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter, Massasoit Ousamequin, and Appeal to the Great Spirit in the context of the sculptor’s work as an Indigenous rights activist and educator. Learn how Dallin employed his position as an internationally acclaimed sculptor to advance Indigenous rights through humanizing portrayals of Indigenous peoples, extensive public education, and efforts to reform harmful federal vanishing policies. Leavell discusses Dallin’s close, collaborative relationships with Indigenous leaders and non-Native activists, and the positive impacts of their work together. She also shares what allies today might learn from Dallin’s example.

NewTV’s Museum Open House – Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Aired October 26, 2020

The Dallin Museum was recently featured on Museum Open House, a show produced by NewTV (Newton, MA) that highlights outstanding museums and cultural organizations throughout the region. This episode features a behind-the-scenes tour spotlighting significant works in the collection, a brief illustrated history of Cyrus Dallin, and a discussion about the Museum’s founding and current activities.

Virtual Unveiling of Auvers-sur-Oise
Aired: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Experience the unveiling of a newly acquired and restored Cyrus Dallin painting from the comfort of your own home! The c. 1890 oil on canvas entitled Village Road, Auvers-sur-Oise, was given to the Museum as a long-term loan by Cyrus Dallin’s great granddaughter Patricia McCabe. Our virtual unveiling will feature an interview with Patricia, who will share some special family memories and anecdotes. Director Heather Leavell will discuss the restoration process, and Board Director Geri Tremblay will explore the reasons why such a celebrated sculptor would also love to paint.

We are grateful to Arlington Community Media, Inc. for assisting us in producing this program and to the Arlington Cultural Council for funds to support the restoration of Auvers-sur-Oise. The ACC is a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Menotomy Hunter and Native American Images: Virtual Forum and Discussion
Aired: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Against the backdrop of the national dialogue over Native American sports mascots, community members in Arlington have been questioning the appropriateness of using Cyrus Dallin’s Menotomy Hunter as a logo or mascot for town entities. This virtual forum will explore the history of the Hunter statue and associated imagery and center Indigenous perspectives on the appropriation of Native American imagery by non-Native groups. Organized by the Arlington Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Dallin Museum and Arlington Public Schools.

Faries Gray, Sagamore of the Massachusett Tribe of Ponkapoag
Danielle Kost, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Kimberly Kost Okitsu, Resident and Algonquin tribe member
Heather Leavell, Director & Curator of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Dr. Matthew Janger, AHS principal
Louisa Baldwin, AHS student