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Arts and Culture

Malden is an evolving city with a variety of cultural inputs that make it unique and interesting. Artists and performers can find ways to plug in and be a key part of the ongoing growth and development of this diverse city. Visitors will enjoy the variety of culturally rich events, quality performances, exhibitions, and experiences hosted in a variety of unique settings.

Malden is home to a diverse mix of musicians, theater professionals, scholars, cultural organizations, visual artists, designers, and artisans. It is also known as a multinational community. Over 63 languages are spoken at the public high school and at east 42% of the population is foreign born.

The ethnic mix of Malden has allowed a number of cultural festivals, organizations, and programs to emerge. Events such as the Muslim, Latino, and Filipino Festivals; Chinese New Year hosted by the Chinese Culture Connection; International day provided by the Immigrant Learning Center; and International Women’s Day hosted by The American Association for Arab Women (AAAW) occur annually.

Collaborations between various organizations have produced other annual city-wide programs such as the well-loved Malden Reads’ One Book One City initiative, a collaborative between MATV, Malden’s Media Center and the Malden Public Library. MATV also collaborates with local talent, food providers, and local personalities for their annual MATV Open House Showcase.Photo by Susan Margot Ecker, Bhangra Dance Troupe 2nd Annual New England Muslim Festival Malden MA September 2017

Regarding exhibiting places, these are becoming more plentiful and unique. Luva Hair and Day SpaIdle Hands Craft Ale, Commerce Place Lobby, MATV Gallery, the new Malden Catholic Codivisional High School, Malden Public Library, The Gallery in Malden and a growing number of restaurants and businesses offer walls for rotating art shows.

Performances in Malden range from the excellent theater program provided by Malden High’s Play Pro, a new Children’s Theater group, storytelling and spoken word events sponsored by local spoken word artists and various other organizations. Restaurants like El Potro, All Seasons Restaurant, Hugh O’Neill’s, etc offer live music. Several local churches offer concert series. The Refugee Immigration Ministry produces an Interfaith Concert annually.

Visual artists have many opportunities to plug into the art scene, including sketching with the Malden Sketch Group; participating with Malden Arts and public art initiatives such as the ArtLine, switchboxes, mini libraries, and more; selling, exhibiting, teaching, or volunteering at The Gallery; applying for grants through the Malden Cultural Council; or offering works for display at any of the exhibition spaces.

The following links to organizations and resources offer more detailed information or opportunities to engage with the arts and culture scene of Malden. This is not an exhaustive list. Efforts are underway to gather a complete listing of resources, groups, venues and individuals that make up Malden’s Arts and Culture ecosystem. To add a resource to this list, email, Space and Energy #28, 24 inches diameter by Sand T Kalloch, exhibited at The Gallery, September 2018.

02148 Directory of Creative Enterprises, Artists, Performers, and Venues in Malden

Artists, performers, cultural organizations, and creative businesses – add your profile to this directory provided by, “a real-time online community that reflects the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states in order to promote and connect them with each other and with those who know that vibrant neighborhoods go hand-in-hand with a vibrant creative sector.” Currently this Malden-specific portion of the directory does not reflect the full roster of performers, venues, artists, etc in Malden though some are present. Please help this by creating a profile and encouraging other creative producers to do so. For help or further information about Creative Ground and adding a profile, visit or email To share this long url to the 02148 directory, use

A City-Wide Events Calendar -

Founded in 2018 to help local organizations, governments and businesses showcase events in Malden, Massachusetts and to have a ONE-STOP place for all events, this community-run event site offers the public a way to submit their own events individually or by a csv file. It also invites local businesses/groups to advertise offerings and promote special events.

American Association for Arab Women

“A non-profit that empowers Arab women to be leaders in their families and communities in an American society, through becoming knowledgeable on their rights, making informed decisions on issues, fostering networks and opportunities, sustaining an organized community, learning the necessary communication skills, overcoming cultural and languages barriers and engaging the entire community in cultural and community exchange.”

BMR Music

Private instruction in various instruments provided by Berklee and New England Conservatory graduates.

Chinese Culture Connection

“A non-profit that promotes intercultural harmony, strengthen communities, and build bridges between American and Chinese people through educational programs and the arts.” Host of annual Chinese New Year celebration and East Meets West programming.

Historical Society

An organization that seeks to create a sense of community in the neighborhoods where people live and work by exploring and presenting the history of Malden in creative ways.

Housing Families’ GREAT Youth and Families Program

“Provides trauma-informed art therapy to homeless, formerly homeless, and at-risk youth/kids in Malden/surrounding area.”

Malden Arts

“Non-profit that envisions a culturally vibrant City of Malden where each person’s life is enriched by experiencing, learning about, or creating art—and where artists and others find welcome, community, and inspiration. With our help, Malden will become a shining example of how a city that fully embraces the arts can gain new vitality and become an increasingly attractive and rewarding place to live, learn, work, and visit.”

Malden Creates, LLC

A small business that works to initiate opportunities in Malden for culture and arts/performance providers and produces high quality performances – often multidisciplinary.

Malden Cultural Council

“A state-funded agency that recommends the disbursement of state funds allocated to the city of Malden by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for arts, humanities, and interpretive science programs.” Grant applications due in October.

Malden Public Library Galleries

“A varied collection of artwork, which is housed in three art galleries, in the Converse Memorial building. The original art collection exists through the generosity of the Elisha and Mary Slade Converse.” Tours are available.

Malden Public Library Rotating Art Exhibit

“The Library encourages exhibitions and displays of paintings, photographs and sculpture for civic, cultural, educational and recreational purposes.”

Malden Reads

The program invites participants to read the same book and participate in a series of events related to the book’s themes.

Malden Sketch Group

Drawing from live models, open to artists of all levels of ability and experience, Monday and Thursday evenings at 7 pm at 350 Main St. Malden, MA (Commerce Place). For information, contact Ginger Greenblatt, and/or Judy Greulich,

Malden Unplugged

“Malden Unplugged, located at the Community Garden, is an outdoor summer performance venue with a goal to bring artists and audience together around a wide variety of artistic performances: to meet each other, foster new friendships, embrace diversity and build community.”  For information and programming, email

MATV, Malden’s Media Center

MATV is a community media center whose mission is to “connect community, promote civic engagement, and nurture arts and culture in the city of Malden.”

PechaKucha Malden

In 2018, Malden joined the global network of cities that offer PechaKucha Nights, “informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format [20 slides 20 seconds each].” To be a presenter, email For past presentations, follow the link

Stella Arts Music

School of modern and classical music, with great teachers qualified and specialized in music education, with extensive operations in the musical market.

The Gallery

A grassroots creative community that provides an art gallery, handmade/fine art products retail, performance space, and classes at 480 Main Street, Malden.

Wah Lum Kung Fu  Tai Chi Academy

“A martial arts academy that promotes the study of the Chinese Martial Arts and for the development of physical, mental, and general well-being of students.” This academy and its leadership offer performances, scholarships, and have innovated international programs that continue to infuse cultural values/traditions into the broader community.


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