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African Cultural Association, Inc.

The African Cultural Association, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization promoting support and understanding of African peoples and their various cultures. Born out of the annual African Festival that has been held in Lowell since 2000, their goal is to bridge the gap between the African continent and the United States. The ACA promotes understanding and opportunity through economic, educational and social empowerment.

Angkor Dance Troupe

40 French St., 3rd Floor

The Angkor Dance Troupe, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, is a unique organization that provides an essential service to the community. The Troupe is the only non-profit cultural group in Lowell, whose sole mission is to preserve the traditions of Cambodian performing arts. The Angkor Dance Troupe develops and teaches Cambodian dance, promotes an understanding and appreciation of Cambodian culture and provides a positive social and educational outlet for Cambodian youth.

Arts League of Lowell

307 Market St.

ALL was founded in the Fall of 2003 and held its first monthly meeting in January of 2004. With the help of its members, sponsors, and patrons, ALL fosters and celebrates creativity and artistic expression in Lowell and the surrounding areas. General meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market St. In addition to regular business, meetings can include a special program or speaker on a topic of interest to artists in Lowell. The Arts League of Lowell also has its own gallery space and artist studios.

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association 

465 School St.

The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. (CMAA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs. The CMAA was incorporated as a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation in 1984 and was eventually granted 501(c) (3) status by the IRS. CMAA has a unique corporate structure in that its “owners” are the members of the Cambodian community of Lowell.

Cameroonians of Lowell Association, Inc.

CAMOLA is a registered non-profit organization with 501(c) status aimed at helping the growing population of Africans and Cameroonians in and around the Greater Lowell area.


Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association

The Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association is a family-orientated group of Native American Indians that come together to acknowledge and share their religion, culture, spirituality and traditions in accordance with the ways of their ancestors. GLICA is composed of many different tribes of people from various Indian Nations. Their strength lies in their diversity and ability to live in the present while holding onto the past and looking forward to the future of their people. Tradition tells them that they are responsible for the next seven generations. With this in mind, they teach not only their own people their ways and customs but also non-native people who they hope will better understand and respect their culture.

International Institute of Lowell

Since 1918, the International Institute of Lowell has been dedicated to providing vital immigration and citizenship services to immigrants and refugees. The Institute works for the acceptance of all regardless of race, religion, country of birth or ethnic origin, as equal participants in life in the United States. We are a private non-profit organization and all services are completely confidential.


Light of Cambodian Children, Inc.

Through interactive advocacy, educational and social programs, Light of Cambodian Children encourages youth to seek higher education, become self-sufficient and serve as positive role models in our communities.


Lowell Cultural Council

Lowell Cultural Council provides grants to individual artists, arts organizations, community organizations and municipal agencies. All projects funded by the Lowell Cultural Council must be based in Lowell and must benefit the citizens of Lowell through exhibits, performances, readings, demonstrations or by other means. The Lowell Cultural Council prefers to fund local artists who live or work in the city.


Lowell Festival Foundation

The Lowell Festival Foundation is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that promotes and enriches the cultural life for the people of Greater Lowell through musical, social and educational programming. This is accomplished through community partnerships and a strong, active core of volunteers. Each year, the Lowell Festival Foundation co-produces the Lowell Folk Festival which transforms downtown Lowell into a live music and ethnic food mecca. Six music stages are prominently placed across the city, offering varied settings and styles of performances, with workshops, kids activities and delicious locally made ethnic cuisine also sharing the spotlight.

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is a private non-profit land trust located in Lowell. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the conservation, creation and preservation of parks, open space and special places. In 2011, the Trust unveiled a substantial public art project along the Concord River Greenway in partnership with the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Lowell Historical Society

The mission of the Lowell Historical Society is to collect, preserve and publish materials related to Lowell and to encourage and promote the study of the city's history. The society sponsors several lectures and workshops throughout the year and has a very active Board of Directors.


Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center

The Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center came about from the original impulse in the 1960s and early 1970s to save the historical and cultural assets of the city of Lowell, which was then in economic decline. One of the primary movers of the reviving-Lowell movement was Dr. Patrick J. Mogan - educator, planner, and public visionary. Mogan believed that the city could serve as an active agent for helping people reconnect to their culture.

UMass Lowell Center for Lowell History

The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History was established in 1971 to assure the safekeeping, preservation, and availability for study and research of materials in unique subject areas, particularly those related to the Greater Lowell Area and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Located downtown in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, the Center is committed to the design and implementation of historical, educational, and cultural programs that link the University and the community in developing an economically strong and multi-culturally rich region.

UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas

The Center for Arts and Ideas is a program of the Division of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, led by co-directors Prof. Jehanne-Marie Gavarini of the Department of Art and Paul Marion, executive director of Community & Cultural Affairs. The Center's main goals are to help UMass Lowell maintain positive relationships with the public and community partners and to coordinate activities that enrich campus and community life. Each semester, the Center publishes "Arts and Ideas," a publication highlighting cultural activities, major lectures and talks, and special events taking place at UMass Lowell and in the community.

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