Maker Space Volunteers Needed!

The Umbrella Community Arts Center is looking for friendly makers to help monitor our Maker Space opening this winter!  The Umbrella is looking for DIY'ers, makers, crocheters/knitters, inventors, coders, designers, artists and more to inspire and develop our community of future inventors and artists. Maker Space volunteers manage the shop, maintain tools, organize and clean, advise users about equipment, field basic questions and are extremely important members of our community.

Taking Care

-written by 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Meghan Murray

In a historical moment of American history, many of us have been rudely awakened to a tendency of hatred in our country. I suppose I have lived in a bubble that envelopes educated and liberal communities, and was blissfully ignorant to the feelings of much of the nation. I am very lucky – I was born white, into the upper middle class in New England, and was provided a fantastic education. My life will be largely unaffected over the next few years, but that is not true for many Americans.

How to Begin

I have now lived in Concord for three weeks, and I am still overwhelmed by many things. Firstly, the sheer beauty of this very warm and colorful October. I have made a habit of walking to the Sleepy Hollow Burial Ground, up on the hill over Monument Square, to sit and read amongst the falling yellow leaves and the weathered tombstones. I look forward to strolling onto Main Street when the snow falls, and I imagine the stillness that I have come to associate with New England winter.

In Memory of Kathy Reticker

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news on the loss of a committed advocate, trusted board member, loyal and cherished friend this week. Kathy Reticker, we have been honored to know you and work with you. Your presence here and in our community will be greatly missed. Our love goes out to your entire family during this time of sorrow. May you rest in peace.

Seasonal Art Instructors - Winter and Spring 2017

Description: The Umbrella Community Arts Center is always looking for new course proposals and talented teachers for our seasonal course catalogs. We offer courses, workshops, and special events for the adult, teen, youth and family audiences. Applicants and associated course proposals will be evaluated in comparison to current faculty and course offerings and by potential interest to the constituencies of The Umbrella.

Weekend Birthday Art Party Instructors

Description: The Umbrella Community Arts Center is seeking part time Birthday Party Teaching Artists for our weekend Birthday Party program. Seeking teachers in all media (painting, drawing, 2D and 3D mixed media, and woodworking) to build quality party themes and offerings listed on The Umbrella’s website:

Birthday Teaching Artists work together with birthday parents to ensure a fun, relaxed atmosphere for our art filled parties. Artists will not only act as party hosts, but also lead the party guests in group art workshops. The projects will typically be determined by the interests and wishes of the families, though the specifics of the project are up to the artists. Hours are subject to party bookings, but can take place between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Parties are scheduled for two hours:

Saturdays between 10am – 6pm
Sundays between 1pm – 6pm

The first hour, the kids create art. Kids work with the art instructor specialized in the medium of your choice. The kids work to create their masterpieces of art such as masks, puppets, paintings, collages, sculptures, and works of clay!

The second hour, the kids enjoy the party. Instructors should prepare to further engage the kids of necessary with additional art games or small projects.


BA or MA in studio arts, art education, teaching or related field.

Demonstrated technical skill in the subject or medium being taught.

Prior classroom teaching experience is highly desirable.

Enthusiastic, reliable, and creative.

The ability to motivate and inspire in an open, creative way.

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Must have availability on Saturdays & Sundays!


How to Apply:

Submit your resume
Submit a brief cover letter stating your interest and relevant experience.
(Optional) 3 professional references
(Optional) An artist’s portfolio or portfolio of student work.

Submit to: Danielle Moriarty, Education Associate at

STEAM Instructors - Winter and Spring 2017

Description: The Umbrella Community Arts Center is seeking talented teachers for our Winter 2017 after-school, school vacation week programs and course catalog. Particular focus for new programming initiatives will bring together the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to build on our STEAM curriculum for youth ages 4-18 years old. Project or goal orientated proposals that incorporate multiple disciplines and creative and critical thinking are desired. Additional opportunities exist for intergenerational workshops.

Sound Designer/Engineer

The Umbrella’s award-winning performing arts program is seeking an experienced, talented, and dedicated sound designer/engineer to join it’s production teams for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season.

Productions include:

Equus – November 4th-19th, 2016

Dear Elizabeth and Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical (running in rep) – February 24th – March 26th, 2017

Big Fish – April 21st – May 7th, 2017



By Happy Goethert and Emily Wheeler
We are members of Concord’s Agriculture Committee and aspiring artistsand farmers. Last year, Happy proposed inviting community members to visit Concord farms and create artwork based on what they saw and experienced—not just in the high season of summer, but through four successive seasons. That time is needed to learn the farming cycle, to witness how the work changes, and to get to know all the people who run the farm.


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