Miranda Aisling Hynes
Miranda came to The Umbrella in 2013 after teaching at the Museum of Fine Arts for two years in the Community Art Initiative, the hospital outreach program, and the after school program. Originally a painting and drawing teacher in The Umbrella's summer camp, she quickly joined the full-time office team where she organizes studio art events, gallery exhibitions, and the office itself. Miranda is the author of Don't Make Art, Just Make Something, a book about the importance of getting started, which she wrote in early 2013 as her thesis for her M.ed. in Community Art from Lesley University.
As The Umbrella's Office Manager and Studio Arts Coordinator, Miranda is the first person you see when you come into the office and spends most of her time working with The Umbrella's fantastic resident artists. She holds a B.A. in Painting and Pottery from Mary Baldwin College where she also studied piano performance, art history, and psychology. In her studio, she's working on a series of knitted canvasses where she oil paints directly onto hand-knitted fabric. In addition to her visual art, Miranda is a singer-songwriter and the founder of Miranda's Hearth, an organization dedicated to building community through creativity.
From June 2015-June 2016, Miranda and her community built a tiny house as public art project on The Umbrella's front lawn in BIG Art; Tiny House. The project culminated in The Umbrella's first summer festival, the 2nd BIG Tiny House Festival, which drew nearly 3,000 people to Concord!