Connecting Community to Environmental Issues though Art
Visiting/juried artists and our teen public sculpture program create art in public spaces and open exhbitions to encourage community engagement, reflection and interaction
Some of Our Recent Public Art Projects Include:
An exhibition of doors painted by nine artists and installed on the West Concord section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, inspired by the En Plein Air installation on NYC’s High Line, encourages healthful outdoors activity and provides inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, and joy.
A NEW extension of the Go Out Doors exhibition, Go Out Doors - Neighbors expands the original concept to connect neighboring towns -- three towns, three bike paths, and three cultural districts to date.
Artist and architect William Turville's annual sculptural event at Concord's DropOff SwapOff may have been canceled for the pandemic, but our friends at Concord Market and Trail's End invited him to create another giant, whimsical work of recycled art -- this time with naming help from our local and extended virtual community.
Partnering with the Concord Division of Natural Resources, this collaborative project celebrates all the arts -- sculpture, poetry, dance, and dramatic readings encourage the intersection of art, nature, and community in a historic natural setting.These seasonal exhibtions take place in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest.
Annual, non-juried multi-media exhibit at The Umbrella Arts Gallery, 40 Stow Street extends the annual thematic exploration surrounding our annual Earth Day Parade and Festivals
As part of a new Artist-in-Residency program with Minuteman National Historic Park, Earth Press Project: Witness is a site-specific, public engagement, environmental project imprinting words from communities across America representing a declaration of witnessing change. We are excited to collaborate with the team at Minuteman who believe that art can carry our stories, and is a powerful tool to bridge our past with our future. Looking forward to seeing how YOU and the public responds to the question "What change would you like to witness today as inspired by or in response to the events that took place on this historical landscape?"
This 2016 year-long collaborative project between the Concord Agriculture Committee and Musketaquid brought local farms to forefront. Eleven juried artists were matched with 13 farms to follow the seasonal cycles of farm life and work. Each artist submitted at least one piece for each season for a three-month show in The Umbrella Gallery.
Local artists gather monthly to paint mural-like banner for local nonprofit organizations and community action groups. Some clients have included: Climate Soutions Speaker Series, Librarian for Science, Open Table, National Park Service Wild and Senic Rivers. Let us know if you need a banner!
Spring and Fall Drop-Off /Swap Off Days Recycle Sculpture
Join local sculptors at the Department of Public Works in creating art from scrap materials at the fall and spring Drop-off/Swap-off days.
Musketakids Teen Public Sculpture Program
Musketakids work together to identify environmental issues of interest and concern, then design a semester- or year-long project to publicly address the issue and raise public awareness. Some of their projects have included: Endangered Species Mural, bicycle sculptures, plastic bag and trash sculptures, painting retail windows to encourage "unplugging" from electronic devices. Creative young people in grades 7-12 who are interested in joining us are welcomed to contact us! Artistic talent not required, just bring your passions, creativity, and collaborative spirit!
“ I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.”
-- Andy Goldsworthy