Public Art

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 Public Art Projects Include:

"Art Ramble":  

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.

Earth Month Exhibit

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

Earth Press Project: Witnessing Change

In partnership with the Minuteman National Historic Park, The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program presents a public-generated sculpture event by Nancy Winship Milliken Studio on the theme of "Witnessing Change"

"Art & Agriculture: Four Seasons on Concord Farms"

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. 

Artists Create Change Together (ACCT)

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