Arts Advocacy

June 24, 2021 by Rachel Olson
Dear friends,The Umbrella Arts Center relies on your support to make art and arts education accessible for our whole community. With just one week left in our fiscal year, will you make a gift today to ensure that The Umbrella comes out of this pandemic stronger than ever?COVID-19 had a serious impact on the arts and the long-term financial effects will continue to be a... Keep Reading »
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January 14, 2021 by Rachel Olson
This week, The Umbrella's Executive Director Jerry Wedge will join Barry Alexander, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at Alexander & Buono International, and Lena Galperin, Director of Visitor Experience at ARTECHOUSE™, for a virtual Sip & Chat hosted by Arts Administration Association New England. Together, these three will reflect on the challenges... Keep Reading »
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September 13, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.In celebration of this year'... Keep Reading »
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June 1, 2020 by Stewart Ikeda
The Umbrella stands by people of color in our family, our community, and around the country. Black Lives Matter, and we commit to do our part to support you as you have supported us.The arts have power to connect, nurture and heal, to foster compassion and empathy. With a mission to enrich lives and build a vibrant community through the arts, The Umbrella exists to... Keep Reading »
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May 1, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Due to COVID-19, ArtWeek 2020 has been reconceptualized as a virtual festival, #ArtWeekAtHome, running from Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 10.The Umbrella Arts Center encourages people staying at home to get keep creative and share what you're doing through social media with us by tagging #DiscoverYourArts and #ArtweekAtHome. We will also be hosting multiple online... Keep Reading »
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November 15, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
This afternoon, staff and artists of The Umbrella welcomed back Middlesex 14th State Rep Tami Gouveia, aide Emily Odgers, and Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker to the newly renovated and reopened arts center at 40 Stow Street.The guests had last visited as part of a state delegation that took a hard hat tour of the construction site in March; today,... Keep Reading »
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Brian Boruta explains the new theater plans to MA State Senators Jamie Eldridge and Michael Barrett, Representative Tami Gouveia, Umbrella ED Jerry Wedge and Mass Cultural Council ED Anita Walker
March 8, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
Community Uses, Wider Regional Cultural Impact Discussed CONCORD, MA—A delegation representing Concord's state elected officials and the Massachusetts Cultural Council was treated to a detailed, inside look at the ambitious ongoing renovation and expansion of The Umbrella Community Arts Center in the former Emerson School building at 40 Stow Street.Senators Jamie... Keep Reading »
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MassCreative Creativity Connects
January 5, 2019 by Jess
Save the Date!On March 26, 2019, the creative community will come together for Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts and creativity should be an expected, recognized, and valued part of everyday life.Beginning at Emerson Paramount Center in downtown Boston, MASSCreative's 3rd Arts Advocacy Day will... Keep Reading »
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September 8, 2017 by Jess
On Monday afternoon, July 17, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the Legislature's Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Mass Cultural Council and cut arts funding by 14%. If lawmakers do not override this veto, the Mass Cultural Council's budget will be cut to $12.1 million from $14 million. With federal arts spending under attack from the Trump Administration, many... Keep Reading »
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October 2, 2016 by Admin
By Jerry WedgeMy family and I arrived in Concord in 1993. We were told by a neighbor who had been here since the 50’s this was not nearly long enough ago to be considered true Concordians. One of the very first institutions we fell in love with was Town Meeting. Our first encounter was a debate over affordable housing on land controlled by the School Department. Two... Keep Reading »
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