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March 23, 2021 by Stewart
“I think grievance is: ‘We’re Asian. People are attacking us.’ And we have this sense of a kind of ethnocentrism to defend ourselves. But justice is something more meaningful and something much larger than that. Justice is the way to move forward.” - Renee Tajima-Peña, filmmaker, Who Killed Vincent Chin?One week ago today, these souls lost their lives in a senseless... Keep Reading »
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March 10, 2021 by Rachel Olson
We are so happy to congratulate Elise Woodward, former chair of our Building Committee, as the Town of Concord’s 2021 Honored Citizen. As Chair of The Umbrella Building Committee, she masterfully worked to bring a disparate group of artists, community members, and our design and construction team together to complete an Arts facility that is the envy of the region.... Keep Reading »
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December 28, 2020 by Rachel Olson
As 2020 winds down, and in preparation for our annual meeting this month, The Umbrella staff was humbled and amazed to look back at how very far we traveled since delivering our last Annual Report.Our last fiscal year carried us from soaring highs and grand openings, through twists and turns and growth, to heartbreaking closures and losses, and ultimately to determined... Keep Reading »
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December 15, 2020 by Rachel Olson
New Board Members Introduced, Annual Report PublishedIn something of a silver lining for this COVID-impacted time, The Umbrella Arts Center hosted its largest-ever gathering for its annual meeting on the evening of December 15.  The event – normally held at 40 Stow Street – was conducted for the first-time entirely via Zoom, allowing a wider level of participation by... Keep Reading »
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May 28, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Dazzling Lightscape at 40 Stow Thanks Community Supporters, Essential WorkersConcord, MA – In the run-up to its May 29 STAND BY ME virtual celebration of the arts, The Umbrella Arts Center sought a creative way to remain connected with the community and show its gratitude for the support it has received during the Covid-19 crisis.Created through the lighting wizardry of... Keep Reading »
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May 26, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Do you want a specialty cocktail to enliven our upcoming Stand By Me virtual arts celebration? Look no further! West Concord Wine & Spirits is selling the ingredients for The Umbrellini, a specialty cocktail that celebrates The Umbrella! Easy to make and easier to drink, this delicious beverage will be featured in at-home toasts throughout our virtual... Keep Reading »
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Allie Kussin, Photographed by Nick Warchol
April 26, 2020 by Stewart
The Umbrella community is saddened to announce the passing of recently retired Board Chair, Allie Kussin. After remaining isolated from her husband Fritz for weeks at Emerson Hospital, she was blessedly able to return home on March 31, and connect with family and friends until transitioning peacefully at 5:30PM on April 25, attended by her family and caregivers... Keep Reading »
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April 1, 2020 by Rachel Olson
April 1, 2020 – Concord, MA -- The Umbrella Arts Center has joined the effort to help in the public health emergency. Although officially closed since March 24 pursuant to Gov. Baker's emergency order, The Umbrella has dedicated some of its new Makerspace equipment to fabricate personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff at Emerson Hospital.Since March 28, Concord... Keep Reading »
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March 24, 2020 by Stewart
Dear Friends of The Umbrella:The Umbrella Arts Center is closely monitoring recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surrounding the coronavirus (COVID 19) and the State of Emergency declaration in Massachusetts. We care deeply about the safety and wellbeing of our... Keep Reading »
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March 19, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Dear Friends,In times like these, the arts take on an even more important role – to inspire, to inform, to make us think deeply. And to comfort, distract, and entertain. We are working on ways to bring the arts to you virtually and/or safely outdoors during our hiatus and welcome your suggestions or ideas. Guided by public health officials’ recommendations, here are... Keep Reading »
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