Family Activities Celebrate Global Publisher's 30th Anniversary

September 8, 2022 by Stewart Ikeda

From September 9-24, 2022, The Umbrella Arts Center is proud to host a series of immersive, family friendly arts experiences celebrating the 30th anniversary of Barefoot Books, the Concord-based, global multicultural children's book publisher.

On display over two floors, the Barefoot Books: 30 Years, 30 Artists exhibition is a free, interactive art exhibition incorporating a scavenger hunt through a fancifully illustrated timeline of the company history artwork, a books display, and artwork by many of the award-winning international illustrators Barefoot has published over the decades. Enhancing the exhibition, Barefoot and The Umbrella have partnered to offer free family arts & crafts activities, a delightful outdoor storywalk, author talks, storytelling sessions, and three live stage performances of Barefoot's award-winning story, The Boy Who Grew Flowers, a heartwarming story about empathy and kindness by Manhattan-based dance and theater company, The Treehouse Shakers. Performances are September 22, 23 and 24 in The Umbrella's new, state-of-the-art Main Stage Theater 144. Tickets are on sale now, with proceeds going to support the nonprofit Umbrella Arts Center.

Other free activities associated with the exhibition include:

Saturday, September 10 - 10:00-11:30 am - The Boy Who Grew Flowers Craft Session
Explore the art exhibition, enjoy a self-guided scavenger hunt and make a whimsical flower headpiece inspired by the bestselling book. Free!

Saturday, September 17 - 3:00-4:00 pm - A Conversation with best-selling author of Wicked, Gregory Maguire and Barefoot Books CEO and Co-founder, Nancy Traversy
A family-friendly discussion about children’s publishing and the Barefoot Books journey, followed by The Boy Who Grew Flowers craft session. Free!

Saturday, September 24 - 10:00-11:30am - Storytelling Performance with Xanthe Gresham Knight
Attend a storytime with acclaimed writer and storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight, , followed by The Boy Who Grew Flowers craft session. Free!

Learn more about the exhibition and activities at

Buy tickets to The Boy Who Grew Flowers 

Browse the Barefoot Books Online Art Store, with proceeds benefitting The Umbrella

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