arts & environment

April 19, 2021 by Caroline
Musketaquid Earth Day celebrations at The Umbrella will be different this year. In accordance with state guidelines, all activities will be outdoors and limited in capacity. All attendees will be required to register in advance, wear masks, socially distance, complete a health survey prior to participating, and follow recommended health and safety protocols.On Saturday... Keep Reading »
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January 5, 2021 by Caroline
We spent the holidays curled up in front of the fire with a hot cup of cider. But it wasn’t just any fire – it was the Ninjas in Nature Festival fire!  Families and kids came to Chamberlin Woods for an afternoon of nature skills activities. Ken Clarkson led a charcoal pencil activity in the field. Each participant prepped grape vine to turn into charcoal... Keep Reading »
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December 3, 2020 by Caroline
Flickering firelight illuminates small hands gluing, weaving, and cutting. Are these elves in the North Pole? Nope, these are the kids and families participating in this year’s Winter Solstice Celebration! You may recall last year’s blow-out Solstice at the Old Manse. Families, friends, and strangers who became friends gathered around the fire pit singing carols... Keep Reading »
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November 24, 2020 by Caroline
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Maura Clarke and Suzanne Siner gathered virtually with their students for a new writing workshop: Writing Out Loud. Though in separate, virtual locations, the class was cozy and communal as everyone pulled out their snacks. Dana brought chips. Sydney a protein bar. Before diving into journaling, Maura and Suzanne prompted everyone... Keep Reading »
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November 4, 2020 by Rachel Olson
Bring your notebooks, sketchbooks, and pencils, because The Umbrella Arts & Environment program is hosting two new workshops in November! These outdoor workshops will encourage students and families to explore and interact with nature in a creative way.Nature Journaling WorkshopSaturday, November 14, 2pmCan you count all the leaves on the trees? No, but you can draw... Keep Reading »
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August 31, 2020 by Anonymous
Article by Diana KennedyAlong the recently opened 2C section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Concord, one can enjoy views of the charming downtown area, sunflowers, and cornfields. Now, a public art exhibit sponsored by The Umbrella Arts Center titled “Go Out Doors” further enhances the already beautiful pathway, encouraging people to walk, bike, or run the 2.5 mile... Keep Reading »
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August 3, 2020 by Rachel Olson
The Town of Concord Tourism and Visitor Services, The Umbrella Arts & Environment program and Village Art Room invite families to decorate table covers for picnic tables made available by local organizations and businesses around town. The theme is “What is your favorite Concord COVID-19 activity or destination?” Have you been exercising, biking, boating, or taking... Keep Reading »
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People racing cardboard boats in the water
June 17, 2020 by Stewart Ikeda
Although The Umbrella Arts & Environment program will not be hosting our traditional Summer Solstice and Cardboard Boat Race Challenge this year, we're delighted to say that the SUASCO River Stewardship Council has devised a terrific virtual celebration and set of resuorces for self-guided river exploration. We're glad to share the information below. Summer... Keep Reading »
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May 13, 2020 by Rachel Olson
The Umbrella Arts & Environment program invites everyone to join in a reconceptualized version of our 6th Annual Fairy House outing at Fairyland Pond!Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting the annual artist demonstrations at Fairyland Pond. However, we want to encourage people to get outdoors and interact with nature while practicing safe... Keep Reading »
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Ninjas in Nature Camp by Pam Ellertson
June 11, 2019 by Stewart Ikeda
In a new feature article for Concord Journal, journalist Pam Ellertson observed a session of the popular Arts & Environment class, Ninjas in Nature, and spoke with national NiN co-founder and Umbrella teacher, Kenneth Clarkson, about plans to expand the concept into an exciting new summer camp option in this region.The article went behind the scenes to not... Keep Reading »
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