EARTH MONTH PROGRAMS 2020
MUSKETAQUID EARTH DAY 2020
Celebrating the Confluence of Art & Nature
Saturday, April 25, 10:00am–2:00pm
*Rain Date: Sunday, April 26
Minute Man National Historic Park, at The Old North Bridge
CC King will lead our River Ceremony, accompanied by vocalist and performing word artist Valerie Stephens and percussionist Grant Smith. We will launch our collection of Earth Floats at the water’s edge.
EARTH DAY PARADE
The Old Manse to The Umbrella
To start our parade, the band Snow Crow will raise us to our feet in song and dance. We muster at 11:00 and begin parade down Monument and Main Streets with giant puppets, costumes, banners, community groups, families, and friends alongside performing artists including:
aNova Brazil, an interactive performing arts group that combines Afro, Funk, Hip Hop, Samba and Taiko drumming into a feet-stomping music extravanganza!
Dirty Water Brass Band, a Soul and R&B band that draws its influence from the streets of New Orleans
Bagpipe Major Ben Adelman and Friends, a local Massachusetts group of powerful bagpipers
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Our parade ends at the Umbrella Arts Center on Stow Street. We will have table exhibitors, arts activities, and a watershed installation inside the Umbrella.
Once you step inside you will find yourself immersed in a watershed environment, a special artist installation just for Earth Day. Sculptor and mixed media artist Liz Helfer presents her interactive watershed experience in her project "The Voyage of the Yellow Wellies." In fall 2019, Liz joined The Umbrella Arts and Environment for Art Ramble 2019, and her work has taken her across North America and Europe. Previously she worked with cast-iron and metal but is transitioning to mixed media including her watershed installation here at The Umbrella. Explore the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord watershed through perspective of a canoe ride and through the lens of Liz's video camera. The Umbrella is facilitating a partnership between Liz Helfer and the River Stewardship Council to provide visitors with knowledge about how to steward our rivers.
Besides Liz Helfer's watershed installation, there will also be entertainment, music, and performances from:
Diabolis in Musica, a community music group that plays party-time medieval music
Vera Meyer's Glass Harmonica, a water-inspired, historical performance
Musketaquid and OARS is pleased to present a family-friendly film festival on Earth Day! The film festival will focus on our water theme. More details to come as we approach the spring.
We invite nonprofits, local businesses, and community organizations to be table exhibitors at the Earth Day Festival. To reserve your spot at the Festival fill out our registration form.
Host a Table at the Festival
Promote your environmental cause or business by tabling at the Festival! Tables are interspersed among art activities and performers. Cost: Free to nonprofits who bring their own table/chair, $20 if Musketaquid provides a table. For-profit businesses pay $100. To reserve your organization's place at the Festival, fill out our registration form.
Earth Float, Parade Making, and Puppet Refurbishing Workshops at The Umbrella (All Ages!)
Sundays, April 5, 19, 2:00-5:00pm
Saturday, April 11, 2:00-5:00pm, and
Thursday, April 23, 5:00-8:00pm
at The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Preparation for Earth Day starts weeks in advance of the celebration itself. We create costumes, headdresses, banners, and puppets large and small. Community members of all ages, children, teens, and adults, can participate in our Earth Day workshops. This is your opportunity to make your own animal creation to carry in the Earth Day Parade. We want our community members to show off the incredible banner designs and intricately decorated headdresses.
At our workshops, participants build Earth Floats to release during the River Ceremony at the start of Earth Day. Build Earth Floats using natural materials, such as milk weed pods, birch bark, oak branches, and cattails. The Earth Float engineers attach good wishes for the Earth and for the rivers and release their floats during the River Ceremony. Since the Floats are made from natural materials, the floats will return to Nature where they came from.
All Earth Day Workshop activities will be lead by our Earth Day instructors, who have organized Earth Day for years. We are so happy to bring such wonderful instructors into classrooms with our nature-loving community.
Instructor: Morningstar Medaye and others
Adopt-A-Puppet to carry in the Parade!
Peruse our collection of giant puppets to reserve and carry in the parade.
Made by artists and community members and groups, these beautiful puppets offer individuals and groups a fun opportunity to celebrate our local plant and animal species!
Our puppets used to reside in a barn not farm from Verrill Farm, but they've found a new home at Maynard Storage Solutions. We now refer to our storage unit at in Maynard as the "new barn." As we approach Earth Day, our puppet organizers will spend more time at the new barn deciding what puppets need refurbishing. Once we compile our list of giant puppets we will share with you what puppets you can rent for the Earth Day Parade. Stay tuned!
Call for Art
"Fresh Water and our Watershed" Earth Month Exhibit
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020
The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program invites artists of all ages and experience to participate in our Month Exhibit, a non-juried community art show on display at The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA from April 15-May 20, 2020. We seek artwork in all media that respond to our 2020 Earth Day Theme of “Fresh Water and our Watershed.”
Water in all its forms inspires wonder: the intricate beauty of a snowflake’s design, the tranquility of a flowing stream, the invitation of a winding river, the abundant life of swamps, fens, marshes, and the pure magic of a spring. A river’s watershed encompasses the entire land area draining into it. In our local watershed we are all downstream, so all events in our watershed affect us. Flowing water has immense potential power. The Merrimack River powered huge cotton mills and built the cities of Lowell and Lawrence in Massachusetts. But too much or too little water can create massive destruction, such as floods and droughts. Even communities in proximity to water may lack infrastructure to supply clean drinking water.
What aspect of water speaks to you? Is it the wonder of a spring, the engineering of a dam, or simply the river in your own backyard? Express your response in any artistic medium: painting, sculpture, collage, multi-media, poetry, song, photography, video, dance, or performance. We encourage you to focus on our own major watershed, the area drained by Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.
Guidelines for Submitting Artwork
Two-dimensional work must be framed or otherwise ready for hanging with screw eyes and wire attached. Artist must place heavy sculpture. Artist must supply technology to display sound or video entries. Two copies of prose or poetry should be delivered flat in an envelope. Maximum of two separate works per artist.
Delivery of Artwork: Please bring your submitted artwork to The Umbrella Arts Center on Monday, April 6, 2020 between 3 and 6:00pm. Include two labels.
Artist Reception will be held Wednesday, April 22 at The Umbrella Arts Gallery
Pick up Artwork: Thursday May 21, between 3 and 6:00pm. The Umbrella accepts no responsibility for work not picked up on time unless other arrangements have been made in advance.