Go Out Doors - Neighbors

Mission: “Go Out Doors” inspires discovery and exploration of outdoors spaces and trails, and the intersection/action of place, community, spirit, and nature.

“Go Out Doors” is an expansive and evolving regional public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoors activity, environmental appreciation, and inter-town regional tourism throughout Greater Boston and Metrowest.


  • Coming September 2023: Go Out Doors - Groton
    The Umbrella and ArtsArlington are partnering with NOA Gallery, The Groton Inn, Forge & Vine and Destination Groton to introduce a new public art exhibition and call for art! Opening Reception: At The Groton Inn courtyard and grounds-- Friday, Sept. 29th 6:00-9:00 pm!
  • 2023 Go Out Doors - Wayland
    Several of the doors from our neighbors at Bradford Mill Artscape went traveling to help kick off an installation by Wayland Cultural Council!
  • Go Out Doors - Northborough 2023
    For a second year in a row, Go Out Doors Northborough will feature up-cycled, painted doors by area artists in Ellsworth-McAfee Park.  
  • Arts centers, cultural councils and artists in surrounding areas are invited to join our collaborative regional public art project as a "Go Out Doors Neighbors" Partner


Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC's High Line, Go Out Doors - Neighbors builds upon and extends The Umbrella Arts Center's summer 2020 installation of artfully upcycled doors originally commissioned for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord's Cultural District. The exhibition intended to encourage a reconnection to nature for communities then emerging from COVID-19 isolation, at-home schooling, and telecommuting. Gorgeously decorated, recycled doors crafted by regional artists became surprising waypoints of delight while traveling bike paths and walking trails. Some emphasize local wildlife and environmental themes; others are fun and whimsical, stressing exercise and companionship.

Google Wayfinding Map for Go Out Doors Installations in the Greater Boston Region  Additional "Go Out Doors" projects were then commissioned and previewed last fall in neighboring Concord Center, and the towns of Arlington and Lexington, symbolically connecting three towns, three bikeways, three cultural districts, and three visitor centers.

In 2021 and 2022, Go Out Doors - Neighbors projects continued to spread, with new art doors installed or planned in NorthboroughCarlisle, Westford, Concord, Arlington, Lexington, Medford, Groton, Minute Man National Historical Park, and eight villages in Newton including Auburndale; Newton Centre; Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Waban and West Newton. For a non-exhaustive, interactive Google map of past, current and upcoming artdoor installations, click the map shown here.

Background, wayfinding, photos, information about the artists, calls for new proposals, and other news will be updated throughout the season at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Doors.


Previous Installations