Volunteer Spotlight: Zoe Wefers

Written by Molly Cohen

Zoe is a volunteer who has grown up with The Umbrella Community Arts Center. She began frequenting the gallery as a child when she attended the center’s summer arts camp. Her favorite activity quickly became ceramics. Flash forward several years, and now Zoe is an 11th grader. Her time at The Umbrella has come full circle; last February she was a teacher’s assistant at the vacation arts camp.

Stop the budget cuts

On Monday afternoon, July 17, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the Legislature's Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Mass Cultural Council and cut arts funding by 14%.
If lawmakers do not override this veto, the Mass Cultural Council's budget will be cut to $12.1 million from $14 million.

Construction Update - 9.7.2017

Dear Umbrella Commuity,

Last week we had an in depth meeting to get exact times for upcoming construction and we're excited to announce that "early early" construction starts on Monday, September 11! 

Starting on Monday September 11, our front entrance will officially be closed to the public. The main entrance will be the back teal door by Deb Richardson's studio. The glass door will also still be open.

Meghan's Year as the 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence

Somehow it’s been a year since I moved into a crooked little house and a warm, sunny studio at the Umbrella. A nearly brand-new easel stood in the studio corner, the walls were bare, and I was admittedly intimidated by the prospect of a whole year to make a new series of work. And how wrong I was, to be intimidated by what seemed like a huge stretch of time! How the year has flown by! This past year was incredibly formative for me as a young painter.

Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie and Caroline Canally

written by Monica Chen

There are very few bonds as strong as the bond between a mother and daughter.

Debbie and Caroline Canally are great examples of just how true that statement is.

The duo began volunteering together at The Umbrella roughly eight years ago. Throughout the years, their roles at the center have changed. Debbie and Caroline have done everything from ushering at theater productions to manning concession stands, setting up classrooms, assisting a woodworking class, and working in the gardens.

Volunteer Spotlight: Marian Sutherland

written by Molly Cohen

An advocate for the arts, Marian has been volunteering at Umbrella Arts since the 2015 Winter Market. She enjoys volunteering because she likes making a difference in her community and giving others the chance to experience art.

“It is so important. Everybody deserves that opportunity…I’ve been around art my whole life. To not have that would be devastating,” she says.


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