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“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you  to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”  -- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

Our Arts & Environment Program promotes a discovery of the arts, a passion for place and nature, and environmental responsibility. We sponsor an integrated program of community events including our signature Musketaquid Earth Day, Solstice Celebrations, adult and children's classes, Ninjas in Nature workshops, and public art installations.

All ages and abilities are welcome: individuals and families, environmental, school and community groups.

Did you know? The name "Musketaquid" honors the wisdom of Concord's first people who described this place according to its nature, "the place where the waters flow through the grasses." Just as Concord's rivers extend beyond their bends, we seek ways to reach across traditional boundaries between art and nature. This sense of place is integral to our program and we connect to the past and to the present through observation, reflections, and creation. Read more in The Umbrella Land Acknowledgement.

Highlighted Programs

Full Moon Lantern Celebration

TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE: At The Umbrella 3:30-5:30pmDue to the rainy weather today, we will be holding the Full Moon Lantern Celebration...

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FREE Arts & Environment Drop-in Family Days!

Come to The Umbrella for free family fun! Drop by any time during the three-hour time block to partake in an arts & environment related craft...

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Meet the Community

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Madeline Miller
Director of Arts & Environment
Kyle Clifford
Arts & Environment Program Coordinator
Therese Roeser