“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, the Ninjas in Nature Summer Camp, 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.
Click below to learn more about our upcoming programs – or contact us if you’d like us to design a program for your organization or group.
Related to our mission of enriching lives and building a vibrant community through the arts we would like to acknowledge that the land we use for classes and events and the land on which The Umbrella is built is the original homelands of the Nipmuc, Musketaquid and Massachusett tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather.
Because of COVID, we will not hold our traditional gathering at the Old Manse. We will instead be offering a series of distanced creative workshops...
A Year-Long Collaborative Public Art Project by Minute Man National Historical Park and The UmbrellaMinute Man National Historical Park and The...
CALL FOR ARTISTSEarth Month: “Change is in the Air”Feb. 15 – May 1, 2021The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program invites artists of all ages and...