The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is involved in programs and activites that take place all around and outside of Concord.
Local artists gather monthly to paint mural-like banner for local nonprofit organizations and community action groups. Some clients have included: Climate Soutions Speaker Series, Librarian for Science, Open Table, National Park Service Wild and Senic Rivers. Let us know if you need a banner!
Lowell Art Class Curriculum
At the Lowell Public Schools, we have developed a before-school and after-school program that brings environment-oriented arts activities to kids living in cities. We continue to develop and test our Arts and Environment curriculum and want to share it with other organizations interested in creating their own environmental art program.
Musketakids Teen Public Sculpture Program
Musketakids work together to identify environmental issues of interest and concern, then design a semester- or year-long project to publicly address the issue and raise public awareness. Some of their projects have included: Endangered Species Mural, bicycle sculptures, plastic bag and trash sculptures, painting retail windows to encourage "unplugging" from electronic devices. Creative young people in grades 7-12 who are interested in joining us are welcomed to contact us! Artistic talent not required, just bring your passions, creativity, and collaborative spirit!
In a new collaboration, One Revolution: A Year of Art and Inspiration at Minute Man National Historical Park, The Umbrella has partnered with MMNHP to issue simple seasonal prompts challenging anyone and everyone with access to a pen, pencil, marker or crayon to share a 'work of art' inspired by the Park via social media.
In August 2020, several Concord families gathered in shifts at The Umbrella Arts Center to paint scenes of “favorite Concord COVID-19 activities or destinations” to adorn picnic tables and outdoor dining parkets around town. Maintaining social distancing, family groups worked with the guidance of local artists from Village Art Room and The Umbrella, in partnership with the Town of Concord.
The Umbrella Arts & Environment program partners with Minute Man National Historical Park, Drumlin Farm-Mass Audubon, OARS, the Concord Land Conservation Trust, and other area organizations to create free summer activities for all ages. Explore the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art, and more, and earn prizes for completing activities.