Events

Musketaquid Earth Day

Celebrate our first and forever home: the Earth! The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is hosting the annual Earth Day Celebration, and this year our theme is Water. We will start our celebrations with a River Ceremony at the Old North Bridge. The Earth Day Parade will leave from the Old Manse down through Concord center to the Umbrella Arts Center, where there will be performers, artists, and food in our Festival.

RIVER CEREMONY
10:00am–11:00am
Minute Man National Historic Park, at The Old North Bridge
CC King will lead our River Ceremony, accompanied by vocalist and performing word artist Valerie Stephens and percussionist Grant Smith. We will launch our collection of Earth Floats at the water’s edge.

EARTH DAY PARADE
11:00am–12:00pm
The Old Manse to The Umbrella
To start our parade, the band Snow Crow will raise us to our feet in song and dance. We muster at 11:00 and begin parade down Monument and Main Streets with giant puppets, costumes, banners, community groups, families, and friends alongside performing artists including:

aNova Brazil, an interactive performing arts group that combines Afro, Funk, Hip Hop, Samba and Taiko drumming into a feet-stomping music extravanganza!

Dirty Water Brass Band, a Soul and R&B band that draws its influence from the streets of New Orleans

Bagpipe Major Ben Adelman and Friends, a local Massachusetts group of powerful bagpipers

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
12:00pm–2:00pm
The Umbrella
Our parade ends at the Umbrella Arts Center on Stow Street. We will have table exhibitors and arts activities inside the Umbrella. Once you step inside you will find yourself immersed in a watershed environment, a special artist installation just for Earth Day. There will also be entertainment, music, and performances from:

Drumlin Farm’s Birds of Prey

Diabolis in Musica, a community music group that plays party-time medieval music

Vera Meyer’s Glass Harmonica, a water-inspired, historical performance

Mary Puppets: Tubs, Tubes, and Toilets, a family puppet show presented by Rosalita’s Puppets

Enjoy food from Concord Market/Trail’s End Cafe!

Musketaquid and OARS is pleased to present a family-friendly film festival on Earth Day! The film festival will focus on our water theme. More details to come as we approach the spring.

Rain date: Sunday, April 26

Green Week April Vacation Week

April 21-24, 2020
Welcome Spring and join us in celebrating and exploring the arts at The Umbrella. Projects during Green Week aim to build sustainable ideas and practices in everyday living by touching on themes of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Transform plastic parts, newspaper, cardboard, scrap fabrics, and recycled ceramics into art. Turn what some people call trash into beautiful art. Use art materials from nature while learning about plants and animals in our local environment. Students have the opportunity to work in the mediums of Drawing & Painting, 2D and 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Performing Arts, Art & Nature, Woodworking/Workshop, and More! Join us, and let the art exploring begin. #DiscoverYourArts

Areas of Art Exploration: Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Performing Arts, Dance/Movement, Arts and Environment.

Early Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Registration Deadline*: Sunday, April 12, 2020.

*All registrations and program forms are due by this date.

Grade/Age Range: Grade Pre-K – Grade 8, approximately Age 4-13 years

April Vacation Week – Program Options

Pre-K Art Explorers – Half Day 9:00 – 12:30pm
Morning ONLY for Pre-K (Ages 4-5). Includes sensory rich activities, stories, snack time and art making for little artists.
Tuition: $225 regular / $200 by March 31 / $250 after April 12

Art Explorers Half-Day – MORNING, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Morning ONLY. Grades K – 8. Includes three different one-hour art classes each day and a break for a mid-morning snack.
Tuition: $225 regular / $200 by March 31 / $250 after April 12

Art Explorers Full-Day – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Want your child to experience art ALL day? No problem! Just sign up for the Art Explorers Full Day option. For grades K – 8. Full day students must be provided with a NUT-FREE lunch from home for the mid-day break 12:30-1pm.
Tuition: $450 regular / $425 by March 31 / $475 after April 12

Performing Art Explorers – Full Day, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Grades 4-8. This option is designed for those who love the stage! Each morning will consist of work on a theater production, character development, choreography, roll play and other aspects of stage craft on The Umbrella’s new Main Stage Theater. The themes of the work will be around fairy tales. Following lunch, performing arts students will try other arts programs and try their hand at other arts being offered. Full day students must be provided with a NUT-FREE lunch from home for the mid-day break 12:30-1pm.
Tuition: $450 regular / $425 by March 31 / $475 after April 12

Afternoon Extended Day 4:00-5:30pm
Continue your projects or start something new under the guidance of our extended day teacher. This option is to accommodate families who need the extra time to pick up children after work.
Tuition $60 for the week.
Tuition: $60

Earth Float, Parade Making, and Puppet Refurbishing Workshops at The Umbrella (All Ages!)

Sundays, April 5, 12 & 19, 2:00-5:00pm and
Thursday, April 23, 5:00-8:00pm
at The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street

Preparation for Earth Day starts weeks in advance of the celebration itself. We create costumes, headdresses, banners, and puppets large and small. Community members of all ages, children, teens, and adults, can participate in our Earth Day workshops. This is your opportunity to make your own animal creation to carry in the Earth Day Parade. We want our community members to show off the incredible banner designs and intricately decorated headdresses.

At our workshops, participants build Earth Floats to release during the River Ceremony at the start of Earth Day. Build Earth Floats using natural materials, such as milk weed pods, birch bark, oak branches, and cattails. The Earth Float engineers attach good wishes for the Earth and for the rivers and release their floats during the River Ceremony. Since the Floats are made from natural materials, the floats will return to Nature where they came from.

All Earth Day Workshop activities will be lead by our Earth Day instructors, who have organized Earth Day for years. We are so happy to bring such wonderful instructors into classrooms with our nature-loving community.

Instructor: Morningstar Medaye and others

Open Studios

More than 50 Studio Artists look forward to opening their studio doors at 40 Stow Street in Concord and sharing with you their artistry and process in diverse practices including painting, ceramics, glass, woodworking, photography, printmaking, drawing, illustration, jewelry, fiber arts and mixed media. Plus, stop into The Umbrella’s newly renovated Visual Arts Gallery to visit Aperture: Annual Studio Artist Group Show.
Free and open to the public!

New DVD Series ” AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART ” with Janice & Doug Muir

The emergence of African American artists over three centuries has been a powerful reflection of social and political changes. From the early Republic to the Civil War, through the rise of industry, the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance, the post-war years and the Civil Rights movement to present day. This fascinating subject will be facilitated by Janice and Doug using DVD lectures. Special guest on February 4 will be Laura McDonald from the Tufts University Art Gallery. This series is free of charge and we appreciate you letting us know you are coming: 978-318-3020. If you miss a date you can easily slip back in so don’t hesitate to return.

African-American Art / New DVD Series with Facilitated Discussion

The emergence of African American artists over three centuries has been a powerful reflection of social and political changes. From the early Republic to the Civil War, through the rise of industry, the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance, the post-war years and the Civil Rights movement to present day. This fascinating subject will be facilitated by Janice and Doug using DVD lectures. Special guest on February 4 will be Laura McDonald from the Tufts University Art Gallery. This series is free of charge at the Concord Council on Aging and we appreciate you letting us know you are coming: 978-318-3020. If you miss a date you can easily slip back in so don’t hesitate to return. This weekly series ends March 31.

Free Family Art Day

Creativity has no age limit!

Free Family Art Days at The Umbrella Arts Center are a great opportunity for families to be creative together and to enjoy art in a fun and affordable way. In this program, families will engage in art-making activities designed and taught by talented art instructors. Projects use a variety of art materials, professional artist tools, and mediums, and may incorporate seasonal themes throughout the year. By design, projects take between 30-45 minutes.

The free family day schedule runs throughout the year on select Saturday afternoons and occasional Monday holidays. It is a great way to come see the light and spacious new Umbrella classrooms, and to learn about all of the classes, afterschool, vacation week, summer camp and independent art programs on offer.

Families of any age and size are welcomed to attend on Saturday, March 14, between 2PM and 5PM. However, please keep the following guidelines in mind.

– An adult must accompany children under 5 years old at all times.
– If the room reaches capacity at the time of your arrival, you may have to wait until space opens up.
– Families that arrive less than 30 mins before closing time may not have time to finish a project. Typically, if this is the case, art materials can be taken home to finish.
– Classes end promptly at the scheduled time.

For more information, see https://theumbrellaarts.org/class/free-family-days

Photo by Nick Warchol

Aurea Ensemble “Of Nature Composed”

Organizer: The Walden Woods Project

The Aurea Ensemble will perform “Of Nature Composed,” which explores the intersection of nature, science, the arts and humanities, and the sanctity of our environment. “Of Nature Composed” includes the words and music of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, John Luther Adams; American composers, Charles Griffes, John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Charles Ives; with words of naturalist Henry David Thoreau, American contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet Galway Kinnell, and Ted Kooser.

The piece was created in 2016 for the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities in celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize. The mission of Aurea is to investigate and invigorate the relationship between music and the spoken word. Aurea aspires to unify the humanities and fine arts in dynamic, accessible & engaging ways through performance and educational outreach.

The Aurea Ensemble features:

Nigel Gore, spoken word

Chris Turner, harmonica, spoken word

Katherine Winterstein and Alexey Shabalin, violins

Consuelo Sherba, viola

Emmanuel Feldman, cello