Events

StoryArt: Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition

Eight Massachusetts children’s book illustrators share their work in StoryArt, an exhibition of original book illustration: Priscilla Alpaugh, Sarah S. Brannen, Shawn Fields, Wayne Geehan, Brian Lies, Julia Miner, Ilse Plume, and Nicole Tagdell.

These award-winning illustrators each have found their own way to tell stories with their art, introducing children and adults to a magical world of art, history, science, nature, fantasy, and stories of all kinds. This is a rare opportunity to see book art up close, learn more about the illustration process, and meet the creators. Exhibitors will be available to autograph copies of their books at the October 3 opening reception and panel discussion. See website for additional free workshops and hands-on activities for all ages, and related programs presented in association with the Concord Festival of Authors. (Illustration shown here by participating artist Brian Lies)

Public Programs

* Opening Reception: Thursday October 3, 5:30-7:30pm
* Artist Roundtable: Wednesday October 16, 7:30-9:00pm. Hosted by Gregory Maguire, presented as part of Concord Festival of Authors
* Monument Maker Interactive Talk with the Illustrator and Artist, Sunday October 27, 2:00-4:00pm, presented as part of the Concord Festival of Authors, reception to follow
* Family Story Day: Saturday November 2, 1:00-3:00pm

Empty Bowls Art Fundraiser Against Hunger

Enjoy a friendly, informal luncheon with friends and neighbors: nutritious soups, homemade bread, and other tasty treats at Newbury Court, 100 Newbury Court Road, Concord.

You can select from over 400 beautiful bowls handcrafted by residents and staff at Newbury Court and Ceramics artists from The Umbrella Community Arts Center – and take one (or more) home as a reminder of the many empty bowls that need our ongoing help.

100% of the proceeds support the nonprofit Open Table, which addresses hunger by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment to those in need in central Middlesex county.

Suggested minimum donation of $25 includes food and a bowl.

Free Family Drop-In Art Activity Day

Creativity has no age limit!

Free Drop-In Family Days at The Umbrella Community Arts Center are a great opportunity for families to be creative together and to explore a variety of atr media in a fun and affordable way. In this program, families will engage in art making activities designed and taught by our talented art instructors.

The projects will use a variety of art materials, professional artist tools, and mediums, and may incorporate seasonal considerations such as holidays and events 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 new Umbrella building and to learn about all of the wonderful programs we have to offer.

We encourage families of any age and size to attend. 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. We will end promptly at the scheduled time.

Come out for free family fun in The Umbrella’s newly constructed classrooms and studios at 40 Stow Street!

Earth Press Project: Witness Exhibition

The public is invited to contribute to a collaborative sculptural art at Minute Man National Park project that invites participants to respond, in one single word, to an online prompt: “What change would you like to witness on this Earth?”

Minute Man National Historical Park in partnership with The Umbrella Community Arts Center presents Earth Press Project: Witness, a collaborative public art project with Artist-in-Residence Nancy Winship Milliken Studio. Earth Press Project: Witness is a large-scale community generated sculpture made of earthen blocks imprinted with the public’s responses that will be on view September 1 – November 1, 2019 outside the Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington, MA. A declaration of witnessing change, this project invites public engagement and dialogue around current challenges facing our earth.
Earth Press Project: Witness brings the land, history and resources of the Minute Man National Historical Park together with the artists and expertise of The Umbrella, and has co-evolved to include additional regional partners such as Reflex Letterpress (MA), Building Heritage (VT), and Terra Collaborative (VT). As a pilot Artist-in-Residence program, Witness seeks to bring more art that engages the community to the Park. Using art to carry our stories and bridge our past with our future, these imprinted words will reflect our individual and collective hopes for our shared future.

Throughout the summer leading up to the exhibition opening, members of the public are invited to submit their one-word responses at Nancy Winship Milliken Studio’s website at https://www.nancymilliken.com/earth-press-project-witness

For more information about the installation and related programs taking place throughout the fall, see https://theumbrellaarts.org/witness

The Concord Orchestra presents “A Gothic Tale” – a concert performance of Bartók’s opera, “Bluebeard’s Castle”

“Bluebeard’s Castle” is based on a haunting 17th century story, set in a gloomy medieval castle. Bluebeard’s new wife wants to learn more about her mysterious husband by exploring his forbidding castle. Ignoring his protests, she opens its seven locked doors, revealing dark secrets he wants to hide. Bartók’s opera, composed when he was thirty, shows the influence of Debussy and Strauss. The opera will be performed in English.

Two accomplished vocalists perform the roles of Duke Bluebeard and his wife Judith, David Kravitz and Sarah Pelletier. An exceptionally versatile artist, David Kravitz’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Verdi to Sondheim to cutting-edge contemporary composers. He has been praised as “a charismatic baritone” by the New York Times, and “magnificently stentorian and resonant” by Opera News. Sarah Pelletier’s international performing career encompasses opera, solo orchestral, oratorio, chamber music, and artsong repertory. She has been acclaimed for her “virtues of voice, intelligence and musicianship… with purity of tone and expression,” by the Boston Globe.

In addition to the Bartók, the orchestra performs Haydn’s Symphony No. 82, “The Bear”. The nickname for the symphony refers to bagpipe music played to accompany dancing bears, a popular form of street entertainment at the time. Haydn imitates the sound of bagpipe music in the last movement of the symphony.

Free Family Drop-In Art Activity Day

Creativity has no age limit!

Free Drop-In Family Days at The Umbrella Community Arts Center are a great opportunity for families to be creative together and to explore a variety of atr media in a fun and affordable way. In this program, families will engage in art making activities designed and taught by our talented art instructors.

The projects will use a variety of art materials, professional artist tools, and mediums, and may incorporate seasonal considerations such as holidays and events 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 new Umbrella building and to learn about all of the wonderful programs we have to offer.

We encourage families of any age and size to attend. 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. We will end promptly at the scheduled time.

Come out for free family fun in The Umbrella’s newly constructed classrooms and studios at 40 Stow Street!

Justin Roberts Family Concert

Mark your calendar for the entire family to see the three-time Grammy-Award nominee and the most successful children’s entertainer Justin Roberts live. The Concord Conservatory of Music will welcome the witty and insightful singer-songwriter to Concord, Massachusetts at 51 Walden/Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 am. His family concerts guarantee crowd participation, toe-tapping, and rhythmic swaying. Fun for all!

With a knack for crafting songs that traverse childhood ups and downs, his songs relate to all ages. Sometimes silly and clever, and sometimes poignant, his songs elicit head bopping and singing along. Whether it’s the catchy tune Pop Fly reminding parents that their kid is not the only one picking dandelions in the outfield or Lemonade reminding us that you’ve got to mix the sweet with the sour, his songs are introspective and speak from a kid’s perspective. His songs get parents to reflect on what their kids are going through.

2019 Art Ramble Curator Walks

Walk along the Hapgood-Wright Town Forest trails and see all of the installation pieces with the exhibition curator.

2019 Fall Family Festival

Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities at the 4th annual Fall Family Festival at the Playscape at Ripley. Visitors can enjoy the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, pumpkin games with the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, animals from Drumlin Farm, a sing-along with children’s musician Hugh Hanley, making bracelets with self-advocates from Minute Man Arc, and children’s activities with Concord Rec and Concord Children’s Center. Event is open to the public — $5 voluntary donation at the door.

Fall Floral Arranging @ Craft.ed Studio

Join Barbara Rietscha and learn to create a gorgeous arrangement using fall’s favorite flower – dahlias! Learn the basics of floral design while having fun. Barbara will also talk about growing dahlias. The class takes place in the craft.ed studio located in downtown Concord. Materials are locally grow by Field & Vase and are included. The arrangement is yours to take home at the end of the evening.

Minimum of 8 participants needed to run workshop, if we do not meet minimum by 9/20 workshop will be cancelled and you will receive refund.