“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” -John Muir
Concord, MA – June 1, 2020 – The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is partnering with Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP) on Artist-in-Your-Residence, a new public art exhibition during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ordinarily, MMNHP floods with visitors during the summer and welcomes an Artist-in-Residence for the season. This year is different. Instead of inviting an artist to the Park, MMNHP is “inviting art into visitors’ homes.” Community members and visitors are invited to create artwork inspired by their experience of MMNHP, whether it’s the natural beauty or historical significance. This collection of artwork offers a creative opportunity for visitors past and present to find solace in the memories of MMNHP.
Participants are invited to share work created in any medium — poetry, photography, painting, dance, sculpture, story, musical composition, etc. – by posting submissions on social media, tagging @theumbrellaarts and @MinuteManNPS and using the hashtag #ArtistinYourResidence. Submissions will be accepted June 1 through August 1. From submitted works, The Umbrella will curate a virtual gallery open mid-August through Labor Day.
Participants are encouraged to stay safe while exploring, observe all official guidelines regarding Coronovirus, and follow NPS’ Leave-No-Trace principles.
For inspiring images of MMNHP, sample works, and further details about the two organizations, see TheUmbrellaArts.org/AiYR
The Umbrella Arts Center is a multifunction, nonprofit arts center dedicated to enriching lives and building a vibrant creative community in historic Concord/Metrowest. Its Arts & Environment Program combines a discovery of the arts, a passion for place and nature, and environmental responsibility, including such events at MMNHP as Musketaquid Earth Day Festival and Riverfest & Summer Solstice.
• Minute Man National Historical Park, Erin Whittaker, firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Umbrella Arts Center, Caroline Provost, 978-371-0820 x213, email@example.com