The Umbrella Arts Center

The Umbrella in the Community

Since its founding in 1983, The Umbrella has served as a dynamic community arts center and has significantly enriched the lives of people in and around Concord. The Umbrella’s high-quality programs, teachers, and artists are at the heart of the organization. These offerings and individuals would be excellent in any context, but their value is immeasurably enhanced by their relationships with each other and by their contributions to the community in which the Umbrella is embedded.

Enriching Lives

In addition to offering quality programs, The Umbrella enriches the life of the community by:

  • Nurturing creative expression in people of all ages
  • Fostering a community of artists
  • Building innovative multidisciplinary initiatives
  • Encouraging community organizations and community collaboration

Some of the specific ways that The Umbrella does this are:

  • Offering space in the building (including The Umbrella Theater) for rent to other organizations for their performances and meetings
  • Spearheading the founding of the Concord Arts Collaborative
  • Inviting artists from the larger region to participate in art exhibitions and events such as Winter Market and the Earth Month Exhibit
  • Participating in initiatives coordinated by others in our community, such as the Chamber of Commerce’s Art Walk and events organized by the local Climate Action Network

Creativity, Collaboration, and Community

In 2008, The Umbrella board and staff adopted a statement of values that emphasizes community relationships: Creativity, Collaboration, Community

Creativity

  • We recognize the creative potential in everyone and we believe that the arts are central to realizing this potential.
  • We believe that the creative process fosters self-discovery and expression, providing a powerful means for learning, understanding, communication, and teaching.
  • We believe that the full expression of creativity results in productive and successful individuals who make meaningful contributions to society, increasing the quality of life.

Collaboration

  • A collaborative approach informs everything we do, including our approach to internal management and leadership of the organization, our activities and programs, and our engagement with the community.
  • We respect the diversity of perspectives that individuals and groups bring to the pursuit and achievement of our mission.

Community

  • We are committed to making the arts accessible to all.
  • We believe that our programs and activities strengthen the community and that we, in turn, are strengthened by the community’s participation in and response to our programs.
  • We believe that the arts are central to a vibrant and sustainable community.

Contact Information

40 Stow St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-371-0820

Email

Reviews

Vivian C.   March 27, 2020
(Pre-COVID-19 experience) I headed off towards Concord a little later than planned. Fortunately traffic was smooth that evening and I managed to make it...
Nicole Enlund   March 18, 2020
I've never taken a class or seen this building. I'm leaving this review because in my life I met a man who I later found to be on the board of this organization. He filled a scary time with wonder and song for me and a friend, he gave us a little hope amid current crisises. If this man is a representative of this organization, then I can only say this place must be doing something really right, and really important.
Stephen Murray   March 1, 2020
Beautiful facility. Nice staff. Love the black box theater.
Marco Varlesi   January 30, 2020
This is a very unique and dope.  Definitely must give it a try.  They have a lot of cool things to learn and see!  The staff did a great job of curating the art.
lauren ashlie (gypsy)   January 13, 2020
Great space! Can't wait to see a show downstairs. The smaller upstairs theater is intimate and comfortable.
lauren ashlie   January 13, 2020
Great space! Can't wait to see a show downstairs. The smaller upstairs theater is intimate and comfortable.
Brian M   January 12, 2020
Great venue. Super staff. Terrific performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Easy parking.
Trudy Stewart   November 22, 2019
We saw Fences tonight at the Umbrella. What an engaging play performed by a great team of hard working actors! We also loved the up close and personal experience of the black box.
Sean Dansro   July 18, 2016
So neat are inside and outdoors has plenty of events. I went for the second annual big tiny house festival of which there were multiple houses on display and many vendors of different things. Bonus of live music.
Lauren A.   May 20, 2013
I attended an open gallery at Emerson Umbrella and had a fantastic time. All of the artists were fantastic and nice people. I'd love to sign up for some...