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
  • Inviting artists from the larger region to participate in art exhibitions and events such as Winter Market, Musketaquid Earth Day Parade, Art Ramble, Summer and Winter Solstice Celebrations, and many more! 
  • Participating in initiatives coordinated by others in our community, such as the Chamber of Commerce’s Art Walk, Concord Festival of Authors, Concord Center Cultural District, 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.

Image contributors: Pierre Chiha, Gillian Gordon, Ron Mann, Jim Sabitus, Marian Stanton, Greg Ciccarelli,  David Rosen, Robert Bicknell, Nicholas Warchol

Contact Information

40 Stow St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-371-0820

Email

Reviews

Rita Weisner   May 18, 2024
I am an usher. The Umbrella is an art center with multiple artists working and showing their incredible pieces The stage is perfect and many shows play there. It's a wonderful building to see shows. You can easily see the show from any seat in the beautiful theater. Parking is easy
Amanda Nurse   March 29, 2024
We’ve done the February Break art camp and open studio sessions- it’s an amazing art facility. So many great classes and performances offered!
GreenTea   March 25, 2024
Got to observe oil painting artist Jean Lightman's one hour demo. Thanks! The art center has beautiful studios.
Melissa U   March 22, 2024
Saw a Fantastic show "The Minutes" at the Umbrella Art Center. A Great space to see a show and Wonderful performance! My father is hard if hearing and they had in the ear or over the ear hearing devices, which made his experience so much more enjoyable.
Danielle L   December 30, 2023
I've both seen a show and played a few concerts at the UAC and my experience was excellent both times! Both the black box theater and the full auditorium-style theater are great, and as a performer I loved the large green room and attached restrooms.
Tom Matthews   December 18, 2023
As a local Concord resident, I feel so grateful to such a fantastic art center. This past weekend the Umbrella hosted The Holiday Pops Concert and often get great performers and plays. In additional to the performance center they still have studio spaces for artists and classes for both adults and kids. Great all-around community space.
Richard Winter   December 4, 2023
Very nice craft fair. High quality, local artists. Excellent venue for holiday gifts. Nice people, delightful experience. Even a pleasant cafe with coffee and good bakery items.
Lori LeDuc-Smith   November 12, 2023
We visited to see a performance of Lizzie. Prior to this, I had never heard of this theater. What a small, local gem! The theater was very clean and well maintained. Good sized ladies' room for a small theater. Concessions were very reasonably priced. Staff was friendly and helpful. They even had fun Instagram photo ops. I now follow the theater to watch for future productions.
Kimberley Beaudet   October 21, 2023
1 person show in the Black Box. Very comfortable. Lots of parking.
Vanni Bucci   August 8, 2023
Great art classes for adults and kids. They host many events including concerts. Art summer camps for kids are really fun
Robert A.   August 3, 2023
I saw John Mayer perform here over the summer and everything about this venue was perfect. From the reception outside for VIPs, to the lobby while we waited...
Jess D   June 10, 2023
We saw The Color Purple here in May 2023. I was absolutely blown away by the production value and talent I saw that night. The theater is gorgeous and comfortable, as well. The staff are extremely helpful. I got to check out the exhibits that evening, and they were very cool and displayed well! Seeing the classrooms was cool, too. What a wonderful place to learn, collaborate, and express!
Cyril Kweifio Okai   May 30, 2023
Great place. Saw the Color Purple Musical. Unbelievably entertaining! The rendition and interpretation was a pleasant surprise. Everyone should see it. Second time at the Umbrella. First was many years ago. Nice clean and relaxing environment. Easy in, easy out. Top class facility. A little more parking space will be nice tho. Still a 5-star operation.
William Frantz   March 19, 2023
Great open studio event with live music.
Jeannine M.   December 5, 2022
I've seen a show here, visited their art gallery and attended their spectacular Wintermarket...all excellent. Easy to get to, adjacent free parking and...
Sara Belmont   November 30, 2022
We recently attended "Rent" at The Umbrella Arts Center. It was PHENOMENAL from start to finish! The theater is beautiful, the set was amazing, and the talent on that stage simply blew us away. We will most certainly be back for another show!!
Brian Twitchell   November 11, 2022
Building is beautiful and seems recently renovated inside. Went to a panel of ceramics artists in the black box theater. It was a nice space and reasonably comfortable chairs. I didn't look at what other programs or classes they have, but it looked like they have some nice facilities.
Tina Bates   October 12, 2022
A really cool place to go see a play or a concert, not a bad seat in the house! And during intermission or before the show wander around and enjoy the amazing artwork!
Shaan H. Khan   October 5, 2022
A beautiful center in the historic town of Concord, providing a lot of activities for kids and adults alike. I happened to visit an exhibition celebrating Barefoot Books 30 years in Publishing and thoroughly enjoyed the space and the exhibition.
Betsy Olsson-Mackowski   October 5, 2022
We saw Dracula in the Black Box Theater. Opening night! It was great! Sara Jones who played Renfield was especially spectacular! We only wished there was a bit more revenge...
Ricardo   August 22, 2022
Unbelievable place and resource if you're looking to learn / refine / develop your artistic skills.
Bob Gregor   May 28, 2022
Great community space, amazing teachers, and the ceramics studio is top notch. Zach keeps things very well maintained, and the students/space participants help keep the ceramics studio in top shape. Highly recommended!
Michael Rundlett   May 23, 2022
Not a bad seat in the theater. A lovely place with affordable live performances
Rose Ducharme   February 27, 2022
The Umbrella always has some good classes for the budding artist in you. Camps from Kindergarten and up. They also have professional artists that use the building as their hone base.
Paul Gibula   November 15, 2021
Great new theater.
Matt Regan   October 17, 2021
With great dedication to the arts, studio spaces, classes, a gorgeous theater, and really lovely staff, what more could you need?
Blythe Brown   September 14, 2021
very nice
AVA Life In Bytes   May 13, 2021
Went here to volunteer. Staff is helpful, kind, friendly and overall a very enjoyable place for viewing and making art.
Elif Asar   January 16, 2021
Small but an amazing exhibit. Free of charge. Due to covid you need to sign in and sign out when you enter and exit the exhibit. Their website mentions that you need to book a time slot to be admitted. We were the only people in the exhibit and felt safe during the covid times. Ample free parking.
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...