For nearly a century, Concord Art has had at the heart of its mission community engagement. Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Concord Art’s founder, artist, philanthropist spearheaded this focus when World War I broke and she felt a deep sense of responsibility to do her part. “Paris and Rome taught me [art] and I tried to pay the debt.”
Today, we not only present exhibits that engage the community with contemporary art, we have educational outreach that encompasses visual art classes for adults and teens, professional development workshops and on-site art demonstrations, curated tours and artist talks centered on respective shows, and regional and art-centered travel.
We also collaborate with the three high schools in Concord to create a community-based curatorial program, and are building an art program in conjunction with a neighborhood social service organization.
We also enjoy teaching our youngest community members the basics about visiting an art gallery!
Most recently, we partnered with The Umbrella as the Visual Arts Series of Concord to offer an exciting series of public community art events throughout the year. The Visual Arts Series also initiated the first annual Winter ARTS Festival in 2015, which features special events hosted by six arts organization as well as the Concord Chamber of Commerce.