Published: 05/25/2022 16:18:25
The Creative Concord Committee of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work. Originally created to analyze the impact of cultural institutions on the local economy, this group of dedicated volunteers has undertaken multiple projects that have beautified the city and connected our community through the arts. Immediately following the Main Street renovation in 2018, this committee partnered with the City of Concord to create Art on Main – an annual outdoor sculpture exhibit downtown. The Chamber is proud to announce new additions to this community exhibit, as well as other exciting art projects taking place this spring.
Art on Main will add several new sculptures to Main Street, but will also keep some local favorites on display. The committee also hopes to place new pieces in locations outside of downtown, such as the Heights and Penacook. All artwork was created by professional New England artists and is designed to withstand all kinds of weather conditions, making this art initiative a free year-round experience for everyone. Keep an eye out for a bright yellow “Cotyledon” sculpture by David Boyagian – a dynamic abstract piece of metal, inspired by nature – as well as other eye-catching artwork.
In late May, a new light mural will also be added to the landscape of downtown Concord. New Hampshire artist James Chase, well known for creating colorful geometric murals all over New England, creates a similar piece in Concord. This new mural is located in a stairwell that connects North Main and Storrs streets, adjacent to Loudon Road. With the help of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and many generous sponsors – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Concord Antiques, The Duprey Companies, NH Community Development Finance Authority, The Rowley Agency, Inc. and Company C – this project adds of life to a rough concrete wall that serves as a key pedestrian walkway.
Another vibrant mural, coming to Keach Park in June, will add beauty and a message of inclusivity to another area of the city. On Saturday, June 25, Overcomers Refugee Services – a Concord nonprofit that empowers refugees to succeed and contribute to NH society – is hosting a special event called Umuganda. Umuganda means “coming together for a common purpose to achieve a result” in Kinyarwanda, and is a monthly practice for Rwandans to come together and beautify their communities. This event includes painting a mural, planting a pollinator garden, cleaning up the park, and dancing, music, and food that celebrates Concord’s new American communities. All are invited to participate in this fun community event and help paint a dynamic mural designed by New Hampshire artist Jozimar Matimano with the help of New Americans from the Heights community. Concord art lovers may be familiar with Matimano’s powerful work, which was recently exhibited at Kimball Jenkins, Inc. in an exhibition titled “Finding Home, Portraits Memories & Art of Immigrants.” The mural, which will be painted on the side of a storage building in the park, will feature images of plants from around the world, sports and musical symbols, and portraits of various children in an outline of the United States.
The Greater Concord community is also invited to celebrate the arts later this summer at Capital Arts Fest. Hosted by the League of NH Craftsmen, Capitol Center for the Arts, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and Intown Concord, this annual event includes a juried craft fair and live music in downtown Concord from Saturday, September 24 to Sunday September 24. 25. Arts organizations across the city are invited to participate in this great celebration of art, music, theater and community in the capital. For more information, go to visitconcord-nh.com/capital-arts-fest. If your organization is interested in participating in the event, contact Emily Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, Concord’s arts community has flourished and brought new venues, public art and vibrant festivals to the capital. The Chamber is thrilled to see these initiatives grow thanks to the hard work of volunteers from Creative Concord and countless organizations who work tirelessly to showcase the art and culture of our community. Visitors and residents are invited to support this momentum by attending artistic performances, volunteering at community events, buying from local artists and telling others about the beauty of NH’s capital.
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Incorporated in 1919, the New Hampshire State Capital Chamber of Commerce — the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce — develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and improves the quality of life in the capital region.