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Contact: Erin Whittaker
Release Code: 20-04
Concord, MA – Minute Man National Historical Park with the Umbrella Arts Center announces the Artist-in-Your-Residence Call for Art, A virtual public art exhibition from June 1 through September 7, 2020.
“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
National Parks are certainly places of great natural beauty where one can find healing and solace, but they are also where we can learn about culture and history and connect with our shared human experience. In this unprecedented time, when so many of us are isolated and may not be able to visit our favorite trail, museum or historic site, it’s going to take some creativity to make that connection. That’s why Minute Man National Historical Park and The Umbrella Arts Center are calling on all of you to create art inspired by your experiences in the park -- share what speaks/spoke to you: a connection to the park’s natural beauty, a particular spot/historical marker, a story of present or past events. We’re calling the initiative “Artist-in-Your-Residence.”
For many years, National Parks, including Minute Man, have welcomed professional artists through the gates to seek inspiration and create works for the benefit and enjoyment of the public through the Artist-in-Residence program. Because this year is different, and many parks or park facilities are closed, we want to try this variation of the program with all of you… because we still need art and we still need inspiration and we still need each other.
With the Artist-in-Your-Residence program we invite you to use any medium -- poetry, photography, painting, dance, sculpture, story, musical composition, etc. -- to create a work of art inspired by Minute Man National Historical Park. Post images and videos of your creations on social media (preferably facebook and/or instagram) with the hashtag #ArtistinYourResidence and make sure you tag both @MinuteManNPS and @theumbrellaarts. Don’t forget to include a sentence or two about what inspired your artwork, a little bit about the process for creating it, and who you are and where you’re from. We will re-post and share your pieces on social media, as well as host as many of them as we can in the “Artist-in-Your Residence” gallery on The Umbrella Arts Center website!
For details on the gallery, or some inspiration and examples, please check out these links:
https://theumbrellaarts.org/program/earth-day to show the wide range of format possibilities, or else some of the ArtCloud gallery shows.
Learn about Minute Man National Historical Park: https://www.nps.gov/MIMA.
Find Photos and images of the park: https://www.nps.gov/media/multimedia-search.htm#sort=score+desc&q=%22Minute+Man+National+Historical+Park%22
Learn about the Artist-in-Residence program: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/air.htm
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Last updated: June 2, 2020