Creative Concord


NH's cultural destination

Creative industries in the Greater Concord area are flourishing and the Capital Region is becoming known as the cultural center of New Hampshire. Through the Chamber's Creative Concord Committee , arts, business and community leaders have joined forces to study and measure the creative economy in our region, and create a long-range, strategic plan and strategies to build and maximize the creative capital of the Greater Concord region. 

To celebrate Concord’s newly revitalized downtown, the committee hosted  Capital Arts Fest  last May. The day-long festival showcased the Capital Region as an arts and cultural destination, with more than 20 complimentary cultural events, including live art and craft demonstrations, musical and theatrical performances, historic walking tours and more happening throughout the day and the Greater Concord community. Visitors who turned the corner at Capital Plaza looked up to see hundreds of colorful umbrellas playfully hanging overhead and reflected in puddles and neighboring office windows. Kimball Jenkins School of Art rolled out its Big Bicycle Project—bicycle-themed sculptures created by community members installed along Main Street for all to enjoy. And internationally-renowned rock opera theatrical performance group  Squonk Opera  traveled from Philadelphia to headline the day's festivities, performing its newest Cycle Sonic act twice at Capital Plaza on Main Street. Press coverage leading up to the Capital Arts Fest included the  Boston Globe .

Art continues to spring up around the city. In October, Kimball Jenkins School of Art installed a 36' tall mural on the historic Ralph Pill Building. It's visible from I-93 at Exit 14 to the delight of passersby and the local teens who made it. The mural isn't the first public art installation created by young artists that's having an impact on the community. In 2016, Kimball Jenkins unveiled the 24' Haley Rae Martin Mural off Main Street adjacent to Phenix Hall. 

1st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Creative Concord continues to seek ways in which to capitalize on this important and growing sector of our economy. The City of Concord is busy planning its First Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in collaboration with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's Creative Concord committee. The exhibit will run from May 2018-April 2019 on Main Street in Concord with details about the opening to follow. Stay tuned! Sculptors, access the entry form here

Link to the Entry Form for City of Concord Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit



UPDATE: 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Report results are in 

Greater Concord is one of four area nonprofit arts and cultural institutions that recently participated in the 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey, organized nationally every five years by the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Americans for the Arts . The study measures the direct economic impact of the institutions and audience spending, which represent only a percentage of the overall creative economy impact. Multipliers such as spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping, etc., are not factored in.

The numbers are impressive and support what Creative Concord, the Chamber's standing committee to advance the creative economy, already knew — the creative sector is one of the fastest-growing segments of our local and regional economy. Not surprising when you consider all of the arts and cultural institutions in the Capital Region, and combine that with all the for profit businesses that use artistic creativity to produce products and services, including graphic and web designers, photographers, architects, writers, etc.

The 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Study reported that total industry expenditures amounted to nearly $31.2 million dollars annually in the Greater Concord region alone — an increase of $13.5 million from the previous study . This new figure is very conservative considering that the entire for-profit creative sector and the ripple effect of local spending were not included. Nonprofit cultural institutions in Greater Concord support more than 950 jobs , generating $22.4 million in household income to local residents. The annual impact to local and state government revenue is $2.8 million .

  Summary of the 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey on Greater Concord (link to the full study above). 


Concord's New Front Door

CLICK HERE to see some ideas to update Concord's image to the world and read Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce President Tim Sink's "The next big thing" blog , where he advocates that redeveloping Concord's untapped opportunity corridor, I-93 through Bow and Concord, would be one of the most transformative actions city leaders can take to showcase a destination city and welcome visitors. 

community support

Concord welcomes sidewalk performers 

Perform live in downtown Concord at one of four locations! Here's the latest information on busking .


And The Concord Main Street Piano Project fills downtown with music: 

Are you an artist interested in downtown housing?
CATCH Neighborhood Housing's Mennino Place is an affordable rental community with a preference for artists. Click HERE for the application.


Many organizations driving the area's creative economy:

Presenting arts organizations for the best in live contemporary and classical music and theatre:
Concord Community Music School
Capitol Center for the Arts
Community Players of Concord
Hatbox Theatre
Red River Theatres
The Palace Theatre
Symphony NH

Check out the Concord Community Music School's video made possible by Heartwood Media's Nonprofit Challenge!

Galleries and venues to view the abundant and diverse work of the area's finest artists:
Kimball Jenkins Art School
Concord Arts Market
League of NH Craftsmen
Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Rowland Studio Gallery
NHTI-Concord's Community College Library Gallery
St. Paul's School Arts Center at Hargate
The Robert M. Larsen Gallery at Sulloway Law Firm
Red River Theatres Gallery
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Gallery at the Audi
The Place Studio and Gallery
New Hampshire State House

Places to enjoy a wide variety of live music around the city:
Concord City Auditorium, "The Audi"
Concord Community Music School
The Barley House
Eagle Square Concert Series
Spotlight Café at the Capitol Center for the Arts
Hermanos Cocina Mexicana
True Brew Barista
Area 23
Makris Lobster & Steak House


Don't miss these annual cultural events:

Concord Multicultural Festival 
Residents from other countries gather once a year at Concord's Multicultural Festival to celebrate their native cultures through music, dance, food, crafts, storytelling and and other interactive and engaging exhibits.

Market Days Festival 
Intown Concord 's three-day, summer street festival is June 21-23 in 2018! Head to Concord to enjoy free fun for all ages! Head Downtown to enjoy live performances, face painting, vendors, performers, exhibitors and more .

SNOB Film Festival
The SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival showcases and supports independent filmmaking. It strives to bring films to the area that local audiences might not otherwise see in a relaxed, fun environment. 

Looking for scenic film locations with close proximity to Boston? New Hampshire has it all .  

Check out these sites for other events and programs: Watch the latest "Arts in Focus" program for an interesting and entertaining look at how the arts are thriving in Concord!

Schools of the Arts:
NHTI, Concord's Community College's Visual Arts Degree Program
Kimball Jenkins Art School
Concord Community Music School
Concord Dance Academy

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