Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live - not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
Creative industries in the Greater Concord area are flourishing and the Capital region has emerged as New Hampshire's cultural center. 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.
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is very proud to sponsor a new mural up in the Concord Heights District with the generous support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation . This highly anticipated public art project was created by the community, for the community! Concord's newest outdoor mural expanded Creative Concord's public art initiative to new areas of the City and is a symbol of what can happen when community members collaborate on a project for everyone. Look for the mural at Arnie's Place, 164 Loudon Road in Concord.
Art continues to spring up around the city. Kimball Jenkins School of Art worked with local students to install 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. This 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.
In 2018, Creative Concord partnered with the City of Concord to debut the City's first Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit . Art on Main is a 24/7, open-air, year round outdoor art exhibition featuring numerous works by professional artists from the New England area — and it's free for all to enjoy. After receiving a wonderful response to the first exhibit from both community members and visitors, Art on Main continues in 2019 with Concord's Second Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The show will run from May 2019 to May 2020 on Main Street with several new sculpture installations and the continued lease of some favorites. Visit our dedicated blog site for more information on the artists, sculptures and pricing — that's right, every sculpture featured in the exhibit is also available for purchase. The City of Concord will receive a 30% commission on any work sold to be placed into a dedicated fund towards the purchase of permanent public art in Concord.
To celebrate Concord’s newly revitalized downtown, the Chamber's Creative Concord committee hosted Capital Arts Fest in May of 2017. 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 in collaboration with local artist Pam Tarbell 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 Capitol Plaza on Main Street. Press coverage leading up to the Capital Arts Fest included the Boston Globe .
Capital Arts Fest continued in Fall of 2018 under the skilled leadership of League of New Hampshire Craftsmen . The three-day autumn street festival featured work and demonstrations by juried artisans:
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will host the 4th Annual Capital Arts Fest in Concord outside of League headquarters in autumn 2020 . The multi-day festival is free to attend and features the work of selected League juried members along with invited artists. Stroll Concord's Main Street and shop one-of-a-kind craft work made by skilled artisans during peak fall foliage season!
Book a place to stay within walking distance of the festival or tucked into one of Concord's charming surrounding communities now so you can enjoy a long weekend in the Capital City. Reserve a table at one of Greater Concord's outstanding dining choices and enjoy tax-free shopping ahead of the holiday season.
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).
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.
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:
Presenting arts organizations for the best in live contemporary and classical music and theatre:
Check out the Concord Community Music School's video made possible by Heartwood Media's Nonprofit Challenge!
Galleries and venues to experience original art created by local, regional and national artists:
Concord Arts Market
Gallery at Concord City Auditorium, "The Audi"
Currier Museum of Art
Kimball Jenkins Art School
League of NH Craftsmen
New Hampshire Art Association Galleries
New Hampshire Furniture Masters Gallery
New Hampshire State House
NHTI-Concord's Community College Library Gallery
The Place Studio and Gallery
Red River Theatres Gallery
The Crumpacker Gallery at St. Paul's School
The Robert M. Larsen Gallery at Sulloway Law Firm
Places to enjoy a wide variety of live music around the city:
Concord is a fantastic place to enjoy bands and local performers! Get a detailed list of venues that host live music on our Music, Arts and Culture web page .
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 free fun for all ages! Head Downtown to enjoy street vendors, local food, live performances, kids activities, craft beer tent, 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:
www.yourconcordtv.org 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:
Concord Community Music School
Concord Dance Academy
Kimball Jenkins Art School
New England College's graduate and undergraduate programs in art, design, theatre and writing
NHTI, Concord's Community College's Visual Arts Degree Program
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