Creative Concord



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. 

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Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit


Capital Arts Fest


Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

COVID-19 relief 


Art in Concord

Visit artist studios October 15-16 in Concord!

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Art on Main, Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Professional sculptors annually submit entries for Art On Main, the City of Concord, NH’s outdoor sculpture exhibit. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce organizes this exhibit through its Creative Concord committee.

In 2018, Creative Concord, the Chamber's standing committee dedicated to Greater Concord's creative economy, partnered with the City of Concord to debut the 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 2021 with Concord's Fourth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The show will run from June 2021 to May 2022 on Main Street. 

Visit our dedicated blog site for more information on the featured 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.   

Here's a glimpse of Concord's 1st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit:



Mural Projects

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is very proud to establish murals with the enthusiastic support of the city of Concord.

Our most recent mural project is in a stairwell off of Storrs Street. We were pleased to support renowned New Hampshire artist, James Chase, to create this project. Special thanks to the mural's generous sponsors: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust , Concord Antiques , Courtyard by Marriot and Grappone Conference Center,  NH Community Development Finance Authority The Rowley Agency, Inc and Company C .

Another Creative Concord mural project is located in the Concord Heights District, and was created 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.

Press coverage:

New sculptures, murals coming to Concord

Concord Heights community mural project to bring city together, celebrate culture

additional MURALS

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. 


Capital Arts Fest

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:

In 2021, the Leage of New Hampshire Craftsmen partnered with the Capitol Center for the Arts and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce to present the 6th Annual Capital Arts Fest. Watch our video below to get a taste of the event or learn more .



Concord welcomes sidewalk performers! Perform live in downtown Concord at one of four locations:

  • The sidewalk at the opening to Eagle Square, by the clock tower
  • The brick alcove on North Main Street next to Merrimack County Savings Bank
  • The plaza between O Restaurant and Red River Theatres
  • The northwest corner of Main and Pleasant Streets

Locations are available on a first come, first serve basis. Accoustic performances only.


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

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.


2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

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 in above paragraph). 

   Report  New Hampshire’s Creative Crossroads: The Concord Creative Economy Plan. June 30, 2008.    


COVID-19 relief

Musicians who have struggled financially, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may apply for funds from New England Musicians Relief Fund . Learn more .


Many organizations driving the area's creative economy:

Presenting arts organizations for the best in live contemporary and classical music and theatre: 

Bank of NH Stage  
Capitol Center for the Arts 

Concord City Auditorium, "The Audi" 
Concord Community Music School 
Hatbox Theatre
The Palace Theatre 
Red River Theatres
Symphony NH

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: 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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