Go Out Doors: Neighbors 2021

The Umbrella Arts Center

Entry Deadline: Jun. 19

40 Stow St.
Concord, MA 01742
PHONE 978 371-0820


Mission: “Go Out Doors” inspires discovery and exploration of outdoors spaces and trails, and the intersection/action of place, community, spirit, and nature.

What happens if you open the door and step outside? What happens if the opportunity to engage presents itself? What might we discover if, on foot or wheel, we find ourselves on a path through the woods – hidden from the roads we travel daily? What happens if we leave our electronics behind and find that steps from the front door a sensory world awaits? What happens if we walk and bike daily to and from school and work? Or just for fun? What might we feel? What might change? How can we, as artists, draw more people outside to the pathway?

Originally inspired by the En Plein Air door installation on NYC’s High Line, Go Out Doors – Neighbors expands on a summer 2020 installation celebrating the opening of The West Concord section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Additional “Go Out Doors” projects were later commissioned and previewed last fall in neighboring Concord Center, and the towns of Arlington and Lexington, with several more towns planning to join a much-extended, collaborative multitown celebration of outdoors art and healthful outdoors activities as the region re-emerges from Covid isolation.

We invite you to submit a proposal to paint a door for a temporary 2021 summer art installation. We seek images that depict nature, or an activity (solo or with friends) on a recreational trail, or interacting with nature while out on the trail. We seek inspiration, whimsy, irony, reflection, connection, curiosity, spirituality, and/or joy.

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