We are committed to bringing our performances beyond our theatre walls to our entire community and to ensuring that all members of our community feel welcomed and valued when attending shows and events at the Chubb Theatre or the Bank of NH Stage. This work is not a means to an end, it is never ‘done’, and it is embedded in our mission and values as we work with our neighbors to create opportunities to engage in the performing arts for all members of the community. We have entered into this work through partnerships and collaborations with several Concord-area organizations including:
- Overcomers Refugee Services
- Project S.T.O.R.Y.
- Change for Concord
- Cowasuck Band of the Abenaki
- Concord Multicultural Festival
- Concord’s Local Hindu Community
- Concord PRIDE
Current and future projects include:
- Donated use of the Bank of NH Stage for community events such as the New Americans Got Talent Show, and upcoming Hindu Holiday Celebrations.
- A Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, working with newly arrived or marginalized community members who want to start a culinary business. This program allows these new entrepreneurs to build their food business in a low-risk way using the CCA’s two commercial kitchens. The first Culinary Artist-in-Residence is Batulo’s Kitchen, run by beloved local food vendor Batulo Mahamed, who specializes in Somali meat pies. In addition to growing her customer base and launching her business, Batulo’s delicacies will be sold at CCA and Bank of NH Stage concession stands throughout her residency.
- Priority access to complimentary tickets to summer and school-year education series for to local groups like Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Head Start, and New American organizations.
- Free concerts at city events such as Market Days Festival and Capital Arts Fest, providing residents with the opportunity to enjoy headlining bands in a community setting.
- A land acknowledgement video featuring leaders of the Cowasuck Band of the Abenaki.
Land Acknowledgement Videos
- A planned concert series in Concord’s ‘Heights’ neighborhood, the most diverse neighborhood in all of New Hampshire per the 2020 US Census. With a rich community of New Americans – former refugees who resettled here from countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran – continuing a long history and tradition of international populations coming to our communities. By bringing live performance directly to this neighborhood we remove barriers to access such as cost and transportation and extend a welcoming hand to our new community members, building critical relationships, inviting them to engage in our work in their own neighborhoods and, beyond that, in our two performance venues.
- A future collaboration with the Concord Multicultural Festival to produce a series of events focusing on a specific country and featuring the food, music and culture of that region presented by community members and local artists of diverse heritage.