NCAARD will be following all EMSD guidelines put in place by our schools concerning COVID-19. Please use your own level of comfort and caution when deciding to attend current programming. Stay safe and healthy, New Concord!

Our Mission: Engage…Inspire…Educate

Welcome to the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District (NCAARD) page! Through the support of the Village of New Concord, Muskingum University, and the East Muskingum School District, NCAARD proudly offers activities, programs, and events to serve the Village and surrounding communities. We strive to bring rich and diverse programming in arts and recreation to engage, inspire, and educate people of all ages.

*To register for programs, please complete the NCAARD registration form.

*DONATE to NCAARD using our DONATE button. 100% of your donation will go towards NCAARD programming! Thank you!

Fall in love with N.C.

It’s officially fall … and time again for our Fall in <3 with N.C. exhibit. This year, enjoy our pumpkin display in front of local businesses down the Main Street Mile! These pumpkins were painted by kids in the East Muskingum School District, as well as preschoolers, senior citizens, and community members!

Thank you to Cater-Mallett and 2 donors who would like to remain anonymous for the huge donation of pumpkins! Special thank you to Stacey Crosson for creating and donating 15 signs to highlight our exhibit to be used annually! The display will officially run from Oct. 8-24, so make sure to get out to walk the Main Street Mile when you can!

Thank you to our judges – EMSD Superintendent Dave Adams, New Concord Mayor Jennifer Lyle, and Muskingum University President Sue Hasseler!

Congrats to our contest winners!

Best Design – Brooklyn Marple
Muskie Pride – Koby Bradley
Most Creative – Ty Caudill
Mayor’s Pick – Chelsea Redman
President’s Pick – Garret Helser
Superintendent’s Pick – Easton Gearhart

NCAP Nightcap!

Support the pool with your attendance at our NCAP Nightcap dinner and wine-tasting event at Terra Cotta, Friday, October 29, from 6-8 PM. Reservations are limited to the first 40 people due to space restrictions. Cost is $50 / person and includes dinner, wine-tasting, and a raffle ticket for our grand prize!

Raffle tickets are also available at Village Hall (and at the event) for $5 each. You do NOT need to attend to win!

Grand prize: 2022 Family Season Pass (for 3-5 people) to the New Concord Area Pool, reserved seat at the NCAP, pool bag, towels, and water bottles!

Register online and pay via PayPal!

After School with NCAARD!

NCAARD is offering numerous after-school programs and volunteer opportunities this fall for each of our schools! Flyers will be going home with students K-5 and available in the EMMS front office beginning Sept. 1. Volunteer opportunities are also being advertised at JGHS! Registration ends 2 days prior to the start date of each program!

Click on the links below for the full lineup:

Elementary After-school Fall 2021

LMIS After-school Flyer Fall 2021

EMMS After-school Fall 2021

Volunteers needed for Homework Help

After-School Volunteer Opportunities 2021 Fall

Beginning Guitar Lessons

Ever thought about learning to play? Sign up for group guitar lessons – zero experience needed! Brian Fulk will lead the group through some basic instruction to learn to play the guitar!

Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 6 – 7 PM

Location: EMMS

Cost: Just $20 for 4-week class!

Must bring own guitar!

Registration has closed for this program as we are full!

Jewelry-making Class

Just in time for the holidays! Here’s your chance to make your very own jewelry. Join Meri Linn McCollum as she helps you create something special. Keep for yourself or give as a wonderful handmade gift for someone!

Choose between a 25 mm or 30 mm round glass cabochon pendant necklace including your choice of silver chain or black cowhide chain. Check out available styles here:

Dates/Times: Tuesday, Nov. 9, and/or Sunday, Nov. 14, from 6-7 PM.  You are welcome to come to one or both sessions, just make sure to pre-register using the link to the right.  Please include your pendant choice(s) as well!
Ages: 10 and up
Location: Village Hall basement, New Concord
Cost: $10 / person for 1 piece of jewelry    $15 / person for 2 pieces of jewelry.

Registration open through Nov. 7 or until we hit our limit of 10!

NCAARD Fitness

Yoga Classes!

Join Megyen Green for LIVE yoga class Wednesdays at 7 PM in the College Drive Presbyterian Church! Congrats to Marcia Hartman, our winner of a new yoga mat and yoga pose dice!

Want to stay home for class? Live classes are available via Zoom, too!

Meeting ID 873 0264 2169

Passcode 0000

Classes are $8 ($5 for students ages 14 and above) or purchase an “N-caard” for $30 for 5 classes or $50 for 10 classes. Click the “Donate here!” or “Register here!” button to purchase your N-caard today!

POUND Classes!

Join Gretchen Combs for LIVE POUND class Thursdays at 5:30 PM outside The United Methodist Church (20 E. High St.)! Once the weather breaks, we will move inside the church to work out in their newly renovated multipurpose room. Participate in our September classes to gain entries for our grand prize – a new lime green exercise mat and matching water bottle!

We will be shifting to 5 and 10-week sessions for POUND class beginning in October. Register for Fall Session I – 5 weeks, Fall Session II – 5 weeks, or both – 10 weeks.

Registration open!

Fall Session I: 5-week session meets Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Nov. 4   $30

Fall Session II: 5-week session meets Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16  $30

Both sessions: 10-week session meets Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16  $50

Drop-ins welcome – $8 / class

*Make-up class will be given should NCAARD need to cancel a class for any reason.

Pay online via PayPal or bring the first night of your session!

23+ Volleyball

Jump! Set! Pass! Spike! We are offering a 5-week volleyball session meeting Wednesdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 10 from 7-9 PM at LMIS!

Cost: $8 for 5 dates

Please make sure to register ASAP as we need a minimum of 6 players to play!


Step & Tone

Join Gretchen Combs for a live 5-week STEP AEROBICS & TONING class Friday after work October 22 – November 19 from 5 – 6 PM! Class meets at The United Methodist Church Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, and 19.

Cost: $25 for the 5-week session!

Register now! Pay via Pay Pal or bring first night, Oct. 22!

Recently completed programs

Enchanted Forest Walk

Take a stroll through the N.C. Reservoir Enchanted Forest Oct. 1-10 and enjoy a scavenger hunt as you check out some special fairy homes. Keep your eyes peeled – you might catch a glimpse of these mystical creatures!

Many thanks to Elizabeth Carter and her Girl Scout Troop 8101 for bringing our Enchanted Forest to life! The troop supplied our accessories, helped to run the after-school programs, and arranged the fairy houses at the N.C. Reservoir!

Additional thank you to Meredith Brown and her Girl Scout Troop 8210 for painting the beautiful mural welcome sign at the entrance of the Enchanted Forest!

Aces Tennis Academy

Led by Brian Moffatt and Muskingum University Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Jessie Tharp, along with Muskingum University Women’s Tennis players, the Aces Tennis Academy is for kids grades K-8!

Dates: Sept. 13, 20, 27

Time: 5 – 6:30 PM

Location: Cambridge City Park

Cost: $50 – includes t-shirt – payment taken on first night!

Registration open through Sept. 11 – please include t-shirt size. Bring your own racquet and water and wear active clothing and shoes!

Move-it Mondays – Water Workouts!

New 2-session mini-class sessions at the NCAP led by Mary Beth Caudill!

When: Mondays, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 (rescheduled from Aug. 16)

Time: 6:00-6:45 PM

Location: New Concord Area Pool

Cost: $6 / class or 2 for $10

Pre-registration required!

Contact Us

Mary Beth Caudill, Program Director (image and short bio)
Email the Program Director:
Phone: (740) 291-7274
Mailing Address: 4 Comin St
New Concord, OH 43762