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!

Volunteering and Leading with NCAARD

Register to volunteer and/or bring your ideas to lead a program! Click here!

Volunteering with NCAARD

After School with NCAARD

All programs have completed for the 2021-2022 academic year. Stay tuned for more After School with NCAARD programs next fall!


Community Events

Splash Attack!

Get ready to celebrate the end of the school year, beginning of summer, and the NCAP opening! Splash Attack 2022 is Tuesday, May 31, between 4-6 PM!

Thank you to the NC Fire Dept. and Police Dept. for continuing our 3rd annual Splash Attack tradition! We have enough interest for them to make 4 stops! At this point, you do NOT need to preregister. Just SHOW UP at 1 of the 4 stops to have some fun! Bring your squirt guns to spray the firefighters and police officers, too!

4:00 PM Stop 1: Colonial Hts. (61320 Heritage Court)

4:30 PM Stop 2: New Concord Elementary Park

5:00 PM Stop 3: Westview alley near Garfield

5:30 PM Stop 4: New Concord Area Pool

Kayak on the Reservoir

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26, from 4-6 PM for a late afternoon on the reservoir. Bring your own kayak and life vest or we will provide. Brief instruction begins at 4 before we launch into the water. Cost is free, but please register online so we know how many kayaks and life jackets we will need. Thank you and hope you can join in.

Outdoor Movie in the Park

Join us Friday night, July 8, in Village Park for a free showing of Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Special thank you to our New Concord Area Board of Trade for sponsoring our movie. Festivities will begin at twilight – a little after 9 PM! Donations appreciated!

Quarter BINGO at the Fireman’s Festival

B-I-N-G-O! Make sure to stop by the NCAARD tent at the Fireman’s Festival July 9 between 2-6 PM for Quarter BINGO! Spin the wheel for prizes!

Girl Scout Outreach Backpack Program

NCAARD has partnered with the Girl Scout Outreach program to offer a FREE Girl Scout Backpack Program for girls ages K-3! This program gives an exclusive opportunity to participate in the fun and interactive activities that include learning about Girl Scouts, hands-on science projects, getting outdoors, and practicing empathy, kindness and girl empowerment. Supplies and snacks are included.

Dates: July 18-20

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM

Location: New Concord Reservoir

To participate in the program, please register through NCAARD ASAP! We need at least 10 participants to hold this program!

New Concord Blooms

I hope you will take a stroll through town to see our New Concord Blooms exhibit May 2-15! Colorful painted wooden butterflies will be on display in front of our local businesses along the Main Street Mile. Exhibit includes artwork by kids from 2 preschools (Friendship & MUCCD), 3 elementary schools (NC, Perry, Pike), LMIS, EMMS, and JGHS. Additionally, students from MU and adults in the community participated as well as residents of Evergreen Village and The Beckett House! In all, 120 butterflies will be on display through May 15.

Our village will be clean from our Let’s Pick It Up New Concord “Renew in ’22” campaign, held April 22-30! Immediately following this event, we would like to take the next step – from “de-littering”… to the enhanced beautification of our village May 1-15! We hope you will help us tie in our New Concord Blooms exhibit with a community-wide spruce up the first two weeks of May. Our school parent organizations, businesses, and other local organizations are scheduling yearly maintenance of their grounds during this time. You can be a part by joining in at your own home! Perhaps use this time to plant flowers, spruce up your lawn, mulch, and/or complete any other maintenance or upgrades you are planning at home! Post pics on our Facebook page as you help our village shine!



Group Guitar Lessons

Ever thought about learning to play the guitar? Sign up for group guitar lessons – zero experience needed! Brian Fulks will lead small group classes (limit 6 people) through some basic instruction to learn to play the guitar!

Dates: Mondays in May (May 2, 9, 16, and 23) from 6-6:30 PM

*Registration is closed! Class is full!

Location: EMMS

Cost: Just $20 for 4-week class!

Must bring own guitar!


NCAARD Fitness

POUND Classes

Registration for Summer POUND Sessions is now open! Join certified POUND instructor, Gretchen Combs, Thursdays at 5:30 PM inside The United Methodist Church (20 E. High St.).

Summer Session I: 5-week session meets June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  $30

Summer Session II: 5-week session meets July 7, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11  $30

Full Summer Session: 10-week session meets June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11  $50

Drop-ins welcome – $8 / class

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

Turn It Up Tuesdays!

Add on to your Thursday evening POUND sessions with POUND in the AM, Tuesdays in June!

Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: United Methodist Church

Cost: $25 for 4-week session (stand alone session) OR just $20 as an “add-on” for those registered for a Thursday evening summer session!

FREE POUND class as part of the New Concord Branch Library summer programming!

As part of a collaboration with the New Concord branch library, please register online for our FREE POUND class! Space is limited!

Date: May 24

Time: 6-6:45 PM

Location: New Concord Library

Age recommendation: 14 to adult

FREE Generation POUND class as part of the New Concord Branch Library summer programming!

As part of a collaboration with the New Concord branch library, please register online for our FREE Generation POUND class! Space is limited!

Date: May 31

Time: 6-6:45 PM

Location: New Concord Library

Age recommendation: 8-13

Move-it Mondays!

Get your day – and week – off to a great start with Monday morning yoga! Join certified yoga instructor, Amy Kiraly, for live yoga class to get yourself motivated and energized as we start each week. Class meets from 9:15-10 AM at the United Methodist Church, so drop off the kids and head on over to get your body moving!

This will be the last session until fall!

April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23) $25 or $8 drop-in session rate

Pay the first morning or via PayPal!

In-Person Evening Yoga Session!

Join certified yoga instructor, Megyen Green, for in-person yoga classes, Wednesdays at 7 PM! This 5-week session will be held Wednesdays in May and the 1st Wednesday in June (May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1)!

Cost for this 5-week session is $25! N-Caards are welcome as well!

Drop-ins are $8 ($5 for students ages 14 and above) Click the “Register here!” button to register! Bring payment first class!

Yoga in the Park

Outdoor yoga sessions with Megyen Green are back! Join us Wednesdays at 7 PM in the Village Park (next to Village Hall).

Choose from two 5-week sessions or the full 10-week summer session.

Yoga Session I: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 $30

Yoga Session II: July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17 $30

Full Summer Session: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17 $50

N-Caards are welcome as well!

Drop-in rate is $8/class ($5 for students ages 14 and above)

Click the “Register here!” button to register! Bring payment first class!

Core and More!

New Fitness Friday class! Gretchen Combs will lead us through core strengthening exercises as well as general strengthening for your total body in this 45-minute course.

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 5 PM

Location: Muskingum University Chess Center

Cost: $20 for 4-week session

Adult Open Sand Volleyball

Jump! Set! Pass! Spike! Join in the fun this summer at the sand volleyball court located at the New Concord Area Pool for this 5-week volleyball session meeting Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 from 7-9 PM!

Cost: $5 for 5 dates

Registration required!

Drop-ins welcome $2 / session

Move-it Monday Morning Playground Boot Camp

Bring your kids to the New Concord Elementary playground while YOU get a workout! You’ll be able to keep an eye on your child(ren) while Mary Beth Caudill leads this 3-week Playground Workout July 11, 18, and 25 at 8:30 AM! We will use equipment, body weight, and YOUR KIDS for this strength-training and HIIT workout! Register ASAP as we need at least 5 participants to hold the class. Cost $15.

Recently completed programs

Chinese Cooking Class

Spend an evening with Min and Walter Huber as they teach us how to prepare some authentic Asian dishes. We will see demonstrations as well as help to prepare 4 Chinese meals to share. All recipes and ingredients are included in the price of the class and are yours to keep.

Registration is closed.

Dates: May 11 AND May 17 – BOTH CLASSES ARE FULL!

Time: 6 – 8 (possibly 8:30) PM

Location: JGHS Food Science room (room 217)

Cost: $45 / single or $65 / couple as you will share ingredients

Let’s Pick It Up New Concord

Thank you to the over 200 community members who helped with this year’s Let’s Pick It Up New Concord annual event! We took our litter pickup to all new heights with 222 community cleanup hours reported! Our village is reawakening as we all “Renew in ’22!”

Thank you again to our many donors! Vests, grabbers, trash bags, and gloves were donated by the Village of New Concord, along with the former Lion’s Club of NC.

T-shirt pickup for those who helped to clean our village is Monday, May 2, from 5-6 PM in the NCAARD office parking lot! Thank you to the following local businesses for their generous donations to help cover the cost of our t-shirts!

Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative

Park National Bank

Shirley K’s Totes and Trays

The Community Bank

Vascura Chiropractic

Wally’s Pizza

Wootton Chiropractic

Crafty Tuesdays!

Join us the last Tuesday evening of the month in the Village Hall lower level for Crafty Tuesdays – January – blankets, February – snowmen, March – leather bracelets, April – pour painted wooden butterfly!

April – Wooden Butterfly Pour Painting

This class is now closed! Thank you for your interest! Stay tuned for future craft classes!

Join Julie Metry Tuesday, April 26, from 6-7 PM as she shows us the art of pour painting! Your colorful wooden butterfly will be part of our New Concord Blooms community exhibit in front of local businesses! Class will be held in the Village Hall and is limited due to spacing, so please register ASAP.

Cost: We gladly accept donations to cover costs of materials. : ) Thank you!

Register online!

*Alert! We will be making these as part of our Activity Clubs at the 3 elementary schools, LMIS, and EMMS! Additionally, both Friendship Preschool and MUCCD preschools will be participating as well as residents of the Beckett House and Evergreen Village.

THIS special class April 26 is for those high school students, adults in the community … or kids who are unable to attend these other programs!

Contact Us

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