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Music and The Arts

A focus to bring contemporary art to the Village through dance, theatre, visual arts, and music performances.


Birdie, the first holiday “Entertainment” produced at the Village in nearly 90 years, was presented as part of the “Merry Merry Canterbury” festivities in December 2021. Dance-Artist-In-Residence Lorraine Chapman created the dance-driven theatrical production after diving into the Village’s rich archives. 

Inspired by the story of Alberta MacMillan Kirkpatrick, the last girl raised by the Canterbury Shakers, Chapman’s work reflects the simple gift of immeasurable kindness that filled the young orphan’s heart with love and hope. 

Music on the Green

Sundays in the Summer  |  4:00–5:00pm

2024 Concert Series: July + August

Pack a picnic, bring a chair, and enjoy a series of outdoor concerts on the Meeting House Green.  All types of music for all ages. Suggested donation of $20 per person. Parking is behind the barn as per the signs. 

Learn more. 


Summer Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program

The Artist in Residence program brings together contemporary artists to live at the Village while producing works that are inspired by the landscape and culture of the Shakers. Artists are given a workshop location within the Village and are encouraged to create new work. 

AIR is invitational, focusing on artists who have shown a demonstrated commitment to the Shaker legacy of visionary creative work through a lens that encompasses both art and craft.

The goals of this program are:

  • To encourage artists who are inspired by the Canterbury Shakers and their architecture, traditional crafts, furniture, artistic endeavors, and the overall landscape of the Village.
  • To provide artists with a place to experiment with their artist practice and showcase new work.
  • To tap into and grow a new audience at the Village while providing new programming opportunities for local artists and creatives.
  • To offer visitors a different perspective and a new outlook on what kind of inspiration the Village can offer to local artists.

In 2023, visual artist Ellen Friedlander was at the Village in July and October. Click here to learn more about her and see examples of her work.

Please email with any questions you may have about our program.

Artists-in-Residence Alumni


Hilary Irons

Maria Molteni

Anna Hepler

David Whelan

Kreh Mellick and Andrew Hayes

Anastatia Spicer


Jeanne Paterak

Maria Molteni

Anna Hepler

Tom Butler

Emily Noelle Lambert

Shaina Gaites

Kathryn Shriver


Mikayla Scout Curtin

Hilary Irons
Rachelle Beaudoin
Jason Correia
Patrick Cunha
Ann Saunderson
Brandy Williams


Lorraine Chapman

Kathleen Belko Trustee

Photos by Ellen Friedlander