AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA New Bedford

Spring has sprung, bringing with it new life, warmer weather and longer days. Mark your calendars for the April 13th AHA! Night when— just in time for Earth Day— our theme is “Sustainable SouthCoast.” Join us in celebrating the earth and explore how we can create a sustainable environment for ourselves and others. Hear what others in the community are doing and connect with groups who are making a commitment to positive change. Earth Eve festivities brought to you by: , Domino’s, SEEAL, SouthCoast Serves, Umass Dartmouth LEDUC Center for Civic Engagement, Greater New Bedford Refuse Management District and Sid Wainer.

Keep It Sustainable
Celebrate Earth Eve with the largest People-Powered Parade in New England! The climate is changing, and it’s time to make a statement. The evening will be filled with fun, as the group parades along the procession route with their eco-floats---anything a person or group can wear, roll, or carry along the procession route. Marchers include the NBPS Middle School Marching Band and SEEAL celebrating their 20th Anniversary. Participants convene at 5pm in front of the NB Public Library (613 Pleasant Street). The New Bedford High School Steel Drum Band will kick off the event with a 5pm performance on the lawn of the Library (Market Street Side). The procession will begin at 5:30pm and travel throughout downtown. Brought to you by SouthCoast Serves and Umass Dartmouth LEDUC Center for Civic Engagement.

Sustainable SouthCoast supporter Sid Wainer presents a Sustainable SouthCoast tasting table at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street).

Go green with the TL6 the Gallery (100 William Street) April Artist of the Month, Caitlyn Kenney.
"Sustain": New Works by Caitlyn Kenney
This series by Caitlyn Kenney, a 23 year old local artist and entrepreneur, is all about food. These paintings focus on the food policies of the United States today, centering on Sustainability, through means of composting and recycling, the need for food to live, as represented by corporations as well as actual food, and the degradation of the planet as a whole by human hand, especially through the actions of chemical corporation Monsanto. Each of these paintings is a microcosm of the food policies that affect each and every one of us as we consume, live and grow based entirely around food. Cycle Composting project, a company founded by Caitlyn, is a step in the direction of improving these conditions one green bag at a time. Through her work in composting, painting and environmental activism, Caitlyn hopes to change the way that food is seen

Round the Bend Farm presents Fermentation: Learn the How and Why of an Age Old Process at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street). You’ve heard about the benefits of eating (or drinking) fermented food. Sauerkraut and kimchi, among others, are foods that could become an important part of your diet. Sample them and decide. 6pm

Explore recycling and watersheds at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street), 5-7pm. Compete with your friends to see who can recycle the fastest with grabbers, sorters, and all the trash you can see. At 5:30 and 6:30, a ranger will show you how rainwater gets from the sky to the ocean and all the stuff it picks up along the way with an Enviroscape model neighborhood.

Greening the Gateway Cities program presents a tree planting as well as a talk about how to have trees planted for free in urban backyards at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).

Stop by Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Wheeler Bay Learning Center (114 Front Street) for an Earth Eve activity. Learn about local shells and choose one to paint to look like our planet. 5-8pm

More AHA! Awesomeness


- Hop on down for an Easter Sale at Soap La-Tea-Da (187 Union Street): Save up to 50% off your entire purchase by selecting from the Magical Egg Easter Basket. Pick the special egg and your entire purchase is FREE!
- Shop earth-friendly books at Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street).

UMass Dartmouth Kekeli African Drum and Dance performance on the New Bedford Whaling Museum plaza (18 Johnny Cake Hill), 6-8pm.

Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) presents April Featured Performer Morgan Johnston from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro. This talented young singer-songwriter has been sharing her music with the C.A. Open Mic audience for a few years. Her newer songs show wonderful growth and sophistication.

Arts In Bloom In DNB

Celebrate International Poetry Month!

- Opening Reception for Hypertext at the Alison Wells Fine Art Gallery (106William Street). Featuring the work of Andrew Tedesco, Emily Franicola and David Burr who uniquely incorporate 'text' in their artwork.
- Opening Reception for Keep the Dream Alive: Art & Poems by Bill Comeau at Gallery 65 (65 William Street). Works inspired by Sister Corita Kent. Poetry ready by Bill at 7pm.

New Show! 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition at UMD CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street). Featuring work from Artisanry, Design and Fine Arts including painting, drawing, sculpture, digital and moving images, as well as intricate jewelry. Artist Talks at 7pm.  
Exhibiting artists: Lisa A. Bryson, April Claggett, Heather Davis, Kate Dickinson, Yunjie Gao, Natasha Jabre, Andrew Laverty Andrew Leo Stansbury, Monica Lopes, Marita Torbick, Hanna Vogel, Amanda C. Watkins.

Opening of Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry at New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street), 6:30-8pm. Ropeworks will explore the use of rope in rigging, net making, and marlinspike seamanship.  Functional and decorative objects including net models, knot boards, fenders and beckets will be displayed along with the tool of the trade.  Several of the artists will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate their work. Opening of the Ropeworks exhibit will include two poems by fishermen on the theme of knots and rope.

2 new shows at Gallery X (169 William Street)
- Fools Gold: A treasury of nonsense
The theme for the show is satire, caricature, whimsy, and anything with a touch of humor added to the creative spark.  Some works are intrinsically funny to look at; others make people chuckle when they read the caption.  
- One For The Ladies: Current work by Melanie Ducharme
This series of work focuses on the various ways in which one can identify as female. There has been so much negativity regarding issues that affect woman that she felt it important to put forth a positive statement. Melanie Ducharme has been exhibiting her work since 2001. She is a visual artist and educator.

2 New Shows and 2 Continuing Shows at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street). - New! 2017 CVPA UMass Dartmouth BFA Senior Exhibition featuring work by the graduating classes of Fine Arts, Artisanry, Art Education and Visual Design team as well as Master of Art Education graduates. - New! Opening Reception for the Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP) show.
- Behind Open Doors: Works of Brooke Goldstein
Goldstein creates immersive emotional experiences through fiber-based environments. Employing color, texture, repeating pattern and nostalgia, she invites viewers to lose themselves in her immersive installations. This multifaceted artist draws on textile techniques such as quilting, fabric painting, silkscreen and surface design to elicit memories relating to her own childhood, relationships and the concept of “Home”.
- The Sporting Life: Yachting Prints by Currier & Ives


February 9, 2017 History, Herstory, Ourstory
March 9, 2017 All Sewn Up
April 13, 2017 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 11, 2017 We Art NB
June 8, 2017 Launch: New Spaces, New Places
July 13, 2017 Kids Rule
August 10, 2017 Jammin’ in the Streets
September 14, 2017 NB Cultures
October 12, 2017 Moveable Feast
November 9, 2017 Made in NB
December 14, 2017 City Sidewalks

All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more information call 508-996-8253 x205

First time visitors
may want to start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues starting the Tuesday prior to each event.

Directions: From I-195 E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal; take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street parking also available for free after 6 pm. 

Our AHA! Partners have something for everybody on your list. 
- boutique shops 
- museum memberships
- galleries galore
- tickets to a show
- gift cards to eclectic eateries 

Click here for AHA! Partner info.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.