This month our AHA! partners are offering a variety of both virtual and IRL (in-real-life) programs. 
Look for the Virtual and IRL icons to help you plan your AHA! activities.



AHA! In The Afternoon 

Our downtown New Bedford museums, galleries and institutions are open for visitors. 
Visit their websites for more info about current hours, programs, exhibits and COVID19 safety protocols.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 7pm (see listing below) 
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New Bedford Port Society
including Seamen’s Bethel & Mariner’s Home 

Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
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New Bedford Whaling Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm with reserved timed admission
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 6pm (see listing below) 
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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 5:30pm (see listing below) 
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New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-4pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing below) 
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Please consider shopping or dining in DNB to help support our small biz community.
Follow DNB, Inc. on Facebook /dnbinc or Instagram @dnbinc for updates about downtown dining and retail shopping.

Celebrating your Art, History
& Architecture from home? 
Order up some take-out or delivery from one of your favorite downtown eateries and enjoy all the VAHA! programming from the comfort of your couch. 
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Shop Small Spotlight 

Shop Flower Bouquets from Weatherlow Farms Floral at the Drawing Room (36 North Water Street)
Celebrate spring with a flower bouquet from Weatherlow Farms Floral. 
Available while they last. Open until 7pm.

SouthCoast Earth Month Coalition Activities & Events

A variety of ways to engage and celebrate a 100% sustainable future 
throughout the month of April both on the ground and virtually.


Virtual Art Festival 
Show your support for a sustainable southcoast with your creativity. Register your painting/illustration, sculpture, poetry/spoken word, dance, music or any creative work on our virtual map for all to see.

Earth Month EcoChallenge
Using Drawdown, a solutions-oriented engagement program, participants focus on taking action to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

Ocean Beats & Whales Live  
with the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ocean Beats:  
Listen to sounds of marine mammals from the museum’s collection. Download your favorite. Drop it into your preferred beat creation tool. Mix and create.
Whales Live (April 20th & 22nd): 
This highly visual program allows participants to ask questions in real-time while exploring life-sized whale models, looking at real whale artifacts, and listening to actual whale recordings. 

Southcoast Shoreline Clean Ups:
Saturday April 10th @ 1:30pm
Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven
Saturday April 17th @ 9am – NOON
Alfred J. Lima Quequechan Rail Trail Park
Saturday April 17th 1:30pm
UMass Dartmouth trail clearing and clean up
Thursday April 22nd 
Shingle Island River Reserve, Dartmouth
Saturday April 24th @ noon
Maplewood Park, Fall River
Saturday April 24th  @ 11:30am
Palmers Island & West Beach, New Bedford

Share Pictures with Buttonwood Zoo
Share ways you help the environment in your daily lives to the Buttonwood Park Zoo during the month of April and be entered to win prizes.

SouthCoast Earth Friendly Film Screenings
All Month
New Bedford Whaling Museum  presents Next Virtual Field Trip Stop: The Deep Blue from National Geographic that was filmed at the NBWM.
April 19th
Dam Nation
April 22nd, 23rd, 24th 

Community Trial and Green-up Day
April 24th
Help green-up Buzzards Bay Coalition properties.

Closing Summit/Ceremony
April 27th 
Featuring Senator Ed Markey and Varshini Prakash, Founder of the Sunrise Movement

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including event registration

(V)AHA! Programs 

Thank You To Vineyard Wind 
For Supporting AHA! 

Based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind is building the first commercial scale offshore wind energy project in the United States, to be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

at the New Bedford Public Library

Pick up an Art Lab Kit

Create a piece of artwork that reflects Earth Day and/or sustainability for the Art Lab contest.
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Pick up a free Veggie Garden Starter Kit
Varieties of vegetable seeds will be available, while supplies last.

Learn more about the 4th Annual Youth Writing Contest
Calling all young local poets, and writers!
Enter your poem or short story for a chance to win a prize.
Contest available for grades 1 – 12.

Sign up for the Virtual Fortnite Tournament
Happening on April 17th at 4pm.

SouthCoast Earth Month Coalition
Activities & Events

4-6pm on Pier 3 

See Walley the Trash Skimmer in Action 
Presented by Community Boating Center, Port of New Bedford
and Clean Ocean Access
Learn more about the marine trash skimmer in New Bedford Harbor and what we all can do to help prevent marine debris.

5pm on Zoom 

Registration Required 

Art Festival Kick-Off! 

Listening to Water: A dialogue to gather clouds and
condensation between science and art

A sharing of research and conversation with 
– UMass Dartmouth Artist-in-Residence Tracey Cockrell
– Professor Amit Tandon, Department of Mechanical Engineering/College of Engineering/DEOS/School for Marine Science &Technology
– Jim Lawton, Art & Design Professor/“Potters for Peace”
– Iury Simoes-Sousa, PhD Fellow Engineering and Applied Science
Followed by a water themed performance and presentation with
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment.

in the First Unitarian Church NB Garden 

Gather in the Garden for Greetings 
Learn about the Common Start Coalition and join the Southeast Massachusetts Chapter campaign to make high-quality early education and childcare affordable and accessible to all MA families. Take action now and be part of the movement. 

4-8pm at nbam/Artworks!  

Sneak Peek of the 17th Annual
Teen Artist Internship Program Exhibition

TAIP 2021 Features: Judith Klein (10 years as a TAIP mentor!) with Gabrielle Arruda, Devin McLaughlin with Mia Carter and Taylor Malcolm, Jay Ryan with Julia Gilchrest, Madison Moreno with Meghan Camarao, Roy Rossow with Tessa Pereira. The 2021 program is generously supported by the Bristol County Savings Charitable Fund and by the following Local Cultural Councils: Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Mattapoisett, and New Bedford, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a state agency.


4-7:30pm at Groundwork, on Zoom & Facebook Live  

An Exploration of Childrens Rights 
Presented by New Bedford Children 

The evening will include book readings of a children’s book created to explain rights to children, talks by special guest speakers, art activities and more.

4-7:30pm (IRL at groundworks)
FOR KIDS! Painting, drawing and more.

4-4:15pm (ONLINE)
Opening remarks: Why We Should Explore Children’s Rights. By New Bedford Children, Inc. Executive director Marissa Fay-Martin.

4:30-5pm (ONLINE/IRL)
FOR KIDS! Reading of The Book of New Bedford Children’s Rights. Read by city councilor Ian Abreu. Followed by a time for children to speak their thoughts about their rights and to be heard by the community.

5-5:30pm (ONLINE)
TALK: The Impact of Children’s Rights in the Community Guest speaker TBD. Followed by a time for community discussion.

5:30-6:00 (ONLINE/IRL)
FOR KIDS! Second reading of The Book of New Bedford Children’s Rights. Followed by a time for children to speak their thoughts about their rights and to be heard by the community.

6-6:30pm (ONLINE)
TALK: An education built on children’s rights: Exploring Children’s rights in the classroom and community. By guest speaker Alex Morgan Community Outreach Specialist from the Boulder Journey School in Boulder Colorado.

6:30-7:30pm (ONLINE)
Children’s Rights in New Bedford: Guest speakers from New Bedford Organizations supporting children’s rights and an open community discussion.

5pm on Facebook

VAHA! Mini Concert
Hosted by Scott Bishop

A special pre-recorded concert featuring two performers with South Coast connections and two downtown New Bedford businesses.

Candida Rose is a second generation, Cape Verdean-American, born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the cradle of Cape Verdean-American history. She is a vocalist, entertainer, songwriter, educator, mother and grandmother. In addition to her work with various jazz, R&B, and Cape Verdean musical groups, Candida spends her days traveling the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island as a Life Enrichment Entertainer performing for Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Adult Day Care facilities, as well as for various senior groups and associations. 
Candida on Facebook 

Candida will perform her set at Celia’s Boutique (111 William Street). Celia’s is a mother-daughter upscale boutique, selling women’s attire and accessories for business and special occasions since 2003. Celia’s is open Tuesdays through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, or you can shop online at
Celia’s on Facebook 

Somethin’ Else is a popular piano duo that has been playing throughout the SouthCoast for three years. Susan Sylvia (vocals) and Dave Grew (piano, vocals) each have nearly twenty-five years of independent experience in the entertainment industry. The duo cover rock, pop, country and classic rock songs from the 60s to the present.
Somethin’ Else on Facebook
Somethin’ Else on YouTube

Somethin’ Else will perform in Gallery X  (169 William Street). Gallery X is a contemporary, cooperative art gallery of visual, performing and literary artist members and volunteers. But it’s more than a gallery. It’s a collective, a performance space, a funhouse, a basement club, a party palace, a church, a meeting house, and most of all, a cornerstone of New Bedford’s creative and artistic scene, where artists of all disciplines and persuasions can display or perform the fruits of their creative labors.
Gallery X Website
Gallery X on Facebook
Gallery X on Instagram

5-8pm at  Gallery X

2 New Shows!  
– Showers & Flowers 
– The Works of Two Mad Women:
Art by Cherilyn Pimental & Sue Hauck


5-7pm at the Alison Wells Gallery  

Be the first to view and choose from a new shipment of Giclee prints of Alison’s New Bedford & Caribbean themed paintings. Plus a wide variety of artwork from guest artists in photography, stained glass, macrame, Japanese style woodwork, ceramic sculpture and more.

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitation will be limited to 6 guests at a time and masks will be required.

Swing By The South End


5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

Nature’s Art 
at the Judith Klein Art Gallery 
Celebrate Earth Day with nature-related paintings and printmaking by Judith Klein. Plus new jewelry, ceramics and woodwork. 
127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Use main entrance
2nd floor Suit 2-87
Visitors limited to 2-3 people at one time, masks must be worn.

Kilburn Open House 

Stop by from 5-8pm to visit over 30 artist studios, galleries and other creative businesses. Shop for fine arts, crafts and more.
127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Enter at Door #4
The Artisan Center is on the 2nd floor
Mask wearing & social distancing required. 

5:30pm on Zoom 
Registration Required 

Growing Roses Organically: Talk by Dr. Paul Raymond
Dr. Raymond has been growing roses for over ten years and is a certified Consulting Rosarian of the American Rose Society. He will explain a fundamentally holistic approach to easy rose care, from planting to cutting.

6-8pm at the Star Store
& on Facebook Live 

2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition: 
Opening Reception & Artist Talks 

Artist Talks

Part of the UMass CVPA Star Series 

Virtual Reception & Artist Talk 

The UMass Dartmouth 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition is a much anticipated and celebrated annual event showcasing the artwork of graduating students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The creative work of graduating students ranges from traditional media such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile, to digital media or site-specific installation.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ryan Cooley
Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzmán
Taylor Hickey
Shabnam Jannesari
Sung Ji Lee (이성지)
Madison Moreno
Danielle O’Malley
Valleri Rami
Cynthia Bryndis Schilling
Tran Duc Binh Vu (Vũ Trần Đức Bình)
Emma Young

Click To RSVP For Updates & Reminders
Click To Watch 

CVPA Star Series 
Umass Dartmouth CVPA has launched a 13-week performing and visual arts series at the Star Store. Dynamic live performances, video projections and installations will be happeing inside the Swain Studio Space (Purchase and Union Street) and viewable from the sidewalk for a COVID safe experience or tune in from home via live stream.
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6-8pm on Facebook Live

Sustainable SouthCoast Intercultural Cafe: 
An Earth Month Celebration  

Hosted by 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment & the Communal Space 

Tune in for community conversations, live art, spoken word, musical and dance performances and more: 

Little Miss Art (visual art) 
Chosen (spoken word)
D.Staley (music performance) 
Test-If-EyE (spoken word) 
Jet (dance performance)
Liv (spoken word)
Lonelle Walker (story time)
Nyla Walker (art project)
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (community conversation)
Hosted by Samia Walker

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6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

Sea Faring, The Underground Railroad,
& Slavery in the Coastal Northeast 

A Virtual Local History Guild Lecture presented by 
the NB Whaling Museum 

Join authors Timothy D. Walker, Ph.D. and Jonathan M. Olly, Ph.D., and the museum’s Curator of Maritime History, Michael P. Dyer, for a discussion around two of their newest publications, Sailing to Freedom, and Long Road to Freedom, featuring topics surrounding sea faring, the Underground Railroad, and slavery in the coastal Northeast.

Dr. Timothy D. Walker, Professor of History at UMASS Dartmouth, is a scholar of maritime history, colonial overseas expansion, and trans-oceanic slave trading. Walker is a guest investigator of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a contributing faculty member of the Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, and Director of the NEH “Landmarks in American History” workshop series,
Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad (2021-2022).

Dr. Jonathan M. Olly is Curator at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook, New York, where he has worked since 2016. In 2019, he curated Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island, which served as the basis for the 2021 digital publication of the same name. He has a PhD in American studies from Brown University and has previously worked at museums in DC, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, and Rhode Island – including as the L. Byrne Waterman Curatorial Intern at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2002-2003. 

7pm on Facebook Live

Women in the Workplace, Women on Deck:
Fisherpoets Virtual Round Robin

Hosted by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Tune in for a virtual event featuring fisherpoets from around the country! These fisherpoets will share stories, poems, and music related to their experiences in the fishing industry and community. This event will be led by Moe Bowstern and will feature Tele Aadsen, Meezie Hermansen, Alana Kansaku-Sarmiento, Meghan Gervais, Billie Delaney, and Melanie Brown plus others to be announced.

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Thank you all for coming along with us as the AHA! partnership learns about programming in the virtual world.
VAHA! is a way to continue to connect and celebrate our community. The theme for April AHA! Night has historically been the Sustainable SouthCoast; this year it is about the environment which sustains us as a community and how we connect to sustain each other.
Together we are working on the questions of “What does this current challenge make possible?” and “What is it that we can do in this moment to support the mission, the vision and the passion of the arts and culture community in New Bedford?”
Enjoy the offerings and please take the below survey to let us know how it went and what we can do better for May!
Lee Heald, Director of AHA!


Here’s What’s Happening!

Find archived programming from the April VAHA! on our Connect From Your Couch page.
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Yoga & Meditation presented by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative on Facebook Live 
10am – Meditation with Marcia Hathaway 
11am – Yoga with Nicole Winning 
7:30pm – Yoga Nidra with Carly Baumann 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo hosts
a Virtual Keeper Chat

11am daily (including on VAHA!), on Facebook Live While kids are home from school and BPZoo is closed, they want to continue connecting you to the animals you love through educational videos each day.

Family Friendly Activities hosted by The Lloyd Center for the Environment
1pm daily (including on VAHA!)
on Facebook & Instagram
The Lloyd Center is focused on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues, and researching coastal ecosystems and endangered species. Join them for DIY family projects related to gardening, hiking, and more.

Live Piano Interludes hosted by Groundwork
2-4pm on Zoom
Listen to Groundwork member, Midori Evans, play live while you get work done at home or simply relax.

Capturing the Essentials: A Tour of the Museum’s Photography Collections
5pm on Zoom
Join Michael Lapides, Director of Digital Initiatives, as he explores the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s photo archives in search of images depicting the lives and critical nature of our most essential workers.
Songs That Sustain Us:
A VAHA! Night Mini-Concert
Join five New Bedford-based singer/songwriters as each plays an original song and a cover of a song that sustains them during turbulent times: 
Sarah Donner is an alt pop singer/songwriter playing songs that teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads. Learn more at 
Jake Perrone performs cavernous folk experiments and layered rock structures. 
Learn more at  
Scott Bishop, aka Scapeghost, dips pop songs in weird sounds, ranging from crunchy punk-pop to dreamy shoegaze to ambient landscapes. Learn more at
Also performing! Yaya Ortiz  & Hooly J. Chan
Live Stream Paint Night with Painting at Splash 
6pm on Facebook Live & Instagram Live 
Use your own supplies, or purchase a kit that will be delivered right to your house for $15.
Collage Craft with Alison Wells 
6pm on Facebook 
Make a fun and funny paper collage character with recycled magazine paper – at our April VAHA Collage Table… At Home. All you need are: old magazines (that have images of people) glue and any clear sheet of white or colored craft paper.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents
A Journey of Hope 

7-8pm on Facebook Live 
Dana Ianculovici on violin and Kevin Crudder on cello present an hour of music and poetry.
UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition:
A Virtual Experience 
Brought to you by the College of Visual and Performing Arts 
7pm on Facebook 

New Bedford’s Working Waterfront:
A Virtual Talk by Phil Mello

Presented by the NB Fishing Heritage Center
7-8pm on Zoom
Phil has worked on the New Bedford waterfront for 40+ years and has been taking photographs of waterfront fellow workers since 1975.

Virtual Wine & IPA Tasting at The Drawing Room
7:30-8:30pm on Zoom
Corey Nuffer, wine salon curator, will take you on an adventure where we learn about and taste a series of local wine and beer through the magic of Zoom conferencing.

Plus, a toast to the 1st Anniversary of The Drawing Room moving to downtown New Bedford!

The Z presents Grace Morrison Live
7:30pm on Facebook Live 
Enjoy some folk, roots, and Americana music from the comfort of your couch. 
Pay What You Can Virtual Classes 
Drama Tots 
For ages 3-5, explore theatre games, dramatic play, music, movement and more.
Escape Through Poetry 
Explore the poetry of connection – to nature, to our homes, and to each other.
Virtual Hangout with South Coast Surface Design 
7pm on Google Hangout 
– Sustainability themed presentation about eco-positive, responsible design methods
related to “soft-product” design and development.
– Featured Artist, Henna By Heather, will demo new art technics and talk about her Colorang Collection.
– A coloring hang-out session! Make art for a special cause – Face Masks.
Whale Relaxation & Contemplation Session 
Brought to you by UMass Dartmouth CVPA 
8pm on Zoom 
Join CVPA Artist in Residence Salty Xi Jie Ng (live from Singapore!) for a reading of passages from Moby Dick, Among Whales, and The Whale accompanied by a soundtrack of Roger Payne’s Songs of the Humpback Whale. 
Steppin’ Out 2020
Virtual Opening & Digital TAIP Catalog
NBAM/ArtWorks! is proud to launch their virtual exhibition of the 2020 Teen Artist Internship Program Exhibition.

More On VAHA!

Find archived programming from the April VAHA! on our Connect From Your Couch page.
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Doodles Creative Sessions &
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment present
Story Time with Lonelle & Nyla

Process Painting Video
with Kat Knutsen

Judith Klein Art Gallery Virtual Exhibit
Available until 4/18 

Participating Artists: Alma Cummings, Michael Hubert, Anthony Miraglia, Patricia White, Phyllis Dobbyn, Sheila Oliveira and Judith Klein.

The Trustees – Haskell Public Gardens 
Reopens To Our Community Today
A beautiful place to engage with nature, enjoy some fresh air, while practicing safe social distancing.

Virtual Tour of the First Baptist Church/Steeple Playhouse hosted by WHALE
For those who missed the live version of the virtual First Baptist Church tour, WHALE will be sharing the recorded video on Instagram @waterfrontleaguenb during VAHA! 

Starting on Friday you can find other recorded tours on WHALE’s Facebook, Instagram, and website.

Virtual Gallery Tour
with Rhonda Fazio

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