Connect From Your Couch

Our curated list of on-line resources and virtual programming from local artists, businesses and organizations will keep you creative and connected 24-7. 

Connect From Your Couch 24/7

For Youth By Youth
presented by Dream Out Loud
A video compilation of DOLC students’ creative work including:
– “Get Out and Art” promotional video, inspiring youth to explore their creative minds
– Songs that tackle the subjects of dealing with loss, self-discovery, depression and facing fears
– An interview with local business owners Power and Grace Yoga
And other fun creative works.
Click To Watch 

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! presents:

Steppin’ Out 2020
Celebrating the 16th year of the Teen Artist Internship Program
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She Persisted: Women Artists of
New Bedford, 1900-2019
Highlighting female-identified artists from the New Bedford Public Library’s collection.
Click For Digital Catalog

2020 Members Exhibition
See what our community has been making! 
Click To View 

NBAM YouTube Channel
Find Creative Convos, Fiber Optic
Fridays and Museum Dog!
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Exploring My City Through Art 
Art lessons and activities with 
artist Alison Wells 
Click To Create 

Learning Studio: 
Early Literacy Through The Arts 
Little ones and their caregivers will create, build language skills, and learn together with Ricky Rainbow Beard.
Click To Create

Explore The Outdoors From Your Home 
The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Discover Buzzards Bay website has a wealth of resources to help you adventure safely, including some recent blog posts like:

13 Places You Can Visit While Social Distancing And Enjoying The Outdoors  

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20 Places To Explore A Spring Vernal Pool
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30 Places To Discover In 30 Days Around The Bay (updated daily!)
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Nathan & Polly Johnson House
Virtual Tour

The National Park Service and the New Bedford Historical Society worked in partnership to create this tour, providing the opportunity for everyone to see what is inside. This self-guided interactive tour and narrated video tour allows visitors to explore the interior of this historic home that is normally not open to the public.
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Virtual & Self-Guided Walking Tours brought to you by the New Bedford Preservation Society

Virtual tours include An Introduction to Historical New Bedford and Tour of Howland Mills: A history of the New Bedford textile industry and a utopian workers village.
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New Bedford Personalities Virtual Tour
Tour guide Bruce Barnes brings to life
8 notable New Bedford historic VIP personalities through the places they
lived and worked. Combined with
historic maps, pictures and illustrations, the tour explores the history – whaling, textiles, religion, abolition, even the
poetry – of our fascinating and important New England city.


Self guided walking tours

(to be used while observing appropriate social distancing guidelines) include Acushnet Heights, County Street, West of County Street, Old Bedford Village and Kempton’s Corner.|
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Facebook Series
– Cherished & Perished
– Historic Property of the Week 
– Windows, Knobs & Nails:
architectural details of historic buildings
Click To Follow  

 

May VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 
Featuring 4 New Bedford-based artists playing original music: 
Kittens Slay Dragons 
Chris Evil (aka Chris Guaraldi)
Brian Cass
Scapeghost (aka Scott Bishop)
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July VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 
Featuring 2 New Bedford-based artists playing original music: 
Roots Run Wild
Mercy Bell 
Click For Concert 

Original Music created for VAHA! 
– 6 Feet Away by Hooly J Chan
A tune about the pandemic
we’re in right now.
Click For Video 
– Keeping Distance by Scapeghost 
A song about social distancing, lockdowns, and the pandemic. 
Featuring some New Bedford public art.
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Virtual MAC 
The Marion Art Center’s Virtual MAC will feature profiles on works of art, interviews with artists or performers, links to partner and community organizations, as well as demos and tutorials to help you feel engaged and motivated. 
Click To Visit

#museumfromhome with the
New Bedford Whaling Museum

If you are looking for things to do with your children, resources to keep students engaged, ways to spend your time learning about something new, or just taking a moment to enjoy the Museum Collection from the comfort of your own home – You’ve come to the right place.
Click To Explore 

Lighting the Way Self-Guided Tours
The LTW Trail Map guides you to locations in downtown New Bedford associated with over 30 inspiring women. The trail map is available in paper form, pdf download, and on a mobile app.
Click To Learn More

Join The Show Us Your Art
Facebook Group 
Created by Gallery X 
A place for artists of all skill levels to share and appreciate contemporary art. The group is open to everyone including career artists, hobbyists, students and art admirers.
Click To Join
 
View Virtual Exhibits
Visit virtual exhibitions, Flora & Fauna, Primarily Colors and The Art of Lisa Goulart. Combined the exhibitions include 100 pieces of art by dozens of local artists.
www.galleryx.org
Participate in Earth Day Live & Digital Earth Day with local partner Earth Day New Bedford 2020
April 22nd – 24th
 
Earth Day Live is a mobilization that aims to engage people across the country and around the world in collective actions to protect our climate and communities. The live stream will include training sessions, performances, and appearances to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired, with speakers including celebrities, politicians, scientists, and youth activists.
 
Digital Earth Day is a global digital mobilization on April 22 to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet. The global conversation will be unified and tracked by the shared hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.
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Junior Ranger E-Book & 
National Park Tours

The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park invites you to explore New Bedford during the whaling days!

Complete the Junior Ranger eBook, fill out the certificate, email or snail mail it and your badge will be sent to you. 
Click To Start Your Adventure

The NB Park is one of 419 National Parks across the nation. Join rangers from some of our most magnificent natural areas on a tour of these majestic, unique, remote and truly awesome place. 
#findyourpark

Whales, Tales and Sails 
10am on Fridays 
Free story and music hour with local story teller Jackson Gillman for ages 0-5. 
Email Lindsay_Compton@nps.gov for event link.

 

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 
Digital Offerings
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Click For Digital Exhibits  
Click For Educational Materials

We Came to Fish, We Came to Work: Stories of Immigration Virtual Concert
Featuring performances by local musicians Ana Vinagre, Candida Rose, and Johan Gundersen presenting songs from and about Portugal, Cape Verde,
and Norway.
Click To Watch 

Illustrated Talk: Portuguese Immigration and Fishing Experience

Featuring Gloria deSa, Peter Pereira, and Ron Fortier. Learn about fishing in Portugal as well as about the Portuguese community in New Bedford today.
Click To Watch 


Exploring Cape Verdean Musical Traditions 

A presentation and performance by musician and educator, Candida Rose. Learn more about Cape Verdean cultural heritage and the connections between Cape Verdean and American musical traditions. 
Click To Watch 

 

Co-Creative Center On-Line Offerings

Co-Creative Podcast
Highlighting local South Coast creatives. Hear from members, artists, leaders and the creative minds shaping our community.
Click To Listen 

Co-Creative YouTube Channel
Inspiration, shared knowledge and access to short learning sessions.
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Virtual Tours of Historic Buildings
with WHALE including: 

First Baptist Church
The Strand Theater
1060 Pleasant Street
305-307 Pleasant Street
148 Hawthorne Street 
Co-Creative Center 
Past Projects Tour featuring the Andrew Robeson House, Rodman Candleworks, The Old Bank – National Park Visitor’s Center and The Corson Block
Click To Watch

The Collective NB hosts: 

Virtual Variety Show #1
Featuring live theater, music, visual art and poetry. 
Click To Watch

Virtual Variety Show #2: 
Performance from the Void
An evening of scenes, music, animation, poetry and more.
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The NB Symphony Orchestra presents 
Virtual Concerts & On-line Education 
Click For Upcoming Concerts
Click To View Past Concerts
Click For Learning In Concert Educational Video Series

Ferdinand the Bull & The 3 Little Pigs
Snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal or real furry friend and join the NBSO for an afternoon of stories and music. Enjoy two familiar stories, Ferdinand the Bull and The Three Little Pigs, with a slightly new twist. Jesse (violin) and Ealain (narrator) will present a virtuosic rendition of Ferdinand the Bull with lots of violin theatrics and dramatic narration. Peter and Emmy will give their premiere performance as narrators in Daniel Dorff’s musical version of Three Little Pigs. Be ready for a fun, silly time with these NB Symphony musicians!
Click To Watch Videos 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo hosts
Virtual Keeper Chats

11am daily 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.
Click For Daily Vids 
Click To Watch Past Chats 

Your Theatre presents 
– YTI Trivia Fridays 
– Mini Performances 
– Back Stage Tours 
– YTI History 
Click To Watch

 

Virtual Exhibits & Tours 

2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition:
A Virtual Experience
Click To View

Opening Reception for 
We Are All Contagious: A UMass Dartmouth CVPA Online Exhibition
The UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to its new online exhibition, We Are All Contagious. The juror, Nato Thompson, Artistic Director of Philadelphia Contemporary, has selected 49 artworks created by 39 artists from an impressive pool of 745 submitted works of art. Their techniques range from photography, painting, conceptual art, fabric sculpture, digital illustration, drawing, video, to print on toilet paper.
Click For Exhibit 
Click For Opening Reception

Virtual Tour of the Interwoven Maker Gallery with Rhonda Fazio 
Click To Watch

Mayday Mask Makers 
In The Time Of COVID
A call to all people making masks:
If you’ve made one or 100’s
If you are an artist creating
If you are new to making
Rhonda Fazio shares the work and 
stories of local mask makers. 
Click To Watch  

Virtual Tour of the House of Glass
with artist Tracy Barbosa
Visit IRL at Haskell Public Gardens
Click For Tour

Alison Wells Gallery presents

Mixed Media Wednesdays
Gratitude Art Journaling
Weekly at 1pm on Facebook Live
Click For Weekly Links & Past Vids

Click For April VAHA! Collage Craft 

Click For July VAHA! “Let the Rythm Move You!” Art Activity 

In The Neighborhood:
A Virtual Artist Talk 

Artist Alison Wells and Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Akeia de Barros Gomes discuss Alison’s artistic journey; as an artist, art educator, and gallery owner.

Alison explains how she weaves references to New Bedford’s rich layers of history, heritage, arts, culture, and industries into her vibrant, large-scale paintings, and combines these influences with her Caribbean culture and sensibilities to convey the essence of the city she loves.

This FREE virtual talk was presented as part of Massachusetts Art Week.
Click To Watch 

Virtual Gallery Tour 
Join Alison Wells for a virtual tour of the gallery and a chat about reopening her doors to the public. Enjoy new colorful displays of artwork on the brick walls as well as take a sneak peek of some of her new work titled “In the Neighborhood” to be featured later this summer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Click For Tour 

Doodles Creative Sessions &
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment present 

The Colorful Yoga Virtual Series 
A fun mix of hands-on craft projects that explore creative freedom and playful games and exercises that increase self-awareness and inner calm. 
Click For Past Vids & Cute Kids

Story Time with Nyla & Lonelle  
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The 5 Pillars Of Hip Hop Series 
presented by 3rd EyE & 
the NB Whaling National Historical Park 
Featuring music, dance, spoken word 
and live painting. 
Click To Watch The May 14th Event
Click To Watch The June 11th Event 
Click To Watch The July 9th Event

V3E Pride: A Celebration of
Young Creatives & Community
Music and dance performances,
live art, micro-workshops, community conversations, interactive activities
and more.
Click To Watch The May 15th Event 
Click To Watch The June 26th Event 

The Road to Recovery Podcast 
hosted by 3rd EyE Unlimited,
The Dinner Club Podcast
& The Queer Arts Council of NB 
A Community Conversation
& Virtual Town Hall featuring real talk, resources and community discourse.
Part of the June 11th VAHA! 
Click To Watch 

Your New Bedford Virtual PopUps
Click To Watch The June 19th Event 
Click To Watch The July 17th Event 

 

The Toe Jam Puppet Band presents 

Doodles & Drawings with Mr. Vinny 

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Where’s Hodge Podge In NB! 

Toe Jam From Home! 
Mr. TOM and Mr. ViNNY are ready to bring their special brand of high-energy-interactive-musical-silliness to your living room. Yes, they’ll have your favorites and new stuff too. Get ready to dance and run around kiddos! (The Toe Jam Puppet Band is NOT responsible for any damage done to your home during this show.)
Click To Get Down With Toe Jam


  

Virtually Visit
The Cape Cod Museum Trail

Enjoy the history, nature, art and cuture of Cape Cod from your couch. Take part in virtual art installations, walking tours, talks and animal visits presented by museums on the trail.
Click To Visit

New Bedford Public Schools Student
Art
& Music Virtual Celebration
Visual and Performing Arts students have been busy learning and working from home! This compilation includes student artwork and performances from across the district.
Click To Watch 

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House
& Garden Museum presents 

A Preservation Conversation
with Dawn Salerno, Director of the RJD
and Anne Louro, Preservation Planner for
New Bedford. 
Click To Watch

Behind the Seams of “Sewful Work” 
with Blair Walker
Join the RJD on a “Behind The Seams” tour of their latest exhibition titled “Sewful Work” curated by Blair Walker.
Click To Watch 
The exhibit opens to the public on July 9, 2020. Visit www.rjdmuseum.org for more details.

A Creative Arts Display
from Child & Family Services
In recognition of May Mental Health Awareness Month enjoy a showcase of the creative and artistic talents of CFS workers/providers of mental health services and learn how they utilize the arts as a form of self-expression, shedding negative emotions, building self-esteem, and processing.
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Celia’s Boutique Fashion Shows

Enjoy a virtual fashion show of spring and summer styles,
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Enjoy a virtual fashion show of
summer styles. 
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New Bedford Festival Theatre presents 

“From NBFT With Love!”
Miss New Bedford and NBFT alumni Alyssa Maitoza will be performing some favorite NBFT hits such as “Thank You For The Music”, “What I Did For Love”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and more.
Click To Watch Part 1
Click To Watch Part 2

Celebrate George, Armand, and NBFT

Watch the premiere of the video that was aired from the Zeiterion stage during the Festival Theatre 30th anniversary production, The Best Of Times, on November 30, 2019. A star-studded cast of performers assembled that evening to pay tribute to George, Armand, and NBFT, through song, dance, and stories. 
Click To Watch

They Dreamed a Dream:
NBFT’s Summer Academy Apprentices Reach for the Stars
An inspiring event featuring the 2020 Summer Academy apprentices and their solo performances of beloved Les Miserables songs as well as Erin Ban, former NBFT apprentice, who played Fantine in the 2008 NBFT production, members of the Broadway and National tour. And, of course, George and Armand, weigh in on this award-winning, record breaking NBFT production.
Click To Watch 

The Rosenbach of Philadelphia presents American Voyager: 
Herman Melville at 200

Intro Video 
Including basic information about 
The Rosenbach, American Voyager, why they are involved in this New Bedford celebration, and an invitation to their June 18th event In Bed with Ishmael.
Click To Watch 

A Virtual Exhibit  
Few American writers have achieved the cultural impact of Herman Melville, author of the eternal classic Moby-Dick, yet he died unrecognized by his contemporaries for his genius. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth, The Rosenbach’s new exhibition will explore the life, works, and legacy of this iconic but under-read author. Making use of The Rosenbach’s extensive Melville holdings and numerous loans from partner organizations, including rare manuscripts and first editions, the exhibition will examine how Melville fled to the watery fringes of 19th-century life to grasp core truths about American society—and even human nature itself. The exhibition will challenge visitors to consider what Melville’s writings have to say about modern America through the lens of marine conservation, globalization, social justice, and LGBTQ+ identity.
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Rainbow Shaving Cream
Marbled Art Activity 

with Little People’s College
Join Miss Tara from Little People’s College as she leads Families step by step to create shaving cream marbled rainbows.  Families can follow along by having 3 items ready. 1. Shaving cream 2. White paper and 3.Tempera paint (Rainbow colors). You can find these supplies at your local WalMart, Target, craft store or even Stop & Shop. This activity is appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers with adult supervision and guidance. Older school age children can participate independently. 
Click To Make Art

New Bedford Creative presents 

Seaport Art Walk Tour & Talk
with Margo Saulnier, Creative Strategist for the City of New Bedford and Jess Bregoli, Seaport Art Walk Curator

Margo chats with Jess about the 2020 SPAW and the process of building her sculpture Maria Mitchell’s Waves. This year’s SPAW honors the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement and is inspired by “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast”, a project of New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Click To Watch 

Self-Guided Public Art Walks
Need to stretch your legs and catch some sunshine? #NBCreative is here to help with three self-guided public art walks in the North End’s Love the Ave and the Seaport Cultural District’s waterfront and downtown.
Click To Download Tours

Elevate Southcoast presents

Heart Conversations
Talks with special guests about the connection and intention of each aspect of health and well-being, as we seek to navigate this unprecedented time together. 
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Click For Past Convos

The Power of Openness
A brief but enlightening talk about the power of openness, followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling light, spacious and open to the miracles that life has to offer you.
Click To Watch 

The Comfort of Gratitude
A brief but enlightening talk followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling light, peaceful, and connected to the things that make you happy.
Click To Watch 

Surrender 
A brief but enlightening talk about surrender, followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling
open to the ebbs and flows of life.
Click To Watch 

Virtual Wellness 

New Bedford Wellness presents 
weekly classes including yoga, meditation, sound healing and laughing wellness. 
Click For Weekly Schedule 
Click For Past Classes 

New Bedford YMCA presents 
Daily Workouts 
including Barre, yoga, family boot camp, kickboxing and more. 
Click To Join

Sangha New Bedford presents 
Yoga with Jeff Costa
Click For Links

South Coast Surface Design hosts 
Elin Noble & Deborah Baronas  

A
n on-line get-together with two well-known Surface Design / Textile Artists.
Click For Videos 

 

Talk Art & Music with Butch McCarthy
hosted by The Drawing Room  
Butch speaks with Liz Aragao, a fan of art and music who works with The Drawing Room to highlight the talents and stories of local artists. Hear from Butch, take a look at his work and listen to his music. 
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Creative Piano Interludes
hosted by Groundwork
Listen to a live piano performance by Midori Evans.
Click For Music

#seethelight with DATMA

Behind the Scenes of Light 2020
Join DATMA for a brief behind the scenes visit of the public art project, Photo Kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park, featuring DATMA’s co-founder, Roger Mandle and Executive Director, Lindsay Mis interviewed by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director. Lindsay Mis will be on location from the CVPA Star Store Campus building’s corner space, Swain Studio and take you to see the installation from close up.
Click To Watch 

Light2020 
2 art installations viewable from the street: 

Vessels by MASARY Studios

Three large-scale animation projection works installed on three different buildings along Union Street. Look for the current one between Purchase & Pleasant Streets. 

Photo-kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park

Reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles. On view at the UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Building, corner of Union and Purchase Streets. 

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Whaling City Sounds Annual Jazz Series 
Recorded at the Steeple Playhouse
Featuring vocalist Shawnn Monteiro with the Mike Renzi Trio including Dave Zinno on bass and Steve Langone on drums. 

Mike Renzi was music director and pianist for Tony Bennett for a few years, including his recording with Lady Gaga, and also was music director at Sesame Street for a decade or more. He toured with Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Mel Torme and many others, including a few weeks with Frank Sinatra.
Click For Set 1 
Click For Set 2 

Seaglass Theater Company presents
Music & Martinis 
A free 20 minute cocktail concert featuring some of your favorite Seaglass artists. Opera, musical theater, drink recipes, skits, and anything else they can dream up.
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Click For Past Concerts 

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