June Vaha!

Welcome To VAHA!

A message from Margo Saulnier,
creative strategist for the city of New Bedford
Thank you to New Bedford Creative for supporting AHA!
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The AHA! Pride Committee and the Queer Arts Council of New Beford have chosen to postpone their previously planned content for June’s AHA! Pride and instead are participating in a community conversation, The Road to Recovery, hosted by 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment & The Dinner Club Podcast. The event takes place on June 11, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.


Find archived programming from the June VAHA! on our Connect From Your Couch page.

Dinner & A Show 
Celebrate VAHA! with some contactless take-out or delivery from one of your favorite downtown eateries. Our friends at DNB, Inc. have put together a list with all the delicious dining in DNB details.  
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Follow DNB Inc. on Facebook /dnbinc & Instagram @dnbinc for updates about outdoor dining and retail shopping.

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

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.

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

In Bed with Ishmael: Queer Approaches to the Life, Work, and Legacy of Herman Melville
June 18, 7:30pm on Zoom
Was Herman Melville in love with Nathaniel Hawthorne? Why did Queequeg and Ishmael spend so much time snuggling in Moby-Dick? In this virtual program, they will use queer theory to analyze Melville’s writings and, in the process, destabilize conventional understandings of gender, sexuality, family, and identity, from the nineteenth century
to the present.


Creative Piano InterludesHosted by GroundworkOn Zoom or Facebook LiveListen at home to a live piano performance by Midori Evans.Register On Eventbrite For Zoom LinkClick To Watch On Facebook Live


The 5 Pillars Of Hip Hop Series 
Presented by 3rd EyE & 
the NB Whaling National Historical Park 
On Facebook Live 
Featuring music, dance, spoken word 
and live painting. 


VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 
On Zoom 
Tune in for this mini-concert featuring 4 New Bedford-based artists playing original music: 
– Myles Goulart
– Jenn Lombari of Stubborn Hearts


Rainbow Shaving Cream Marbled Art Activity 
with Little People’s College 
 On Facebook 
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. 


Alison Wells Gallery Virtual Tour 
On the Gallery website 
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.

Party with NBAM/Artworks! 


artMOBILE Birthday Watch Party!
On Facebook 
Happy Birthday to New Bedford Art Museum/Artwork’s purplest program — The artMOBILE! Join the Watch Party for a special presentation of the artMOBILE over the years. Share your favorite artMOBILE memories in the live chat. 


How To Make Slime: Sculptures and Videos by Eli Brown Go Virtual
Presented by Fiber Optic Center New Media Gallery  
On the Museum site 


Living History Architectural Walking Tour Series: Moreland Terrace & More 
Hosted by the NB Preservation Society
This is an IRL tour w/ a 10 person limit.
Social distancing protocol (including mandatory mask wearing) will be followed.
This tour will highlight one of New Bedford’s premier neighborhoods. The houses on this tour represent a multitude of styles from the late Victorian to Mid-Century Modern.


Opening Reception for 
We Are All Contagious: A UMass Dartmouth CVPA Online Exhibition
On Facebook Live or Zoom 
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.


Celebrate George, Armand, and NBFT
hosted by New Bedford Festival Theatre
On You Tube 
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. 


Talk Art & Music with Butch McCarthy
Hosted by The Drawing Room  
Butch will be speaking 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. 



Anomaly Poetry Virtual Open Mic: Pride 
On Zoom
Celebrating and honoring the creative power of New Bedford’s LGBTQ+ community. 


Illustrated Talk: Portuguese Immigration and Fishing Experience
Presented by NB Fishing Heritage Center 
On Facebook Live 
Featuring Gloria deSa, Peter Pereira, and Ron Fortier. Learn about fishing in Portugal as well as about the Portuguese community in New Bedford today.


South Coast Surface Design’s
1 Year Anniversary On-Line Celebration 
Adrian Burke, Founder and Lead Designer of SoCoSD, will share stories from Year 1 Adventures, and review the wonderful work from the 1st Year Featured Artists.


The Power of Openness
Presented by Caroline Paradis &
Kelley Cabral-Mosher of Elevate Southcoast
On Facebook Live
What would happen if we stopped holding onto what we think our lives should look like – and instead opened ourselves up to the gifts and opportunities that might come along in unexpected ways?

Join Caroline and Kelley for 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.

Gallery X 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.

Celia’s Boutique Fashion Show 
Enjoy a virtual fashion show of summer styles. 

RJD’s 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. The exhibit opens to the public on July 9, 2020. For more details visit www.rjdmuseum.org

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