September Vaha!

AHA! Schedule  

Start Your AHA! Adventure At The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center 
The AHA! website will be available for you to look at along with Park staff and volunteers ready to answer any questions you may have. The Visitor Center (33 William St) is open
10am-8pm on AHA! 

AHA! Happens Rain Or Shine
Be sure to check the AHA! event page, Facebook page and Instagram Stories as well as website and social for participating event partners for info about location changes, program rescheduling and cancellations.

/ahanewbedford   @ahanewbedford

Planning  To AHA! IRL?
All of the AHA! partners have their own masking requirements. We recommend you carry a mask with you at all times so you don’t miss out on any of the AHA! festivities.

Celebrate 20 Years of CVPA at the Star Store

715 Purchase St

Piano Performance in the Crapo Gallery

with musician Yunhee Kim

CVPA Concentrate

A collaborative project on the Star Store façade in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Star Store Campus. This project features works by previous UMass Dartmouth CVPA New Directions Artists-in-Residence:

  • Tracey Cockrell (2020/21)
  • Roz Crews (2017/18)
  • Lo Moran (2018/19)
  • Salty Xi Jie Ng (2019/20)
  • and CVPA alumni Kate Frazer Rego

CVPA Concentrate is a mash-up of texts, field recordings, interviews, and images that catalog these artists’ immersions within the CVPA community. Together, these artists will wrap the Star Store facade in sounds and images.

Opening of Glimpse:

An Exhibition of Works by Incoming UMD Students
Remarks & Intros at 6pm
In Gallery 244 

Kate Frazer Rego: Skywoman Waits

A site-specific installation and performance in the Crapo Gallery
(Spring Street windows)

Kate Frazer Rego invites visitors to experience her work from outside as well as inside of the Crapo Gallery space. During AHA! Night, Skywoman will be descending from the ‘Void’ and inhabiting this window exhibition from 6 to 8 pm.

Faculty Relations

Presented by Salty Xi Jie Ng, 2019-20 CVPA artist-in-residence
A compassionate-trickster exploration of the social space shared by minted members of the academic institution of art featuring poems by CVPA faculty and staff.

Last chance to view
Marc St. Pierre: Black & White

The University Art Gallery is proud to present Black & White, an exhibition by the beloved UMass Dartmouth professor Marc St. Pierre (June 23, 1952 – December 2, 2019), featuring a selection of mixed media drawings and collage with encaustic, as well as black and white photography.

Drawings created between 2008 and 2012, layered geometric elements and abstract forms to create a rich and poignant experience filled with wonder and exploration. They took inspiration from the ‘man-made’, architectural plans, diagrams and maps of early explorers.

Hip Hop at the Park


3-4:30pm at the New Bedford
Whaling National Historical Park
Visitor Center (33 William St) 

3rd Eye Unlimited Presents
The 5 Pillars of Hip Hop, Part 5 
Hosted by Lonelle Walker

This is the last of 5 monthly events (May- September) exploring the 5 pillars of hip hop (Knowledge, B-Boy/Girl, Graffiti, MC’ing, DJ’ing) through performance, visual art, and sharing. Find out more about what the 5 pillars are, the history of these traditions and where their influences originate.


Starry Night Craft & the Bookmobile 

3pm at the New Bedford Main Library
(613 Pleasant St)

Stop by the Library for a Starry Night Craft

While supplies last. 

5:30pm near Wing’s Court    

Look for the Bookmobile parked near Wing’s Court. 

Duck Hunt in the Mansion

4-6pm in the Rotch-Jones-Duff Garden
(396 County St)

Duck Hunt:
Find a brass duck figurine which has been placed somewhere inside the 1834 mansion. Those who successfully complete the challenge will win a small prize from the gift shop.


2 Exhibits, a PopUp & a Postcard Project
at the NB Art Museum

4-8pm at the New Bedford Art Museum (608 Pleasant Street)

Dear Malcolm Postcard Project
This summer and fall, the Art Museum will collaborate with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (and Uncommon Threads exhibition partner) to engage the community in the Dear Malcolm Postcard project. Stop by to color, write, and cut out a postcard to Malcolm X. 

Postcards will be collected by NBAM for display in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors’ Center through November.
Get Out & Art PopUp Show
Featuring artwork done by youth during this summer’s Get Out & Art program, sponsored by the SouthCoast Community Foundation. Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. CarterA solo exhibition celebrating Massachusetts-born Ruth E. Carter’s 30-year career as an Academy Award-winning costume designer. Featuring costumes from Dolemite Is My Name (2019), Roots (2016 reboot)Selma (2014), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Malcolm X (1992), the exhibit follows Carter’s creative process and include sketches, mood boards, iconic costumes, and other ephemera from her Los Angeles studio. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion The latest exhibition at the Art Museum by New Bedford Library’s Art Curator, Allie Copeland. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion is the Library’s latest exhibition featuring historic photographic studies of animals in motion and early motion-picture projection.

Downtown Planning Happy Hour! 

4-5pm on Zoom 

Downtown Planning Happy Hour!
Hosted by City of New Bedford, NBEDC, NB Creative
New Bedford is participating in the Local Rapid Recovery Program to help communities develop plans for downtown and commercial districts. After surveying downtown establishments, collecting data, and hearing input from the general public, the consultant team from WGI will present their findings and recommendations. WGI is a national engineering, design, and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for infrastructure and real estate development.

This meeting is open to the general public, and your input is critical to develop a plan that meets the needs of local businesses and informs future policy decisions.

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Music & Art on William Street 


Shop Local Art!
New giclee prints and note cards from Alison’s “In the Neighborhood” series about New Bedford (currently on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum). Plus original artwork by select guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics & macrame.

Guest Pop-up in the Gallery: Anika Tyshia Skin Care
A New Bedford based skincare collection that sells all-natural  chemical-free products including body butter, sugar body scrub, rose facial serum, herb body oil, bath salt and soaps.

5:30-7:30pm outside Celia’s Boutique
& the Alison Wells Gallery 

An Outdoor Duet, Part 3
Put on your dancing shoes for a live performance by acoustic duo Montage Bleu featuring Annette Almeida and Kim Mitchell performing an eclectic blend of covers spanning many decades and styles. Enjoy complex arrangements, intricate harmonies and multiple instruments! 

2 New Shows!

5-8pm at Gallery X (169 William Street) 

Monochrome X in the Main Gallery
An exhibition of monochromatic works submitted by our artist members and the community. White is the blending of all colors, black is the absence of color; between, infinite possibilities. Artists have used a single color as a vehicle for exploring both the potential and limitations of image making, using this reductive formula to experiment with composition, tonality and subject matter.

Two Perspectives on Nature in the Douglass Gallery
Featuring the works of Gallery X members Lisa Goulart and Herby Thompson.


Music & Art on the Front Porch

5-7pm at the Drawing Room 
(36 N Water St)

Music & Art with Kathi Taylor and Bob Dunlap 
This musical duo combines guitar, percussion, and vocal harmonies to create a big sound in a small package. Kathi will also have a pop-up shop for her art business, KatCo Creations.

There will be chairs set up around the block, but feel free to bring your own to ensure you have a seat for the performance.

Swing By The South End

5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

New Works 
at the Judith Klein Art Gallery

New jewelry by Nitza Attali and wood work by Andrew Peppard. Plus  printmaking, drawings,  acrylic, oil and mix media by
Judith Klein.

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 

Use main entrance
2nd floor Suite 2-87

Killburn Open House Stop by from 5-8pm for art receptions, art demos
and tours of the mill. 

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Enter at Door #4
The Artisan Center is on the 2nd floor


Booker T Washington Stopped Here 


5-8pm at Pilgrim UCC (635 Purchase St) 

Crafts, Resources & a History Lesson with Mercy Meals & More

Mercy Meals & More will be opening the Pilgrimm UCC Hall for AHA! night. The hall is a historic building and part of the history includes a visit by Booker T Washington.

Stop by for
– a ‘museum-style’ history lesson
– crafts 
– refreshments 
– on-site resources from MM&M 

Galaxy Girls Stellar Storytime

5-7pm in the First Unitarian Church NB Garden (County & Union St)

Galaxy Girls Stellar Storytime…Women in Space!
Learn about the women who reached for the stars!  


Celebration for Arthur and Jean Bennett 

5:30-7:30pm in Custom House Square 

Celebration for Arthur and Jean Bennett
Join the staff and community partners of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in celebrating and recognizing two of New Bedford’s biggest supporters and cheerleaders!

Gather at Custom House Square: 
– 5:30pm Recognition for Arthur and Jean’s decades
of community service  
– 5:30pm-6pm Mingling and re-connecting;
New Bedford Symphony quintet performance 
– 6-6:30pm Speaking program
– 6:30pm-7:30pm Mingling, light refreshments,
and New Bedford Symphony quintet performance 

History & Architecture
with the NB Preservation Society

5:30pm at the James Arnold Mansion
(427 County St)

“That  Should Be In A Museum” Tour
The New Bedford Preservation Society and the New Bedford Museum of Glass host a walking tour highlighting the extraordinary stained glass windows of the Unitarian and Grace Episcopal churches. Kirk Nelson, Executor Director of the Museum, will join Bruce Barnes to tour the Churches as well as other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Museum of Glass at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open to participants after the tour.  

Please bring a mask for the interior parts of this tour.

Any Time

Downtown New Bedford – The Definitive Tour 
Take a walking tour of historic downtown New Bedford with your guide Bruce Barnes. Visit some of the definitive downtown landmarks including the New Bedford Free Public Library, City Hall and many of the most important and beautiful commercial buildings including banks and department stores.Click To Watch
Historic Property of the Week: 
an in-depth look at a historic property in the city.New Bedford Historical Vignettes:
An in-depth look at a historically significant event, place or space. 
This month’s historical vignette features the Railroad Depots of New Bedford’s Past.Click To View 

Jazz Music under the Jazz Wall 


5:30pm & 7:15pm 
in the Fiber Optic Center parking lot 
(23 Centre St)

Enjoy jazz music under the Jazz Wall!

Centre Street Sessions
Presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound 

Enjoy a live jazz/r&b performance by Joaquin Santos and Friends! 
Featuring Joaqiun Santos (leader and drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Evan Cole (vocals), and Adonis Martin (keyboards).

Ten Tiny Dances
One Tiny Stage

5:30pm & 7pm on Purchase St
(in front of the Zeiterion)  

Ten Tiny Dances®
Featuring performances by:
Andy Russ
Tyler Catanella
New Bedford Ballet
Jessica Howard with live music by Molly O’Leary
Heidi Henderson
Jenna Gross / Jillian McLaughlin
Margot Aknin with choreography by Katie Moorehead
of Island Moving Co.
Laura Sanchez 

Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced by founder Mike Barber and others, with permission. Please see for more information.


Take a Seaport Artwalk



Seaport Artwalk: Tides & Time

New Bedford’s annual Seaport Art Walk was founded in 2013 by artist Jessica Bregoli, and was the city’s first large format outdoor public art installation. Each summer, sculpture and murals are strategically placed along New Bedford’s working waterfront and Seaport Cultural District.

The 2021 exhibit, “Tides and Time,” features sculptures and murals  created to reflect or comment on our ever-changing climate, whether that be the ocean, environment, economy, politics, or social justice. This juried outdoor exhibition will be on view July through October.

This years Art Walk features:

Alanna Boucher, with participating New Bedford High School students, created a sculpture called “Hashtag Change.”

Marcus Cusick of Open Eye Movement, working with Chief George Spring Buffalo of the Pocasset, presents a mural that brings to light the true histories that surround the Pokanoket nation.

When Jacob Ginga was 19 he got a job working for a small oyster farm run by a family who had been shellfishermen for over 5 generations. His very first artwork displayed in New Bedford galleries were portraits of these father figures. In an attempt to process his grief of their loss this year, he is creating portraits of them again.

Eric Lintala’s fiberglass and metal sculpture titled “Enough is Enough” represents the defeat and hopelessness of the many injustices that still plague our country and the world.

Erin Meade, an art teacher at Keith Middle School in New Bedford, has always loved the simplicity of window installations. Her design of a 30-foot installation incorporates all different types and sizes of plastic bottle caps to create movement and playfulness through a wave and whale form.

Opening for Women’s Work: At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community  

6-8pm at the NB Fishing Heritage Center 
(38 Bethel St)

Opening Reception for the new exhibit Women’s Work:
At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community

More info to come. 


Opening for Weirdos

6-9pm at the Co-Creative Center 
(137 Union St)

Opening Reception for Weirdos
New Paintings by Phillip J. Mellen
Artist Bio: Phillip J. Mellen b. 1976 lives and works in Taunton, MA. Received his Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Has exhibited both nationally and internationally where he is also part of numerous private collections.  

Return of the AHA! Mini-Concert

6-7pm at Interwoven 
(634 Pleasant St)

The Return of the AHA! Mini-Concert hosted by Scott Bishop 

Featuring performances from two New Bedford-based singer/songwriters.

Hooly J Chan
Often self-described as a fairy or alien, Hooly J Chan moves through the world writing songs, singing and playing the ukulele. Holly has written and released two albums in the past two years: “Hospital Socks” and “Make Believe.”

Cassie Soares
A singer/songwriter based out of New Bedford. Cassie’s roots grew from days spent with her ukulele and have since evolved into her ever growing style playing her electric guitar. Cassie will be releasing her first album “Past Tense” this month. 

A maker space gallery that brings together the craft of making food and fabric with its connection to cultures from all over the world. A creative space, rental opportunity for pop ups, gallery showings, classes, private events, consignment sales and more.
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Virtual Local History Guild Lecture 


6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

Race and the Voting Block in Antebellum New Bedford

A Virtual Local History Guild Lecture
presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum 

Join a conversation about race, voting, and politics in nineteenth century New Bedford and America. Whaling Museum Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer moderates this discussion with esteemed scholars Van Gosse, author of The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War, and David Waldstreicher, Editor of Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century.

David Waldstreicher is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009) and Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution, and edited a two-volume edition of The Diary of John Quincy Adams, 1779-1848 for the Library of America. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic and The Boston Review, and he is currently finishing a biography entitled, The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley.

Van Gosse is a Professor of History at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous articles and books on post-1945 politics and social movements, including Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America, and the Making of a New Left. More recently, he has written on African American politics in the antebellum era, including his 2021 book, The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War.  He is also co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy (


Fashion & Music Virtual Panel Discussion 

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Virtual Panel Discussion featuring:
Clare Tattersall of ThunderLily
Dani Slocki of vSpace
DJ Cherish the Love
Rick Davy, Founder of Fashion Week Brooklyn
And one New Bedford participant to be announced!
Hosted by Adrian Burke from South Coast Surface Design

Featured In-Studio Artist: ThunderLily by Clare Tattersall
Clare Tattersall is the founder of ThunderLily and Digital Fashion Week NY. With two decades of experience innovating at the intersection of fashion design x technology, she develops tools and strategies to influence the future of the fashion industry and make the world a better place. She consults with designers and brands to create smart garments and has launched workshops for young designers to explore engineering and technology through learning fashion design and wearable tech.



Student Showcase & Open Mic  

6:30pm at Dream Out Loud 
(1 Johnny Cake Hill)

Student Showcase
Featuring all original creative work created in our Creative Careers Program including an intimate outside performance of original youth musical performances, a special highlight of our summer Girls Rule program, and a showing of our artwork created in our “Get Out and Art” program. Showcase will be followed by an open mic event.


DATMA presents Water2021


DATMA Presents 3 Outdoor Exhibitions

Harvesters of the Deep: Portraits of Fisherwomen from
South Korea, America, and the United Kingdom
Featuring insightful, life-sized portraits celebrating women working in the fishing industry. Photographers include: Phil Mello presenting photographs of New Bedford fisherwomen; Hyung S. Kim’s photographs of Korean shellfish divers (aka Haenyeo) and Craig Easton’s photographs of English smokehouse workers (aka “The Herring Lasses”). View this outdoor exhibition in-person on the custom designed kiosks next to the Seaport Art Walk positioned along  New Bedford’s State Pier and the second half of the exhibition on the grass of the YMCA located on Union Street at the corner of Union & N. 2nd Street.

280 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes
13″ x 13″ x 13″, 2011/2021 by Zimoun

Internationally renowned Swiss sound-installation artist Zimoun exhibits his intricate sculpture, using motion and sound, to evoke creative interpretations, at the College of the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at the University of Massachusetts’ (UMD), Star Store location. It will be presented in the corner gallery on the main intersection of Union Street and Purchase Street; the heart of downtown New Bedford.

Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep
This exhibit presents scientific archival photography using advanced underwater video technology developed by School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMass Dartmouth Professor Dr. Kevin Stokesbury and his research team. The photos capture the diverse ecosystems of our region’s seafloor and the women in fisheries science conducting this important research. Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep is displayed on storefront windows on a series of historic buildings in downtown New Bedford along Union Street between Acushnet Avenue and North 2nd Street.




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 IRL AHA! programming at 6pm (see listing above)
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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! 9am – 5pm with reserved timed admission
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 6pm (see listing above)
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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 5pm 
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 3-8pm (see listing above)
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming at 4pm (see listing above) 
Click For More Info 

New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-3pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above) 
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