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Part of SouthCoast Spring Arts

Launching on May 7th 2021, SouthCoast Spring Arts is a celebration of the place and presence of the arts in communities across the SouthCoast. Local arts organizations are presenting innovative, creative, affordable, and participatory art and cultural events across the region from Fall River to Wareham.

Events take place from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 16.
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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
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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 5-7pm (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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(V)AHA! Programs 

Celebrate SouthCoast Spring Arts
at the Drawing Room 

11am on Zoom
Registration Required by May 10th

Made to Order Tiles with Wanderlust Ceramics
Learn how to design a custom backsplash. Craig Crawford of Wanderlust Ceramics will present visual materials and a demo of the tile making process from original concept to installation.
Bring your ideas and questions! 

5-7pm on the Drawing Room Front Porch  

An Evening of Art & Music with Butch McCarthy
Butch will play an acoustic set outside on the front porch and will have a number of his paintings available for purchase. Drop by to hear his music and pick your favorite painting.


4pm on Zoom

Author Talk with Graphic Novel Writer Jason Viola
Hosted by the New Bedford Public Library 

Comic books are not just fun to read – they can be incredible gateways for learning about the world!

Massachusetts-based graphic novel writer Jason Viola (Science Comics: Polar Bears and Science Comics: The Digestive System) fills his comics with humorous situations, endearing characters, and a lifelong fascination with science.

Join Jason for a behind-the-scenes look at how a comic is made and learn about some of the decisions that go into the construction of a professional comic book page.

Culture & History with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 

3-4:30pm on Facebook Live 

3rd Eye Unlimited Presents
The 5 Pillars of Hip Hop: MC’ing
The first of 6 monthly events (May- October) exploring the 5 pillars of hip hop 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. This event will include live art, music and dance  – and is open to all ages! 

7pm on Zoom 

Sailing to Freedom:
Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad

Join Dr. Timothy D. Walker, Professor of History and Dr Len Travers, Professor Emeritus of History, (both at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) for an interactive ZOOM about their latest book, “Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad.” Sailing to Freedom highlights little-known stories and describes the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans paid and unpaid waterfront labor. The book examines how enslaved people managed escapes from forced servitude along the East Coast, moving from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland to safe harbor in northern cities such as Philadelphia, New York, New Bedford, and Boston.
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in the First Unitarian Church NB Garden 

We Art New Bedford in the Garden 
Jump rope, hopscotch, Miss Mary Mack and more.

5-7pm in Custom House Park
& Wings Court


Join the New Bedford Art Museum’s artMOBILE for the “CarterMOBILE”! NBAM Art Educators will be at Custom House Square/Wings Court with a few of their exhibition partners from the New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and UMass Dartmouth CVPA. Stop by to celebrate NBAM’s newest exhibition, UnCommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter. There will be fun creative activities, free art supply kits, and more.

New Exhibit & Stories by Fishing Families with NB Fishing Heritage Center 

5-7pm at the Center

New Exhibit! More than a Job: Work and Community
in New Bedford’s Fishing Industry
The exhibit explores the industry in New Bedford beginning in the 1900s by considering sustainability, labor unions, diversity, family, community and the “American dream.” It illustrates what the industry does and represents through the voices and stories of those in it. Experience the sound of the fog horn, a mayday call, or a vessel’s engine. View model vessels and various artifacts fishermen have pulled up in their nets, including a mastodon tooth and a Russian belt buckle. Plus decades-old footage spliced with present-day film, which in combination show what has and has not changed in the industry.  

7pm on Zoom  

Mothers, Wives, and Daughters: Stories from Fishing Families
Tune in for a virtual event featuring women from fishing families. These women will share their stories about the unique dynamics within fishing families and the role women have played in supporting those who work the sea.

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5-8pm at Gallery X

Opening Reception for 
Nothing Ordinary:
Senior Thesis Projects from UMass Dartmouth CVPA Photography Senior Class of 2021 
Artists: Ethan Lassey, Shannon Lynch, David Moriarty, Gina Pantalone, Jenna Pierce, Tiffani Pothier, Kane Reese, Noah Tavares

5-7pm at Alison Wells Art Gallery 

We Art NB: Art & Music with Alison Wells 
Saxophonist  “Manny” Escobar will be bringing his eclectic blend of straight-ahead jazz, soul, and contemporary classics with a live performance outside the gallery. Inside, enjoy original paintings, new giclee prints, artist note cards and guest artists.
*Due to Covid-19 restrictions masks will be required.”

5pm on Facebook    

VAHA! Mini Concert
Hosted by Scott Bishop

A special pre-recorded concert featuring a band with South Coast connections and a vital downtown New Bedford institution.

‘Powerhouse Americana’ is how featured band Jake Hunsinger and the Rock Bottom Band refer to their sound, and a quick listen shows how apt description that description is. Based out of Providence, RI, Jake and the band provide dynamic performances with rollicking musical arrangements and tight hillbilly vocal harmonies over good country songs.
Jake Hunsinger online:

Jake and the Rock Bottom Band will perform at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, a must-see attraction for visitors to the city. The performance will happen inside of the Center’s most recent exhibit, More than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Fishing IndustryMore than a Job provides visitors with an introduction to the workings of the fishing industry and explores themes including labor history, immigration, sustainability, and the changing nature of work and community. The exhibit features a replica working deck, scallop dredge, galley table, bunks, historic and contemporary images and footage, and more than sixty audio clips sharing the many voices of the fishing community.
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center online:

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5-8pm at the Co-Creative Center 

Opening Reception for Micro Macro:
A Solo exhibition by Kat Knutsen
A series of paintings and multi disciplinary works.

This is a masked event, limit of 4 people inside the gallery at a time/with an outdoor reception.


Swing By The South End

5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

Kim Barry Paintings & Valorie Sheehan Sculptures
at the Judith Klein Art Gallery 
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.

Killburn 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

History Happy Hour with the Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum 
The 2021 season of H3 invites a local personality to talk about their favorite object in the RJD Museum. This H3 will be presented by Jesse Holstein, Concert Master at the NBSO. As a complement to their talk, Museum staff adds historical context about the same object. Rounding out happy hour, Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, does a demonstration of mixology magic. Join him to mix (and taste) a cocktail from the comfort of your kitchen.

6pm on Facebook  

New Bedford Public Schools Virtual Art Show 2021
Enjoy a video highlighting artwork students have created throughout the year from schools across the district. After watching the video, go to the Fine Arts Department on the New Bedford Public Schools website to check out slideshows of even more NBPS artwork.

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Celebrate Preservation Month
with the NB Preservation Society

6pm at the James Arnold Mansion,
427 County Street

Historic Walking Tour: The Architecture of Nat Smith 

Nat Smith (1866-1943) was one of New Bedford’s most important and prolific native born architects. His building designs include most of the varieties of Colonial Revival style that were popular during his lifetime. Masks required.

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.

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.

6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

In Pursuit of History:
A Conversation About a Great Americana Collection

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

JH. Richard Dietrich Jr. (1938-2007) spent a lifetime collecting colonial American art and artifacts, and founded the Dietrich American Foundation in 1963 with a mission to collect, research, and document historically important examples of American decorative and fine arts, primarily of the eighteenth century.

During the next Local History Guild, Dietrich’s son H. Richard Dietrich III and Deborah M. Rebuke, coeditors of a new book about the collector and the collection, will join Whaling Museum Curator of Maritime History Michael Dyer for a conversation about Dietrich’s passions, the formation of the collection, and how it enhances current understandings of colonial history and material culture. 

7:30pm on Facebook Live

NBSO Behind the Scenes:   
A special rehearsal with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians Andrew Sorg (trumpet), Robert Hoveland (trombone),
and James Monaghan (bass trombone)  

The NBSO is partnering with the South Coast Almanac for SouthCoast Spring Arts on Sunday, May 16. The South Coast Almanac will host a walking book club around downtown New Bedford and an NBSO brass trio will provide music at one of the stops. In preparation for this fun event, the NBSO is sharing the trio’s first rehearsal to show the process of bringing musicians together to perform a new piece of music.

The book club will feature the New York Times bestselling biography On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam
C. J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles, which in 2020 was adapted into
the Netflix mini-series Self Made. The brass trio will perform and
talk about a few pieces from the mini-series.

Animation & Fashion Intallations
at UMD CVPA Star Store 



Animation and Video Art: Projected!

Participating Artists: Professor Mark Millstein and his Spring 2021 Projection Art class; Mako Burke, Mike Correia, Michael DeSouza, William Ferrari, Armani Marquez-Chaves, Jacob Muñoz, Darley Ortiz-Garcia, Gina Pantalone, Sarah Seguin and James Tooker

A variety of art and design looping video produced for large projection onto the Union Square office building in Downtown New Bedford across from the Star Store on Purchase Street. The work was created this semester for a new course in projection mapping offered to CVPA students.


Any Time   

Art as Fashion/Fashion as Art

UMass Dartmouth Students alongside established textiles artists and designers will display their wearable art pieces n the Star Store Campus windows on Union Street. The collective theme for “Art as Fashion / Fashion as Art” is Art that is Wearable, as well as the art developed during the creative process, featuring the finished fashion, illustrations, photography, and creative exploration.

The current fashion movement encouraging people to express themselves through their clothing has broadened our idea of what conventional or maybe unconventional fashion can be. These artists have created unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that walk the thin line of what is fashion and what is art.

Organized by UMass Dartmouth Fashion Design in collaboration with South Coast Surface Design (SoCoSD).


Any Time

A Million Dreams: A Video by the SouthCoast Children’s Chorus
Enjoy the latest video by the SouthCoast Children’s Chorus, that is as much about resilience as about making beautiful music. A Million Dreams from the motion picture the Greatest Showman is performed by 19 amazing young singers ages 7-18 from Southeastern Massachusetts under the direction of Dr. Tianxu Zhou.
If you are from the area try to recognize all nine South Coast locations that inspired these singers to DREAM BIG DREAMS for the world they’re gonna make. 

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Welcome To VAHA
A message from Peter Muise, President & CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union 
Thank you to First Citizens’ for supporting VAHA! 
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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.  

Wellness Classes presented by 
the New Bedford Wellness Initiative 

on Facebook Live 
8am – Qigong & Meditation with Marcia Rath 
10am – Meditation with Marcia Hathaway 
11am – Yoga with Nikki Winning 
7pm – Yoga Nidra with Carly Baumann 

Virtually Visit The Cape Cod Museum Trail

Live Patient Update 
with the National Marine Life Center

noon on Facebook Live 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with seals and sea turtles? Want to peak “Behind-the-Scenes”? Join on Facebook LIVE to hear about the current seal and sea turtle patients in the care of National Marine Life Center and how the staff are getting them back on their “flippers” so they can return to the wild.

The Nantucket Historical Association presents The Hunt: A Whaling Voyage 
Mix up your favorite cocktail or mocktail and enjoy a story that has been told since the 1930s, when retired whaling captain George Grant became the first “custodian” of the Nantucket Whaling Museum and shared his first-hand whaling experiences with museum visitors. That began a long-standing tradition of telling this same story, passed down to each new generation of museum interpreters. This 2020 version of The Hunt has been updated to tell the story of a whaling voyage aboard the whaleship Edward Cary 1854-58. The 20-minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A and comments.

Connect From Your Couch 
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.

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 would like to share your work and your story at the May 14th VAHA!
Submission Deadline: May 12th

The Buttonwood Park Zoo hosts
A Virtual Keeper Chat
11am 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.

The 5 Pillars Of Hip Hop Series 
presented by 3rd EyE & 
the NB Whaling National Historical Park
3-4:30pm on Facebook Live 
Featuring music, dance, spoken word 
and live painting. 

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.

VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 

5pm on Zoom 
Tune in for this mini-concert featuring 4 New Bedford-based artists playing original music: 

Kittens Slay Dragons 
A synthwave duo (Sarah Donner & Michael McClane) that sings upbeat songs 
about cats, depression, and nerd culture.

Chris Evil (aka Chris Guaraldi) 
Evil has been playing music in a number of bands in and around New Bedford for over twenty years–starting with hardcore punk band Chris Evil and the Taints, to gothic country band the Blood Moons to the post-punk/college rock (and current band) Sick Pills. 

Brian Cass 
Guitarist and music technologist, first with a Commodore 64 home computer and then a guitar a few years later. Cass has been employed by Grammy awarded artists, international software developers and world-class recording studios and is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music teaching courses in Electronic Production and Design. 

Scapeghost (aka Scott Bishop)
Scapeghost dips into pop songs with weird sounds, ranging from crunchy punk-pop to dreamy shoegaze to ambient landscapes.

May Is Preservation Month 

Intro to Historical New Bedford 
presented by the NB Preservation Society 
This virtual tour is conducted by the venerable Bruce Barnes and is an introduction to historical New Bedford that explores the history of whaling, the textile industry, to abolitionism through the people and architecture.

WHALE 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting 
All are welcome, members and non-members, to celebrate another successful year for WHALE with new projects, staff, and board members at their first ever virtual annual meeting. Hear from Executive Director, Teri Bernert, and WHALE Board President, Andy Burnes. 
All registered participants will receive a follow up email with information on how to join in virtually.

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

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month 

Curbing the Culture of Shame: 
A Conversation on the Impact 
of Cyberbullying

Presented by The Marion Institute in partnership with the New Bedford Lyceum
6pm on Zoom 
A moderated discussion responding to themes presented in the award-winning documentary “Audrie & Daisy”, a film that takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

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.

A Creative Night at the Drawing Room 

In the Wake of the Willows: Author Reading with Frederick & Amy Thurber
6pm on Zoom 
Have you ever wondered what adventures the local wildlife are up to? Join Fred and Amy Thurber as they read aloud from In the Wake of the Willows, while taking a visual tour through the book’s artwork by Amy Thurber. If you’d like to read along, copies of the book are available for purchase at The Drawing Room. (contactless pickup for local readers.)

Virtual Beer Tasting
Featuring Turtle Swamp Brewing
7:30pm on Zoom
Corey Nuffer will walk you through four of Turtle Swamp brewings current offerings: Orange Line NEIPA, 02130 Copper Kolsch, All Ears Golden Ale, and Fine. A Sour Beer.


Calico Sale 
6pm on Facebook Live 
Join Elissa Paquette, owner of Calico, for a Facebook Live Sale. 
Tune in for first dibs on brand new markdowns. Shop online at www.shopcalico.com

Celia’s Boutique Fashion Show 
Enjoy a virtual fashion show of spring and summer styles, 

New Bedford Festival Theatre presents
“From NBFT With Love!”
6pm on Facebook Live
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.

Make Surreal Collage Scenes with Alison Wells 
6pm on Facebook Live 
Get creative at the Virtual Collage Table. All you need is old magazines 
(cut out any images that interests you), glue, scissors, blank sheets of white or colored paper.

with Erin Poyant, co-owner of Solshine Yoga
6:30pm on Facebook 
Solshine Yoga located in New Bedford, Massachusetts is not just a yoga studio, they are a unique yoga experience incorporating different styles of yoga, reiki, meditation, aromatherapy, sound healing, energy medicine and more. 

UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
Artist Talks introduced by guest speaker and artist Mark Dion

We Came to Fish, We Came to Work:
Stories of Immigration
Exhibit Launch & Virtual Concert
presented by the NB Fishing Heritage Center 
7pm on Facebook Live 
A virtual concert featuring local musicians Ana Vinagre, Candida Rose, and Johan Gundersen who will present songs from and about Portugal, Cape Verde, and Norway.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents
From the Penthouse to the Outhouse  
7pm on Facebook Live 
A Bach-centered performance and Q&A with NBSO concertmaster Jesse Holstein.

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks presents

Artist Chat with Stacy Latt Savage: Art & Life during COVID-19
7pm on Facebook Live & Youtube Live 
A Creative Conversation in studio with NBAM artist-in-residence Stacy Latt Savage about her current work in the Museum.

She Persisted: 
Women Artists of New Bedford, 1900-2019
Highlighting female-identified artists from the New Bedford Public Library’s collection.

South Coast Surface Design hosts 
Textile Artists Elin Noble & Deborah Baronas 
An on-line get-together with two well-known Surface Design / Textile Artists.

Anomaly Poetry Virtual Open Mic
7-9pm on Zoom
They’re taking their popular monthly
event to the digital world.
Zoom link will be posted the night 
of the event. 

A Whaling Descendant Performs In Four Acts 
Hosted by Salty Xi Jie Ng & the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
8pm on Zoom 
An intergenerational, intercontinental film collaboration. A whaling descendant contemplates his lineage, anthropomorphism, and the lingering mythology of whaling. He is inside the belly of a whale. He is everyone before him who killed a whale. He is a whale. Can whaling mean ‘being a whale’?

The Comfort of Gratitude
Presented by Caroline Paradis & Kelley Cabral-Mosher of Elevate Southcoast
8:30-9pm on Zoom
Gratitude is a simple but powerful tool that we can use to bring more happiness into our lives. Join Caroline & Kelley for 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.

Virtual Exhibit & Printmaking Demo 
with Judith Klein 

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.

Virtual Tour of the House of Glass
with artist Tracy Barbosa

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