Partner Directory

New Bedford’s creative, cultural, and business communities come together on the 2nd Thursday of each month to present AHA Moments: inspiring, festive adventures filled with art, music and history as well as eclectic dining and shopping.

Cultural OrganizationsGalleries & Artist StudiosYouth & Education

3rd EyE Youth Empowerment

3rd EyE draws inspiration from the 5 Pillars of Hip Hop (Knowledge, MCing, DJing, Graffiti, Bgirl/Bboy) and utilizes these Pillars to create programs that are authentic, engaging and unique.

Galleries & Artist Studios

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery

“Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery” 106 William St. is conveniently located on the cobblestone streets of historic downtown, New Bedford MA. The gallery showcases the paintings of owner Alison Wells (Caribbean born Mixed Media Artist) and offers Original Paintings; Giclee Prints; Note Cards & Guest Artwork. Wells gives Art classes & Workshops on-line and at her Gallery. For further information contact Alison Wells at alisonwe@gmail.com or
774-526-6550

Cultural OrganizationsGalleries & Artist StudiosTheater / Performing Arts

Gallery X

New Bedford’s most accessible and longest running community art gallery and performance venue. Features a rotating schedule of exhibitions, live music, and more!

Museum & Attractions

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is dedicated in engaging audiences with relevant exhibitions, exemplary education, and creative experiences as a vital center for the arts.

Cultural OrganizationsMuseum & AttractionsYouth & Education

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

Cultural OrganizationsLive / StayMuseum & Attractions

New Bedford Free Public Library

The New Bedford Free Public Library, through free and equal access to materials, information, knowledge and technology, enriches the lives of the community by cultivating lifelong learners and readers.

Cultural Organizations

New bedford Presevation Society

The Preservation Society is a private, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by private citizens who volunteer their time and effort to an annual Historic Holiday Tour, House and Garden Tours, a Historic Marker Program, the development of self-guided mobile architectural walking tours, an urban landscaping program (New Bedford Re-Leaf), summer walking tours, lectures on local history and historic preservation.

Cultural Organizations

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is to place the world’s finest music at the center of the cultural life of the South Coast community. The NBSO enriches the lives of adults and children through the transforming power of great music, performing concerts at the highest level of professional standards and providing educational programs for children and listeners of all ages that deepen their enjoyment and understanding of music and make it a part of their daily lives.

Cultural OrganizationsMuseum & AttractionsYouth & Education

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

New Bedford was the mid 19th century’s preeminent whaling port and for a time “the richest city in the world.” Come stroll down cobblestone streets, visit the world’s largest whaling museum, tour a whaling merchant’s home and whaleman’s chapel, and walk a 19th century schooner’s decks. Walk in the footsteps of Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass and learn about a remarkable era.

Cultural OrganizationsGalleries & Artist StudiosMuseum & Attractions

Queer Arts Council of New Bedford

The Queer Arts Council of New Bedford (QACNB) provides opportunities, networking, and creative avenues for the LGBTQIA+ (queer) communities in South Coast Mass/RI. We work with integrity, persistence, and conversation to create more spaces and visibility for our community. By engaging the legacy of queer-organizing and local partnerships, we help compensate queer creatives and performers for work they can share in their own community.

Museum & Attractions

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

As an authentic whaling mansion dating to 1834 and the only estate of this type on its original grounds, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (RJD) shares stories about New Bedford’s history, the families and workers that lived on site, life in the 19th and 20th centuries, and whaling’s impact on the world. The one-acre property includes a formal boxwood rose parterre garden, a boxwood specimen garden, and woodland area, and a 19th century wooden lattice pergola. A Greek Revival mansion sits at the north west corner of the estate, and features period rooms and changing exhibitions. The property is a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,500 in the entire country). The Museum is open for general visitation, group tours, events, education programs and private rental year-round. The RJD also serves the local schools with curriculum-related field trips. The historic gardens are free to visit seven days a week and the Museum has a modest entrance fee.

Cultural OrganizationsTheater / Performing Arts

Seaglass Theater Company

Creatively staged productions from opera, musical theater and beyond.

Theater / Performing ArtsYouth & Education

Stage Artistry Studios

Stage Artistry Studios’ mission is to provide the highest caliber of performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities, and to foster individual growth in a caring, supportive artistic community.

Galleries & Artist Studios

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a curated art & design shop featuring original work by dozens of New England artisans. Stop in and discover something beautiful.

Cultural OrganizationsGalleries & Artist Studios

UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery

UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery, Star Store Campus in Downtown New Bedford

Cultural OrganizationsMuseum & AttractionsTheater / Performing Arts

Your Theatre

Non profit community theatre who, in partnership with WHALE, is opening Steeple Playhouse as its permanent home and as a rentable Performing Arts Center for small to medium sized events. Located at the Historic First Baptist building on William St in Downtown NB, attendees will have access to the rich cultural and commercial assets of the historic streets of New Bedford. Due to open early 2023!!! Contact us if you are looking for reasonable space to host your non profit or private event!