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Thank you all for coming along with us as the AHA! partnership learns about programming in the virtual world.
VAHA! is a way to continue to connect and celebrate our community. The theme for April AHA! Night has historically been the Sustainable SouthCoast; this year it is about the environment which sustains us as a community and how we connect to sustain each other.
Together we are working on the questions of “What does this current challenge make possible?” and “What is it that we can do in this moment to support the mission, the vision and the passion of the arts and culture community in New Bedford?”
Enjoy the offerings and please take the below survey to let us know how it went and what we can do better for May!
Lee Heald, Director of AHA!


Here’s What’s Happening!

Yoga & Meditation presented by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative on Facebook Live 
10am – Meditation with Marcia Hathaway 
11am – Yoga with Nicole Winning 
7:30pm – Yoga Nidra with Carly Baumann 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo hosts
a Virtual Keeper Chat

11am daily (including on VAHA!), 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 To Bring The Zoo To You 

Family Friendly Activities hosted by The Lloyd Center for the Environment
1pm daily (including on VAHA!)
on Facebook & Instagram
The Lloyd Center is focused on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues, and researching coastal ecosystems and endangered species. Join them for DIY family projects related to gardening, hiking, and more.
Click For Facebook / Instagram @thelloydcenter

Live Piano Interludes hosted by Groundwork
2-4pm on Zoom
Listen to Groundwork member, Midori Evans, play live while you get work done at home or simply relax.
Click To Register 

Capturing the Essentials: A Tour of the Museum’s Photography Collections
5pm on Zoom
Join Michael Lapides, Director of Digital Initiatives, as he explores the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s photo archives in search of images depicting the lives and critical nature of our most essential workers.
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Songs That Sustain Us:
A VAHA! Night Mini-Concert
Join five New Bedford-based singer/songwriters as each plays an original song and a cover of a song that sustains them during turbulent times: 
Sarah Donner is an alt pop singer/songwriter playing songs that teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads. Learn more at https://www.sarahdonner.com 
Jake Perrone performs cavernous folk experiments and layered rock structures. 
Learn more at https://www.jakeperronemusic.com  
Scott Bishop, aka Scapeghost, dips pop songs in weird sounds, ranging from crunchy punk-pop to dreamy shoegaze to ambient landscapes. Learn more at https://scapeghostsounds.bandcamp.com
Also performing! Yaya Ortiz  & Hooly J. Chan
Live Stream Paint Night with Painting at Splash 
6pm on Facebook Live & Instagram Live 
Use your own supplies, or purchase a kit that will be delivered right to your house for $15.
Collage Craft with Alison Wells 
6pm on Facebook 
Make a fun and funny paper collage character with recycled magazine paper – at our April VAHA Collage Table… At Home. All you need are: old magazines (that have images of people) glue and any clear sheet of white or colored craft paper.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents
A Journey of Hope 

7-8pm on Facebook Live 
Dana Ianculovici on violin and Kevin Crudder on cello present an hour of music and poetry. 
UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition:
A Virtual Experience 
Brought to you by the College of Visual and Performing Arts 
7pm on Facebook 

New Bedford’s Working Waterfront:
A Virtual Talk by Phil Mello

Presented by the NB Fishing Heritage Center
7-8pm on Zoom
Phil has worked on the New Bedford waterfront for 40+ years and has been taking photographs of waterfront fellow workers since 1975.
Click For Talk

Virtual Wine & IPA Tasting at The Drawing Room
7:30-8:30pm on Zoom
Corey Nuffer, wine salon curator, will take you on an adventure where we learn about and taste a series of local wine and beer through the magic of Zoom conferencing.

Plus, a toast to the 1st Anniversary of The Drawing Room moving to downtown New Bedford!
Click To Join The Party 

The Z presents Grace Morrison Live
7:30pm on Facebook Live 
Enjoy some folk, roots, and Americana music from the comfort of your couch. 
Pay What You Can Virtual Classes 
Drama Tots 
For ages 3-5, explore theatre games, dramatic play, music, movement and more.
Escape Through Poetry 
Explore the poetry of connection – to nature, to our homes, and to each other.
Virtual Hangout with South Coast Surface Design 
7pm on Google Hangout 
– Sustainability themed presentation about eco-positive, responsible design methods
related to “soft-product” design and development.
– Featured Artist, Henna By Heather, will demo new art technics and talk about her Colorang Collection.
– A coloring hang-out session! Make art for a special cause – Face Masks.
Whale Relaxation & Contemplation Session 
Brought to you by UMass Dartmouth CVPA 
8pm on Zoom 
Join CVPA Artist in Residence Salty Xi Jie Ng (live from Singapore!) for a reading of passages from Moby Dick, Among Whales, and The Whale accompanied by a soundtrack of Roger Payne’s Songs of the Humpback Whale. 
Steppin’ Out 2020
Virtual Opening & Digital TAIP Catalog
NBAM/ArtWorks! is proud to launch their virtual exhibition of the 2020 Teen Artist Internship Program Exhibition.
Visit newbedfordart.org/taip during VAHA! 

More On VAHA!

Doodles Creative Sessions &
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment present
Story Time with Lonelle & Nyla

Process Painting Video
with Kat Knutsen
Click For Art

Judith Klein Art Gallery Virtual Exhibit
Available until 4/18 

Participating Artists: Alma Cummings, Michael Hubert, Anthony Miraglia, Patricia White, Phyllis Dobbyn, Sheila Oliveira and Judith Klein.

The Trustees – Haskell Public Gardens 
Reopens To Our Community Today
A beautiful place to engage with nature, enjoy some fresh air, while practicing safe social distancing.

Virtual Tour of the First Baptist Church/Steeple Playhouse hosted by WHALE
For those who missed the live version of the virtual First Baptist Church tour, WHALE will be sharing the recorded video on Instagram @waterfrontleaguenb during VAHA! 

Starting on Friday you can find other recorded tours on WHALE’s Facebook, Instagram, and website.

Virtual Gallery Tour
with Rhonda Fazio 
Click For Tour 

Connect From Your Couch 24/7

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.
Click For Tour 

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.
Click For Tours

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.
Click To Download 

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  
Click To Read

20 Places To Explore A Spring Vernal Pool
Click To Read

30 Places To Discover In 30 Days Around The Bay (updated daily!)
Click To Read 

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.

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.

#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 

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
Virtual Exhibits coming soon to 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. Click For More Info

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

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