AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.
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Our AHA! Partners have something for everybody on your list. 
- boutique shops 
- museum memberships
- galleries galore
- tickets to a show
- gift cards to eclectic eateries 

Click here for AHA! Partner info.



Annual New Bedford Public Schools All School Unified Arts Show will take place at the Roderiques Administration Building (455 County Street). Featuring:
- 3,000 pieces of student artwork on display
- awards ceremony for middle and high school students
- live entertainment with NBPS musicians
More info to come.

Setting Forth: a multi-site, outdoor art installation linking maritime history & the soon to be launched SoCo Blueways. Artist Hannah Verlin will give a talk about Setting Forth, 6:30pm, at UGLYgallery (246 Union Street). At 7pm there will be a Trolley Tour leaving from the UGLYgallery & stopping at the other installation locations. A pop-up exhibition at UGLYgallery will feature pieces based on historic texts Verlin researched at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  
The Whaling History Alliance, SOCO Blueways, Buzzards Bay Coalition and UGLY Gallery present the unveiling of the first public sculpture project to accompany the water trail in the Southcoast. This new outdoor artwork will use text and song to link paddlers to the region’s maritime history and to introduce SoCo Blueways, a National Water Trail initiative along the South Coast. Along with 5 locations around the South End there will also be four Downtown locations featuring a Setting Forth Marker—Buzzards Bay Coalition, New Bedford Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center and UGLY Gallery.
For more info about Setting Forth click HERE.
For map of South End locations click HERE.

The Wall at Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) presents local photographer Katie Howland's exhibition, "Unexpected Views" in conjunction with AHA's theme City Views, showcasing international cities from unexpected vantage points. Meet the artist, view her pieces, and taste Travessia's sustainably-produced local wines, Shy Brothers Farm cheeses and Taza Chocolates from 5-8pm.

A South End Event! New Exhibit: Friendship at the Judith Klein Art Studio
Artists include Sarah Daughn, Alison Horvitz, Judith Klein, Sandra Krup, and Sheila Oliveira. Stop by for artist demos throughout the evening. Judith Klein Art Studio (127 Rodney French Blvd. Door #31)


Guest Venue! Watch a video projection on the side of the Custom House
(corner of William Street and North Second Street) from 5:30-7:30pm. Staff from the General Services Administration will be showing a video of the interior and talking about the work to preserve the oldest continuously used Custom House in the United States.

New Bedford Historical Society is hosting an Open House at the Nathan and Mary Johnson House (21 Seventh Street), 6-8pm. Visit the first home in Freedom for Frederick and Anna Douglass. Frederick is among the city's best known Black abolitionists of the 1800s. The Johnsons sheltered Frederick Douglass and his wife, Anna, when they fled north from slavery in 1838. Constructed circa 1800, the house is an Underground Railroad site and a National Historic Landmark.


Take a Preservation Walking Tour with Tony Souza, WHALE’s former Executive Director and nationally known preservation expert.  Tour steps off from the Robeson House (corner of William Street and North Second Street) at 6pm. Followed by a presentation at 7:15pm in the Corson Building Theater at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street).
The Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum presents the 200 Years of Architecture Walking Tour with Bruce Barnes. Beginning with some of the oldest homes in the city and continuing to the late 20th Century, the tour will not only describe the evolving trends and styles in local architecture, it will also illustrate how its buildings reflect the continuing growth of the city and its people. Tour steps off from the Friends Meeting House (83 Spring Street) at 7pm and ends at the RJD (396 County Street).


Where in the world are the 1850s Ladies? National Park staff have caught Ruth and Abby on film around the city; see if you can guess where they’ve been. 6-8pm at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center (33 William Street)

New Bedford Jazz Festival presents Short Sets in Custom House Park (corner of William Street and North Second Street).

Café Arpeggio presents Open Mic Featured Performers Thatcher Harrison & Gary Fish. Featured Performer from 6-7pm and Weekly Open Mic from 7-10pm, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro at Cafe Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street). All are welcome, either as performers or audience members. It's a great way to spend an evening, & the quality of the music is top notch.
Harrison and Fish recently played the Cafe together and were great fun. Many SouthCoast folks know Thatcher Harrison as the 12 year old Wiz-kid of folk music & Jazz.  He & his Dad, Stan, have been seen playing the region since Thatcher was about 6.  Together they have the "Brush Your Teeth Band". Thatcher also plays in Gary's band the "Fish & Chips Band".  Gary has been playing music in our area for many many years, as well as running his own Open Mic & concert series in Rhode Island.  

All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more information call 508-996-8253 x205

First time visitors
may want to start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues starting the Tuesday prior to each event.

Directions: From I-195 E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal; take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street parking also available for free after 6 pm.

Our 2014 Calendar of dates and themes!

May 8, 2014 City View
June 12, 2014 Portraits of a Port
July 10, 2014 Kids Rule
August 14, 2014 A Midsummers Night Eve
September 11, 2014 Festa, Fiesta, Fete: Celebrate NB Cultures
October 9, 2014 Reap What You Sow
November 13, 2014 Homecomings
December 11, 2014 Made in NB

AHA! • The Sundial Building • 63 Union St., 2nd Fl • New Bedford, MA 02740

AHA! (Art • History • Architecture) Night is a FREE arts & culture event which
takes place the 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.

artisans & exhibits / lectures & films / museums & galleries / performance art
live music / working waterfront / eclectic eateries / family activities / walking tours
boutique shops