AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA New Bedford

History, Herstory, Our Stories

AHA New Bedford

Abolition Row Park Update with Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society. 5:30pm at the Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street).

Commune-N-Tea Open Mic: Rise
A night of poetry honoring Black History Month. Hosted by Anomaly Poetry at the Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street), 7-9pm.

Photographer Phil Mello presents Working on the Waterfront: Stories Behind the Images, an illustrated talk about shore side industries in New Bedford. 7-8:30pm at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street). The images and stories that will be featured are part of a project conducted by the Fishing Heritage Center through an Archie Green Fellowship from the Library of Congress.

Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street) will feature books celebrating Black History Month. 

We Art NB

2 New Shows at Gallery X (169 William Street):
- Red, The Return: an exhibition that interprets How do you see red?
- Gallery X Members 2020 Show

Uli Brahmst: On Being A Woman at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street).
Reception 6-8pm, Artist Talk 6:30
The artist moves freely between abstraction and the figure, often featuring the feminine and feminist themes and materials that inspire visitors to touch, feel and experience their poignancy. Her imaginative work has been shown extensively in the United States and around the world.

New shows and live art at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street):
- Excavation: Layers of Meaning Curated by Catherine Carter
Featuring artists: Adria Arch, Tracy Barbosa, Resa Blatman, Alma Cummings, Mary Dondero, Steven Duede, Anthony Falcetta, Liza Granata, Nancy Hayes and Jeannie Motherwell.
Opening Reception, 6-8pm
- How to Make Slime: Video and Sculptures by Eli Brown
Eli Brown is an interdisciplinary artist working in writing, drawing, living media, sculpture, performance video, sound, and participatory projects. His projects explore the histories and futurities of queer and trans subjectivities, communities, and intimacies, and deal with anthropocentrism as it relates to conceptions of evolution and species.
Opening Reception, 6-8pm
- SHE PERSISTED: Women Artists of New Bedford, 1900-2019
Curated by Allie Copeland featuring artworks from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s Collection.
Opening Reception, 6-8pm
- Entropy: A live art installation with Stacy Latt Savage
Entropy is an installation that transforms over time. Every AHA! night through May 2020 artist, Stacy Latt Savage will be adding to this installation. Please enjoy the work in progress today and throughout the months to come.

More On AHA! Night

New Bedford Pottery Works (279 Union Street) Open Studio, 5:30-8:30pm. Tour the studio, meet the artist and watch pottery being made. Plus a woman artisan/small business pop-up.

Family Paint Session at Painting at Splash (772 Purchase Street), 6-7:30pm (while supplies last!)

The First Unitarian Church NB (Union and County Street) hosts their monthly open mic event. Doors open and signup starts at 6:30pm. All ages. Bands welcome.

LOVEmoda Open Studio (96 William Street, Studio 1), 6-8pm.
Plant a seed of love for your Valentine! Grab a *FREE reusable drawstring pouch, with Bloomin' Paper Hearts inside. Enjoy live acoustics by local musician, M Scott Signer, starting at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Open House at Groundwork (1213 Purchase Street), 1-5pm:
Stop by for some delicious coffee, cocoa, and Valentine’s baked goodies from Scuttlebutt Coffee, and get work done to the soothing sounds of live piano by Midori Evans. Check out the new show in the Groundwork Gallery - Hatched featuring art by Allen Tseng, Adrian Tio, Tracy Barbosa and Kim Barry. Plus there’ll be crafty supplies on hand to make your own Valentines. This is a great opportunity to see what coworking is all about. Bring a project, bring a friend, and stay a while.


2020 AHA! Nights  
February 13, 2020 History, Herstory, Our Stories
March 12, 2020 All Sewn Up
April 9, 2020 Sustainable SouthCoast
May 14, 2020 We Art NB
June 11, 2020 Pride
July 9, 2020 Kids Rule
August 13, 2020 Lighting The Way
September 10, 2020 Creative Cultures
October 8, 2020 Art In Tune
November 12, 2020 Made In NB
December 10, 2020 Starry Night

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 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.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.