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

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AHA New Bedford

#summerwinds19
presented by DATMA (Design Art Technology Massachusetts)

Under the Silver Current in Custom House Square:
- Alumni of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra perform at 5pm.
Funded by the Creative Commonwealth Initiative of The Community Foundation of Southeastern MA.
- Overhead Arts presents outdoor aerial and circus performances. Look for student performers featuring trapeze artists, stilt walkers, jugglers, and more. Supported by New Bedford Local Cultural Council.

Art at the UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street):
- Elizabeth Keithline: (The Air) As It Moves
Site-specific installation by Elizabeth Keithline creating a play of light and shadows
as it moves in the air.
- Spencer Finch: Wind (Through Emily Dickinson's Window)
- Renee Piechocki (PA), Brandon Forrest Frederick (MO)
Part of the Bubbler Video Gallery Series
- Light Society: Whispers, 2018
Projected in the Star Store lecture hall, this project of Canadian artists explores
the intersections of art, science, and mysticism.

Behind Poetic Kinetics at Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street).
A behind-the-scenes look at an artists process and experience artwork seen around the world created by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics (the team behind Siver Currents, currently floating over Custom House Square).

AHA! Awesomeness

New Bedford Preservation Society presents the Howland Mills Walking Tour*.
The Howland Mill story is one of the most compelling in the history of New Bedford. William D. Howland attempted to establish a utopian community of manufacturing facilities and residential villages that for a brief time was a national model of labor/capitalist harmony. It all came crashing down in financial chaos in 1897 which caused Howland to take his own life. The historic Howland Mill Village, a collection of 50 single family cottages remains as a testament to Howland’s utopian vision. Supported by New Bedford Local Cultural Council.
*This tour takes place in the south end of New Bedford, gather at 302 Bolton Street at 6pm.

Lots going on at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street):
- An Unlikely Story Ukulele Band plays live in the Children's Room, 5pm.
- Kites & the Sea: kite-related photography from the City's collection. Featuring an antique kite once owned by a South Dartmouth family. One special black and white photo will accompany the exhibition showing the family flying the kite in their S. Dartmouth home. Curated by Janis Hodson
- NBF Presents The 1980s to Now: Chen Chen and Rebecca Makkai
This summer, the National Book Foundation hits the road for NBF Presents: Summer with the National Book Awards, bringing National Book Awards-honored authors to libraries across the country. Stop by the NBPL for a conversation with poet Chen Chen (When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities, National Book Award Longlist) and novelist Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers, National Book Award Finalist) on narratives spanning the height of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago to Chinese-American millennials.

#stopandsmelltheroses
Garden Tour with Rick Finneran at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street) starting at 5:30pm.

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

Live Music In DNB

Alumni of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra perform at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street), 6pm.
Funded by the Creative Commonwealth Initiative of The Community Foundation.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) presents punk rock sea chanties with Shark's Come Cruisin'. Outside in the Center parking lot from 7-8pm.

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.

3rd EyE Unlimited presents the Hip Hop in the Garden Art and Music Series. Featuring live music and dance performances plus creative chaos with Doodles Creative Sessions. 6-7:30pm in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park garden (33 William Street).

We Art NB

New Show at Gallery X (169 William Street).
30th Annual Public Hanging: an open art exhibition of all media types; painting, printing, photography, sculpture, textile, ceramics, etc.

New Show at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (608 Pleasant Street).
Opening Reception for SEA SIC: video works by Johannes DeYoung, 6–8pm.
Johannes DeYoung is an artist whose work in experimental animation and time-based media explores themes of animism and human psychology. His practice frequently engages forms that blend computer animation with experimental processes in painting and drawing.


AHA New Bedford

AHA New Bedford


AHA! AT-A-GLANCE

2019  
December 13, 2018 City Sidewalks
FEBRUARY 14, 2019 PLEASE BE SEATED
MARCH 14, 2019 I AM NEW BEDFORD: HERSTORY, HISTORY, OURSTORY
APRIL 11, 2019 SUSTAINABLE SOUTHCOAST
MAY 9, 2019 WE ART NB
JUNE 13, 2019 PRIDE
JULY 11, 2019 KIDS RULE
AUGUST 8, 2019 WIND & WATER
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 #CREATIVECOMMUNITYNB
OCTOBER 10, 2019 ART IN TUNE
NOVEMBER 14, 2019 MADE IN NB
DECEMBER 12, 2019 CITY SIDEWALKS

GENERAL INFORMATION
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.