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

All Sewn Up

Commune-N-Tea Open Mic: Twined
Hosted by Anomaly Poetry at the Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street), 7-9pm. It's fiber arts this month with a poetic spin on it. Bring your poems that help you weave into the pattern of humanity, the kind that can stitch a broken heart back together, or the kind that cuts ties better than a pair of sewing shears.

Opening reception for the Studio Art Quilt Associates Trunk Show to be held in the third floor gallery of the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant St), 5-8:30pm. This show will feature a selection of art quilt squares and is a wonderful way to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers.

The Workers Art Center presents a Textile Industry Talk at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street). More info to come.

Interwoven Traditions: A PopUp Textile Gallery at 634 Pleasant Street presented by Rhonda Fazio.

Women's Herstory

IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art inspired by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the
SouthCoast. Works of art will be displayed in the NBWM lobby and there will be a spoken word contest in the auditorium. 6-8pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill).
See and experience powerful art created by young artists and inspired by remarkable women from history. Many of these original artworks - whether exhibited, written, or performed - highlight the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, honor the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or highlight civically engaged women featured in the New Bedford Whaling Museum project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. All pieces included in the IGNITE Showcase are eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality. IGNITE is supported in part by Mass Humanities, through a grant that was made possible by Mass Cultural Council.  

Shaking the Foundations: An Exhibition Tour with curator, Blair Walker. Walk through the RJD’s current exhibition exploring suffrage in New Bedford and other movements towards equality for women. 5:30pm at the Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street).

Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street) will feature books celebrating Women's History Month.

Remembering Fish Mary
Mary Stanley, known as Fish Mary, was a figure on the New Bedford waterfront and the only female lumper in the 1950s and 1960s. Members of Fish Mary’s family and lumpers and fishermen who worked with her will share stories of her life and work. 6-7pm at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street).

More On AHA! Night

Make Your Own Zine at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street), 5-7pm. All supplies will be provided to create your own magazine, collage, story or add your work to the library.

Create your own personalized signs and banners that raise an environmental issue you want to highlight during the Earth Eve Parade on April 9th AHA! Night and the Earth Day March on April 22nd. All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring additional supplies. 5-8pm at Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street).

Doodles Creative Sessions and 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment present the AHA! Movie Night.
Drop-in for free family friendly screen time or drop the kiddos off ($10 includes a snack) and go enjoy some AHA! adult time. 6-8pm at 246 Union Street

Join April Jakubec, Artist in Residence at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street), for a family-friendly community canvas event. Collaborate on a work of art that represents living with mental health challenges in a bright and positive way. Families are encouraged to participate by creating or decorating a small portion of a 30" x 40" canvas that will be on display during closing reception for April on March 28th, 2020. 6-8pm in the MakerSpace

We Art NB

All About Insects at TL6 the Gallery (100 William Street). They're creepy and crawly and might give you the heebie-jeebies. Some are gorgeous such as the Luna moth. Insects have their place in folk lore and history. Insects are also a intricate part of our eco-system. Let's celebrate insects!

Words of Support at at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street). Highlighting the perspectives of those who help art systems function, thoughts from Star Store security and maintenance staff will be installed in a similar fashion to recently presented Suspended Sentence by Bill Seaman. Conceptualized by Salty Xi Jie Ng.

Reception for Art of Jane Bregoli at Groundwork (1213 Purchase Street), 4-7pm.

The Art of Pat Coomey Thornton and John Havens Thornton 
A curated show by New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! at City Hall (133 William Street)
Artists' Reception 5-7pm 
See works by Pat & John on the 2nd floor as well as Small Abstractions by Pat in the Ashley Room. 
Pat Coomey Thornton and John Havens Thornton are both New Bedford-based artists who have been a part of the New Bedford creative community for decades. These two exhibitions are a celebration of their works and a testament to the talent that continues to come out of New Bedford.

Swing by the South End! Exhibit of Artists & Students 2020 at the Judith Klein Gallery
(127 West Rodney French Blvd, Door 31).

Live art and continuing shows at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- SHE PERSISTED: Women Artists of New Bedford, 1900-2019
Curated by Allie Copeland featuring artworks from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s Collection.


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.