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

Made In NB

LOVEmoda Open Studio (96 William Street, Studio 1), 6-8pm. Stop by to shop LOVEmoda products and pick up a free zippered coin pouch - handmade in New Bedford, MA. Enjoy live music by local ukulele player, Cal Wingate, and browse the unique collection of handmade ukulele straps by local sewist, QuiltsandUkuleles. Light refreshments will be served.

Stop by the Nathan and Polly Johnson House (21 7th Street) for the unveiling of the Johnson House Virtual Tour, 5pm. Hosted by the New Bedford Historical Society and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park this event is a  celebration of the Park's 23rd Anniversary.

Enter New Deadford!
Stop by the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park MakerSpace (33 William Street) to meet the artist / creator behind the New Deadford graphic novel, Fitzcarmel LaMarre and view the work in progress.The first 50 people will receive a free signed copy of the prologue. Come on out and see if you recognize your friends and family in this exciting local artwork! 6-8pm

Made In NB Live!
Part 1: Live Art Installation featuring Stacy Latt Savage. Stacy will be installing artwork and available to chat with viewers as she installs. 5-7pm at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks (608 Pleasant Street).

Wings Court Aglow: a light project presented by UMass Dartmouth and New Bedford Creative's Wicked Cool Places and created by students of Professor Stephanie McGoldrick. Featuring music by alt-pop singer-songwriter Sarah Donner. 6pm

Join the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street) for a panel discussion by and about local innovators and their impacts on the fishing industry. Many important innovations have been Made in NB! Panel begins at 6pm, Center opens at 5pm.

Made in New Bedford Pop-Up at Alison Wells Gallery (106 William Street). Featuring the work of woodcarver Bill White. Bill creates hand carved & painted birds, fish and other wildlife. Meet the artist and shop for these one of a kind beautifully made carvings.

Open House at Mass Escape (13 North Sixth Street): Stop by to preview the escape rooms and enjoy cookies provided by Wild Honey Cafe. Plus pick up some Adventures Made In New Bedford gift certificate packs, perfect for unique holiday gift giving.

Make In NB
Join Little People's College to create your own invention/masterpiece using a variety of art mediums and craft materials including yarn, felt, pipe cleaners, foam shapes, stickers and more. 5-7pm on the first floor of the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street).

Commune-N-Tea Open Mic: Made In NB at Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street), 7-9pm.
Join Anomaly Poetry for their monthly open mic gathering and celebrate the creative power of our home base. Bring your original work - or poems you love. Each poet is given five minutes to read.
Ace On Earth will be spinning some tunes, Bilio Herbs will be serving up some amazing hot tea, and the Co-Creative's newest featured artist will be debuting in the gallery.

Mend in NB! Repair Cafe at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store (715 Purchase Street).
Torn jeans? Missing buttons? A hole in your favorite shirt? Bring any clean clothing in need of mending for a visible repair by UMassD CVPA Textiles students for free! Hosted by the Textiles Mending/Sustainable Bling Class.

Stop by Dream Out Loud Center (1 Johnny Cake Hill), 6-8pm:
- Made in NB! Shop the DOLC student artwork marketplace.
- Make in NB! Make music and art with some karaoke and a leaf craft.
- #givewhereyouliveNB! DOLC will be collecting donations for their month long food drive.

Make in NB
Stop by La Vie est Belle Apothecary (30 North Water Street) for DIY essential oil blends. All supplies will be provided along with recipes for relaxation, mood boosters and more. 5-7pm

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

New England Glass: a talk by Kirk J. Nelson, Executive Director of the New Bedford Museum of Glass. New Bedford was celebrated as the "art glass capitol of the country" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its famous Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass factories employed more than 1,200 workers during this period. This lecture will survey their innovative and beautiful products using examples from the extensive collection of the New Bedford Museum of Glass. 5:30pm at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street).

Food, Brews & Live Music - Made In NB! 
- Stop by Cork Wine & Tapas (90 Front Street) for small plates perfect for sharing, wine by the fight and live music with Franki Dennull. Music starts at 8pm. 
- Meet the Brewer at Moby Dick Brewing Company (16 South Water Street), 5-7pm. Join MDB brewmaster, Scott Brunelle, for a tasting and talk about his newest beers - “Eye of the Whale” Scotch Ale, “Rising Wind” German Export Lager and “Glorious Goney” Porter. Plus live music in the brewpub with local musician Andrew Archer from 7-10pm.   

The Workers Art Center (560 Pleasant Street, next to The Baker) presents, 5:30-8pm: 
- New Bedford at Work: an exhibit by local photographer José Soler featuring a collection of images showcasing working New Bedford and its landscape. This exhibit features photographs of many local workers from such diverse industries as fishing, steel manufacturing, fabric manufacturing and more.
- UMass Dartmouth professor, Dr. Ricardo Rosa, will give a talk on the local grassroots efforts in New Bedford to preserve local public schools, and to build diverse community.
- Readings of the work of locally renowned (and New Bedford raised) author Robert Waxler.
- Did you know that the Joseph Abboud Manufacturing on Belleville Ave in the north end makes 1,300 suits a week, or roughly 300,000 suits a year? The process of making one suit jacket includes 200 assembly stages and a thorough quality check to make the finest men’s suits. These suits are proudly made by union labor who number 800 and are members of the New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE. Stop by to learn more about the local union workers who make these beautiful custom suits.  Meet Jason Bergeron, the President of Local 377C of the New England Joint Board UNITE HERE and the Chief of Staff for the union, Ethan Snow. A unique opportunity to learn about how suits, Made in New Bedford, are produced and the people who make it happen.
- Plus live music and community rock painting.
The Workers Art Center is a collaboration of the Greater SE Massachusetts Labor Council, the Teamsters Local 59 and the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center.

Teacher Made in New Bedford
Stop by for an Open House and info sessions with Lesley University. Faculty and staff will answer your questions on how you can complete your bachelor's degree, earn your master's degree in education, or even your PhD. 4-6pm at the DeMello International Center (128 Union Street). Information sessions on programs and admissions running every 30 minutes starting at 4:30pm
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Inspiration: New Bedford at The Drawing Room (36 North Water Street):
Great ideas are created in New Bedford. From historic building renovations to our beautiful waterfront, New Bedford is overflowing with artful inspiration. 
- SKETCH: See what’s on the drawing board.  Anthi Frangiadis is an architect based in New Bedford who creates unique sketches to depict residential, commercial, and community ideas for her clients. You may have noticed some of her sketches on The Drawing Room’s windows. See more of what Anthi is working on with a behind the scenes tour of her second floor studio. 
- PAINT: Paint is one of the easiest ways to spruce up a space. Farrow & Ball recently released a new color palette inspired by nature. Stop by at 6pm for a “Colour by Nature” presentation by Jess Ritchie of Farrow & Ball. She’ll talk about the paint’s historic roots, natural inspiration, and how you can manipulate space with color. Leave inspired to tackle that paint project, and meet our color consultant, Holly Timpson. She can work with you to pick the perfect colors - inside and out.
- WISH: ‘Tis the season for artful giving. But how can you get exactly what you want for the holidays? Fill out a WISH LIST at The Drawing Room. Browse through the shop where you’ll find handcrafted work by local artists (from New Bedford and around New England), then note your favorite items and and leave the list behind. Send your loved ones­ by to shop holiday gifts that will make your artful wishes come true.

We Art NB

The I Know Joe Show: Joe and Hazel Rapoza Memroial Show at Gallery X (169 William Street).

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! hosts the Opening Reception for
City Hall Exhibitions: Works by Pat Thornton (2nd floor) and Helen Granger (Ashley Room).
5-7pm at New Bedford City Hall (133 William Street).

Guest Venue - Open Studio and exhibit at South Coast Surface Design (185 Union Street), 5-8pm. 
Visual Conversations is a photo-based exhibit exploring communication without words. 
Featured artists include Deb Ehrens, Estelle Disch, Diane Collins, Lisa Redburn, Paula Laverty, Jean Schnell, and Karla Bernstein. 

Opening Reception for Girl Fantasy, Weepy Weather: A Solo Exhibition by Madeline Ludwig-Leone. The latest installment in an ongoing series of paintings exploring themes of nostalgia, femininity, and disquietude. Animals, landscapes, patterns, and abstract shapes function as stand-ins for the female figure, combining in unexpected ways to create a more individualized notion of femininity. At once absurd, evocative and unsettling, the paintings are jewel-like windows into enigmatic emotional worlds. 5-8pm at Co-Creative Center (137 Union Street).

Reception and Roundtable for Local Ecologies Project at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store
(715 Purchase Street). Discussion includes exhibition curators, artist and program partners featuring artist Dan Borelli, collaborating artists of Plotform: Jane Marsching and Andi Sutton. Moderated by Dr. Rebecca Uchill. Introduction by UMASS Dartmouth Gallery Director Viera Levitt.
Reception 6-8:30pm, Roundtable 6pm

Also On AHA!

The New Bedford Historical Society co-hosts the Local History Guild Lecture at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill), 6-7pm. Join Ivy MacMahon and Lee Blake of the New Bedford Historical Society for this month's Local HIstory Guild conversation "Teaching the Freed People: Reading the Diary of Ellen Kempton." Ivy and Lee will share the found diary of Ellen Kempton, an abolitionist who traveled South to teach after the Civil War. The LHGL features conversations among area experts, aficionados, librarians, archivists, curators, historic preservation specialists, historians, and collectors.

Look for the New Bedford Starchasers spreading the word about the upcoming United Way Hunger Heroes Food Drive.

- Joseph Alexander paintings and antiques for sale for the holidays at Subtext (209 Union Street).
- The Amazing Art Raffle at Gallery X (169 William Street).

Peace Walk Towards Peace with PACE Youth Build
This walk against youth violence starts on the steps of City Hall (133 William Street) with a candle lighting honoring those we've lost to violence, 6:30pm, and ends at Custom House Square with a Sharing Circle.

Join the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD) for a few AHA minutes as it embarks on its Five Year Consolidated Plan. Tell them how you want to see the city spend federal dollars it receives over the next five years. Stop by for this interactive event that includes an activity for children. All are welcome! In the lobby of 608 Pleasant Street (same building as New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks). 

AHA New Bedford

AHA New Bedford


2019 - 2020  
November 14, 2019 Made In NB 
December 12, 2019 City Sidewalks
February 13, 2020 History, Herstory, Our Stories
March 13, 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.