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.



Cultural Organizations

3rd EyE Unlimited
38 Bethel Street, 2nd Floor, Downtown New Bedford
The mission of 3rd EyE is to:
Engage and empower youth to become leaders to positively transform their community; Build a movement to improve the community, centered around the principles of economic and social equality, with young people being an instrumental part of that movement in roles of leadership and action; Increase levels of understanding, awareness, confidence, self-esteem, and hope in youth through providing opportunities, mentoring, creative outlets, and resources; and, Unite young people, using Hip Hop, a common cultural art form and voice for the people, to engage and empower youth to positively change themselves and their community.

Bristol Community College - New Bedford Campus
800 Purchase Street
508-678-2811, x4002
Located in the heart of downtown, BCC New Bedford offers a wide range of programs and state-of-the-art facilities in a unique, vibrant, waterfront setting. Everything you would expect to find at BCC can be found conveniently on the New Bedford Campus, which is housed in two buildings downtown: 800 Purchase Street and 188 Union Street. That means you’ll have full access to tutoring labs, support services, a library, bookstore, cyber café, and the most modern computer labs around. In particular, BCC New Bedford takes pride in being a hub for the Health Sciences. You’ll find innovative programming, like eHealthCareers and training labs that are as close to the “real thing” as possible.

Dream Out Loud Center for the Arts
1 Johnny Cake Hill
(508) 990-9090
The DOLC mission is to advance personal and career goals of South Coast residents through innovation, education and mentoring. This is primarily done through their Creative Careers Program, which uses creative writing, graphic design, music, theater and video production to inspire a healthy and vibrant community. The DOLC center provides a supportive environment for both youth and adults who are pursuing a creative path and/or career.

First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
Corner of Union & County Street
An active urban Unitarian Universalist congregation in historic downtown new
Head out into the garden & walk the labyrinth or view the
Tiffany Mosaic depicting a seeker on a religious journey.

New Bedford Friends Meeting
83 Spring Street
New Bedford Friends (Quaker) Meeting is an active Meeting attended by modern-day Quakers whose beliefs include "a dual commitment to spiritual awareness and social activism".
ALL ARE WELCOME at silent worship, held every Sunday morning at 10 - 11am.

New Bedford Historical Society
Nathan and Polly Johnson House
PO Box 40084
New Bedford, MA 02744
(508) 979-8828

The New Bedford Historical Society is dedicated to interpreting, researching and celebrating the legacy of African-Americans, Cape Verdeans, American Indians, West Indians and other people of color in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

New Bedford Preservation Society, Inc.
388 County Street
P. O. Box 1618
New Bedford, MA 02741
Tues & Thurs (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or by appt.

The Preservation Society is a private, non-profit organization run by private citizens who volunteer their time and effort to annual Holiday House Tours; a Spring House and Garden Tour; historical cemetery tours; a historic marker program; an urban landscaping program (New Bedford Re-Leaf); a self-guided series of interpretive booklets on historic New Bedford neighborhoods and their architecture; lectures on local history and many other programs.
Email nbps2000@yahoo.com

New Bedford Free Public Library
613 Pleasant Street
508 991-6275
Special Collections 508 961-3104
Library Administration 508 991-6279

A free public library since 1852, the New Bedford Free Public Library Art and Archives rooms acquire, preserve and provide access to records created by, for and about the community of New Bedford and the surrounding area. These materials include records of local government, manuscripts, rare printed books, lithographs, paintings, sketchbooks, catalogs, photographs, historical prints, broadsides, sheet music, architectural drawings, oral histories, material on local artists and maps concerned with the history of the community. The Library often hosts exhibits and performances on AHA! Night.

New Bedford Public Schools
Paul Roderigues Administration Building
455 County Street
(508) 997-4511

Superintendent's Art Gallery Exhibit: "Celebrating Creativity" over 100 pieces of exemplary student artwork. The exhibit is changed four times a year.
contact: Kerri Quinlan-Zhou, Director of Fine Arts x 3352

Pilgrim United Church of Christ, UCC
634 Purchase Street, at the corner of School St.
(508) 997-9086

This church has joined AHA! as a programming partner in order to provide a performance space for community groups and also to host their own cultural events. See listings for monthly offerings. Church sanctuary features a Tiffany mosaic and window which can be viewed on select AHA! Nights.

Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE
128 Union St.
(508) 997-1776

WHALE is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the value and reuse of greater New Bedford's historic structures through preservation, education and advocacy. WHALE is supported, in part, by its members and grants from the Island Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation.

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