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Operating much like a bookmobile, our purple vans and experienced art educators engage children and the elderly with fun educational art activities at community sites across New Bedford and the SouthCoast.

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About the artMOBILE

This year the iconic purple artMOBILE vans will launch their 27th summer of bringing art to the community. This outreach program will continue to be a free and accessible source of creativity where youth will engage in artistic and inventive instruction with quality art supplies.

About Creative Care

Creative Care, the artMOBILE's latest program, brings curated art kits and classes to senior citizens in our community. The 2021-2022 session is made possible through grants provided by the Association for the Relief of Aged Women of New Bedford, SouthCoast Community Foundation, and Coastline Elderly Services Office of Elder Affairs.

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Help us keep the artMOBILE running in 2022 and beyond!


The artMOBILE program is sponsored in part by The SouthCoast Community Foundation, Kaplan Foundation, Children’s Art Fund, New Bedford Day Nursery, New Bedford Community Development Block Grant, Wicked Cool Places financed by the city of New Bedford’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, our patrons and members.