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

The artMOBILE summer schedule


Weekly Visits to Select Locations

artMOBILE #1

    • Mondays
      • 11:15 am-12:15 pm: Shawmut Village
      • 1 pm-3 pm: Ingraham Place
    • Tuesdays
      • 10 am-12 pm: Brooklawn Park
      • 1 pm-3 pm: Harrington Park
    • Wednesdays
      • 11:15 am-12:00 pm: Parkdale
      • 1 pm-3 pm: Dennison Memorial
    • Thursdays
      • 10 am-12 pm: Dottin Place
      • 1 pm-3 pm: Presidential
    • Fridays
      • 11:15 am-12:15 pm: Blue Meadows

artMOBILE #2

  • Mondays
    • 10 am-10:45 am: Eddie James Park
    • 11 am-12 pm: Westlawn
    • 1 pm-3 pm: Buttonwood Park
  • Tuesdays
    • 10 am-10:45 am: Bay Village
    • 11 am-12 pm: Nashmont
    • 1 pm-3 pm: Satellite Village
  • Wednesdays
    • 10 am-12 pm: Riverside Park
    • 1 pm-3 pm: Clasky Common Park
  • Thursdays
    • 10 am-12 pm: Ruth Street Commons
    • 1 pm-3 pm: Hazelwood Park
  • Fridays
    • 10 am-12 pm: Ashley Park

about the  artMOBILE

This year the iconic purple artMOBILE vans will launch their 26th 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.

The artMOBILE will be incorporating mediums and materials that highlight the Art Museum’s exhibition which will feature Ruth E. Carter, Academy Award-winning costume designer of Black Panther, Malcolm X, Amistad, Do the Right Thing, and other outstanding motion pictures. 

The Art Museum is the recipient of a 2021 Wicked Cool Places grant to bring the “cARTer” MOBILE outreach programming to youth and families in New Bedford together with the New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the College of Visual & Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth (CVPA).

This summer’s programming is funded in part by the Children’s Art Fund, the New Bedford Community Development Block Grant, the Leonard & Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation, and by supporters like you.

Help us keep the artMOBILE running in 2021 and beyond – CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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.

Anonymous Donors
Big Ocean
Sandra Bilodeau
Nancy Braitmayer
Melissa Chester-Letendre
Caroline Conzatti
Peter Covill
Kathy Dinneen
Merry and Ralph Eustis
Daniel Everton (In Memory of Joe Bagaco)
Annette Ewing
Richard A Kellaway
The Lee L. and Judith E. Selwyn Foundation
Margaret Nash
New Bedford Plumbing & Heating Supply
OCD Beverage Catering Co.
Timothy Mahoney
Kristina and Guy Occhino
Jim Sears and Donna Huse
Dr. & Mrs. Gilbert Shapiro
Jamie Simmons
Deb Smook
William Straus and Kerry Shortle
Doris Timmeney