Community Artist in Residence (CAIR)

The CAIR Program creates an access point for community members to engage more deeply with the Museum and the Downtown Seaport Cultural District. The program offers local artists space, time, and resources to develop their work. CAIR artists are nominated by the Immigrants Assistance Center,  New Bedford Historical Society, Tomaquag Museum, and New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!.

Now On View
Sandra Santos
8/12 – 10/24/2021

Sandra Santos is a textile artist who creates weavings, quilts, and textile paintings. Santos was nominated by the  New Bedford Historical Society and sponsored by Mahoney Donnelly Associates.

Carl Simmons
5/20/21 – extended until 8/8/21

Carl Simmons is a New Bedford artist who finds inspiration in local history, folklore, & preservation. Simmons was nominated and sponsored by New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!.

12/4/2020 – 2/14/2021

Local organizations nominate CAIR artists, and the Tomaquag Museum nominated artist, educator, and activist Dawn Spears. Dawn’s residency is sponsored by New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) is a doll maker, photographer, multimedia artist, who uses cultural symbolism and the vibrant colors of our natural world as inspiration for her work.


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