Your donation fuels New Bedford's creativity and community

Supporters such as you will help us bring exhibitions, education programs and creative experiences to so many. Thank you on behalf of the children we serve, the community members we engage, and the many members and visitors who benefit from your generous gift.

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Creative Care

The New Bedford Art Museum is honored to partner with the Association for the Relief of Aged Women and Coastline Elderly Services  to offer Creative Care an educational art program for elders. Creative Care consists of two components: thoughtfully curated art kits delivered directly to the homes of program participants and onsite workshops at the Museum led by a professional arts educator. Each week the “care kit”  features a themed arts-based project designed to promote critical thinking skills, independence, motor skills, and mental health. “Care kits” include easy to follow instructions and are available in three languages, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Additionally, The Creative Care program is offered at no-cost to senior women enrolled in the ARAW program and to seniors in the community funded by Coastline Elderly Services. If you are interested in supporting this program and you'd like to give a voluntary donation for Creative Care click the link below. Your support will help us bring exhibitions, art education programs, and creative experiences to our treasured senior community. On behalf of our creative seniors we thank you!


Children's Art Fund

In honor of Merry Eustis, her family has asked that any remembrances be sent to the Museum's Children’s Art Fund.

As a cornerstone of New Bedford Art Museum’s foundation, Merry Eustis has been an integral part of this Museum since she and her husband Ralph co-chaired the Special Events Committee for the New Bedford Art Museum’s extensive 1998 “Audubon Legacy” exhibition. Always a champion of the artMOBILE program, Merry and Ralph helped to sustain its impact for decades even ensuring our newest van got rolling this year to deliver art to thousands of

Through this fund, we can continue to provide crucial arts exposure to youth in our region through engagement and experiences. To learn more about Merry’s legacy and family, please read the announcement composed by her family.


Patron of the Arts

Each year New Bedford Art Museum has been privileged to recognize individuals and organizations that have helped the arts succeed through their generous support and work in the community. Because of them, the arts flourish here in New Bedford.

December 2021 marked the 8th anniversary of this tradition. The Patron of the Arts Program was on hiatus 2022-23 and will resume in 2024.

Previous Patron of the Arts include:

2021- Gayle and Roger Mandel & New Bedford Historical Society
2020 - Norm and Irene Buck & New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
2019 - Allan and Priscilla Ditchfield & Ralph and Merry Eustis
2018 - Senator Mark Montigny, Rep Tony Cabral, and Your Theatre Inc.
2017 - Nelson Hockert-Lotz and The Standard-Times
2016 - Festival Theatre and Neal Weiss
2015 - Peter DeWalt and AHA!
2013 - Island Foundation, Community Foundation, City of New Bedford, and CVPA (known still as Off the Wall)
2012 - Gig Lang and UMass Dartmouth/Jeanne MacCormack (first honorees)

Your tax-deductible donation helps makes these programs and more possible!
New Bedford Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization.