At New Bedford Art Museum it is part of our mission to bring creative experiences to our community. Return to this page to get updates on events for the whole family and special events such as our holiday and summer fundraisers.

Creative Care

In collaboration with Taber Mill Apartments and Whaler’s Cove, the New Bedford Art Museum will run the Creative Care program for the senior 65+ residents at each of these locations. No experience necessary! Come as you are. We will provide the art supplies and the instructor.

Mondays: September 4th - 25th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Free for the senior residents in the building who are 65+

Tuesdays: September 5th - 26th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Please email [email protected] to see if you or your loved one 65+ qualifies! 

Sundays: September 6th, 20th, & 27th
9:00am - 11:00am
11:00am - 1:00pm
Free for the senior residents in the building who are 65+

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This program is generously funded by the Association for the Relief of Aged Women and Coastline Elderly Services.

Spaces of Erasure

A lecture produced in conjunction with the exhibition, Under The Sheltering Sky
Wednesday, October 18th
6:00pm - 7:15pm

Nothing seems more obvious today than the change in our environment. When we think of climate change for example we are thinking of global shifts in environments, at all scales and dependent on fractional displacements of atmospheric variables. In all of this one of the first questions that emerges is where is our proper place? What space remains that we can occupy, that provides shelter? And yet, as this lecture will discuss, through a series of historical and political analyses, we are still sorting out the question: what is the difference between the disappearance of space and spaces of erasure?

Peter Macapia

Peter Macapia is a native of the Pacific Northwest, lives and works in Brooklyn. His work in art, architecture, and philosophy explores geopolitics and space. He has taught at Columbia University, The New School for Social Research/Parsons, The Southern California School of Architecture, and Pratt Institute, as well as internationally in Paris, Delft, and Tokyo. He is a visiting critic at Columbia and Yale and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Presidential Fellowship from Columbia University where he received his PhD. Macapia’s work has been published and exhibited internationally and he is currently working on the origin of witness in ancient Greek law, the concept of force in political philosophy since the 19th century, and the problem of justice in the work of Michel Foucault for which he held a seminar at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch. He currently teaches Architectures of Abolition and Spatial Discourses on Race, Gender, and Sexuality at Pratt.

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 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)