For the safety of our visitors and staff, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Due to growing concerns over the COVID-19, we have decided this will be the best course of action for our organization. All Museum events are canceled or postponed while the Museum is closed. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Kids Programs

Art is important for growing and creative minds! Let your kids express themselves in our workshops and classes. Many of our classes are on rolling admission and some are drop-in to offer a bit of flexibility for busy lives. Check-in often for any updates. 


Learning Studio – Early Literacy through the Arts
With Ricky Rainbow Beard

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Families and children from birth to three years of age will create, build language skills, and learn together. The Learning Studio will offer visual arts, music, dance, drama, and storytelling to introduce communication, both verbal and non-verbal. The program will support parents and caregivers as their children’s first teachers, and implement an arts-based early learning experience with developmentally appropriate practices. Our flexible drop-in program is entirely free thanks to our generous partners and sponsors: Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, and the New Bedford Birth-3rd Partnership.






Kids Clay Classes
Sat, 12 – 2 PM,  rolling admission
Non-Member: $28     Member: $25 

Weekly drop-in clay classes are now running! Pay as you go. Parents welcome to join in! Students learn basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques to create sculptures and vessels.  Clay and glazes are provided for free. Please pre-register for classes to save your spot! 

*Clay classes are paused until further notice, any questions please email us at [email protected]


Operating much like a bookmobile, the 2 purple vans, each with 2 experienced art educators, engage children with fun educational art activities at 20 New Bedford community sites for 7 weeks during July and August.  

This program resumes every summer during the months of July and August.

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