Museum Expansion & Renovation Project
Expansion Project Presentation
In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the Board of the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! is undertaking a multi-year project to renovate the Anthony S. Catojo Jr. Building to double gallery space, enhance security, and
environmental controls to meet museum-quality standards.
The expansion project will contribute to the cultural, educational, and economic life of the community in New Bedford
By making the City’s collection more accessible to residents and visitors
Creating a museum that will enhance New Bedford as a destination for cultural institutions and activities of the element
Growing the City collection by providing a venue that encourages donations of art relevant to the City and its history of the element
Enhancing the stature and viability of NBAM
Expanding the Museum’s child and adult educational programming by using the City Collection to illustrate and explore the City’s cultural and economic historyof the element
Located across from the New Bedford Free Public Library and diagonally across from City Hall, this renovation will create a City Campus within the Cultural District as well as within the TDI District
IN THE NEWS!
The museum's plan is to renovate all three floors of its building at 608 Pleasant St. Occhino said the main focus will be doubling the size of the gallery and reconstructing the education space. NBAM's plans also include enhancing security and environmental controls.
Courting the Sky
At Clasky Common Park, the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks got busy on the courts — the basketball courts. “Courting the Sky” became an instantly iconic piece of public art, created in concert between artist Maria Molteni and residents. They came together to define their own neighborhood and claim it as their own, just like at Ben Rose Gardens.
The New Vision
The vision quest for NBAM/Artworks is nothing less than turning the little museum that could into a bonafide destination in the state and region. Signature special shows like the Audubon exhibit a few years back and the hugely popular Peter Souza exhibit of Obama-era photographs, still on display, have brought distinction — and thousands of patrons — to NBAM and the city.