New Bedford Public Art Summer [TOWNSQUARE SUNDAY]

New Bedford Public Art Summer [TOWNSQUARE SUNDAY]

There is a growing emphasis on the arts in New Bedford, and one of the main organizations behind this push is DATMA, Design, Art, Technology Massachusetts.

DATMA is a contemporary art institute founded to enhance the cultural and economic life of Southeastern Mass. He has been based here since 2019 and is committed to bringing world-class exhibits and programs to visitors and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding area. Previous programs have focused on topics such as wind, light and water.

DATMA Executive Director Lindsay Mis joined us this week on town square sunday to discuss this year’s program, which will be themed “Shelter”. “Our program committee felt it was important to reflect on how New Bedford has housed and protected its community throughout its history.”

Artists from South Korea, California, Jordan, Trinidad and Tobago and New Bedford will present exhibitions and educational workshops on the architecture of dwellings, the Underground Railroad and the protection offered to the community by the New Bedford hurricane barrier.

Additional programming includes art exhibits at UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown New Bedford, a photography exhibit of historic homes in New Bedford. a guided tour of the book “A Wind That Shook the World” by the late Everett Allen, and much more.

Most activities will take place from June 16 to September 12. Mis says the “Shelter” theme will continue into 2023 as well. town square sunday listen to the interview here:

town square sunday is a public affairs program heard Sunday mornings at 6 and 11 a.m. on 1420 WBSM and 99.5 FM. The program spotlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.

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James C. Tibbs