Celebrating 20 years of CVPA at the Star Store

NEW BEDFORD – Downtown will be lit up with free art and entertainment on September 9 as AHA Live! night takes to the streets to celebrate the role the arts played in New Bedford’s economic recovery.

This month’s theme celebrates 20 years since the opening of the UMass Dartmouth Star Store campus for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens said: “. . . students and faculty contribute to the city’s increasingly vibrant cultural life, fueling investment and interest around the Star Store. This artistic ecosystem has been incredibly successful.

“We invite you to take a stroll downtown and check out all the free AHAs!” Nightly entertainment in dozens of venues, plus fabulous food served at the many and diverse restaurants downtown, ”said AHA! Director Lee Heald. “This month’s theme pays homage to the dazzling impact of the CVPC Star Store on the artistic culture of our seaside town.”

AHA! Highlights of the night:

Hip Hop in the garden: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center

33 Williams Street

Unlimited 3rd Eye Gift

The five pillars of hip-hop, part 5

Hosted by Lonelle Walker

This is the last of 5 monthly events (May-September) exploring the 5 pillars of hip hop (Knowledge, B-Boy / Girl, Graffiti, MC’ing, DJ’ing) through performance, visual art and sharing. Discover the five pillars, the history of these traditions and the origin of their influences.

The Fishing Heritage Center, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

New exhibition at the gallery: Women’s work: at sea, on land, at home, in the community

Reception to welcome all visitors.

Starry Night Craft & the Bookmobile: 3:00 p.m. New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street

Look for the bookmobile near Wing’s Court at 5:30 p.m.

New Bedford Art Museum: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

608 Pleasant Street

Dear Malcolm Postcard Project

This summer and fall, the art museum will work with New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park (and exhibition partner Uncommon Threads) to engage the community in the Dear Malcolm Postcard project. Stop by to color, write and cut out a postcard to Malcolm X. The postcards will be collected by NBAM for display at the visitor center at New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park until November.

Go Out and Pop-Up Art Show

Showcasing artwork by young people during this summer’s Get Out & Art program, sponsored by the SouthCoast Community Foundation.

More exhibitions from the art museum, free for all during the AHA evening:

Uncommon Subjects: The Works of Ruth E. Carter

A solo exhibition celebrating the 30-year career of Massachusetts native Ruth E. Carter as an Oscar costume designer. With costumes from Dolmite Is My Name (2019), Roots (2016 reboot), Selma (2014), Do The Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). The exhibit follows Carter’s creative process and includes sketches, mood boards, iconic costumes, and other ephemera from her Los Angeles studio.

Eadweard Muybridge: Animal locomotion

The latest exhibit at the Art Museum by New Bedford Library Art Curator Allie Copeland. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal location is the library’s latest exhibit featuring historical photographic studies of moving animals and early film screenings.

Lawn games: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Roach-Jones-Duff Garden

396 County Street

Bring a picnic, relax on the lawn and play a game of croquet or pétanque with friends.

Music and Art on William Street Alison Wells Gallery, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

106 Guillaume Street

Shop for local art. New prints and note cards from Alison’s “in the Neighborhood” series on New Bedford (currently on display at the New Bedford Whaling Musuem). More original wok by selected guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics and macrame.

Outside the Celia boutique, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dance to the music of acoustic duo Montage Bleu with Annett Almeida and Kim Mitchell performing an eclectic mix of covers spanning decades and styles. Enjoy complex arrangements, complex harmonies and multiple instruments!

First AHA in person! Mini concert

Intertwined, 6 pm-7pm

634 Pleasant Street

Interwoven is a gallery of designer spaces that brings together the craft of food and fabric making with its connection to cultures around the world. Provide creative space, gallery exhibitions, private event space, pop-up rental opportunities, consignment sales and more.

Two of New Bedford’s own singers / songwriters:

Hooly J. Chan describes himself as a fairy or an alien. Holly travels the world writing songs and playing the ukulele. She recently wrote and released two albums: “Hospital Socks” and “Make Believe”, both on CD to tell her personal story of her healing journey and to comment on society and the world.

Cassie Soares’ roots grew from her days spent with her ukulele and evolved into her ever-growing style playing her electric guitar. Cassis’ debut album, “Past Tense” will be released this month.

2 new exhibitions at Galerie X: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

169 Williams Street

Monochrome X in the main gallery

An exhibition of monochrome works submitted by our members and our artistic community. White is the mixture of all colors, black is the absence of color; between, infinite possibility. The artists used a single color as a vehicle to explore both the potential and the limits of image creation, using this reductive formula to experiment with composition, tone and subject.

Two perspectives on nature in the Douglass gallery

Featuring the work of Galerie X members Lisa Goulart and Herby Thompson

Co-Creative Center, Galerie Wierdos, Vernissage 6-8 p.m.

137 Union Street

New paintings by nationally and internationally renowned Taunton artist Phillip J. Mellen.

Music and art on the front porch The Drawing Room, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

36 Water Street North

Music and Art with Kathi Taylor and Bob Dunlap

This musical duo combines guitar, percussion and vocal harmonies to create a big sound in a small box. Kathi will also have a pop-up store for her art business, KatCo Creations. Chairs available, but don’t hesitate to bring your own to ensure a seat.

Swing by the South End Kilburn Mill, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

127 Boulevard Rodney French

New works at the Judith Klein Art Gallery, main entrance, 2nd floor, suite 2-87

New jewelry from Nitza Atali and woodworking from Andrew Peppart. In addition, printmaking, drawings, acrylic, oil and mixed media by Judith Klein.

Kilburn Open House, Artisan Center 2nd Floor, enter through Door # 4.

Art receptions, art demonstrations and tours of the mill

Booker T stopped here Pilgrim UCC, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

635, rue des Achats

Mercy Meal & More will open Pilgrim UCC Hall for AHA! Night. The hall is a historic building and part of the history includes a visit from Booker T. Washington. Crafts, refreshments and a history lesson “like a museum”.

Stellar Girls Gallery Story Time

First Unitarian Church NB Garden, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

County and Union streets

Galerie Filles Stellar Storytime… Women in space!

Discover the women who have reached the stars!

Thank you! A party for Arthur and Jean Bennett

Customs Square, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join the staff and community partners of New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park in celebrating and recognizing two of New Bedford’s greatest supporters and cheerleaders! Program of conferences, light refreshments and an opportunity to mingle and reconnect. The New Bedford Symphony quintet will perform.

Visit “This should be in a museum”

History and Architecture with the New Bedford Preservation Society

James Arnold Manor, 5:30 p.m.

427 County Road

The New Bedford Preservation Society and the New Bedford Museum of Glass are hosting a walking tour showcasing the extraordinary stained glass windows in Unitarian and Grace Episcopal churches. Kirk Nelson, CEO of the Museum, will join Bruce Barn to tour the churches and other buildings along the walking tour route. The recently reopened New Bedford Glass Museum at the James Arnold Mansion will also be open after the tour.

Jazz music under the jazz wall, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound

Fiber Optic Center Parking Lot

23, rue du Center

Enjoy jazz music under the Jazz Wall performed by Joaquin Santos and Friends! With Joaquin Santos (leader and drums), Dominic Davis (bass), Evan Cole (vocals) and Adonis Martin (keyboards).


New Bedford Town Center – The Definitive Tour

Take a walking tour of historic downtown New Bedford with your guide Bruce Barnes. Visit some of the city center’s must-see landmarks including the Library, Town Hall, and many of the most important and beautiful commercial buildings including banks and department stores.

Historic Property of the Week, Historic New Bedford vignettes.

This month’s historic vignette features the past of New Bedford’s railroad depots.

About AHA!

AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) is New Bedford’s Free Downtown Cultural Night and a collaborative cultural organization with over 60 downtown partners. A 501 (c) 3 project from the SouthCoast Community Foundation, AHA! takes place every 2nd Thursday since July 1999. The AHA! The mission is to be a cooperative enterprise dedicated to reinvigorating the cultural scene of downtown New Bedford by using the power of the arts and cultural enterprise, creativity and collaboration to forge a new economy. Visit https://ahanewbedford.org/events/august-vaha/ for a full schedule of events.

The Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern to improve the quality of life for everyone in Southeast Massachusetts. Visit www.southcoastcf.org for more information.

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