Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
AHA! New Bedford

AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) is New Bedford's free Downtown Cultural Night and collaborative cultural organization with over 60 downtown venue partners.

AHA! Nights

The project's core cultureal nights are held on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM and involve over 60 downtown museums, galleries, arts organizations, merchants, restaurants, churches, and schools. The New Bedford Whaling Museum, the UMD CVPA Star Store, and the New Bedford Waling National Historical Park. Each month's event is themed so that distinctive cultural programs are presented and creative partner involvement remains robust. Nights such as "Changing Facade," "On Stage," "Summer Sounds," and "Kids Rule" consistently draw upwards of 3,000 visitors from the city, surrounding towns, Providence, and Cape Cod. These 2nd Thursday AHA! Nights present opportunities for performers, artists, and humanitarians of all disciplines and levels to engage the public. On a typical AHA! Night, several art exhibits open, multiple live music performances are presented, theater skits or lectures take place, and interactive family and adult cultural experiences abount. This night is known as one of the best times to experience New Bedford's cultural renaissance in its historic cobblestoned downtown.

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  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Candace Lee
Job Title/Position: 
AHA! Coordinator
Mailing Address: 
30 Cornell Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Physical Address: 
30 Cornell Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Last Name: 
Heald
Phone: 
(508) 996-8253 x205
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Architecture
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - History
Year Founded: 
1999
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Foundations / Endowed Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Exhibitions
Film Showings
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Events Per Year: 
12
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
Longest continuously-funded program from Massachusetts Cultural Council (15 years)
Downtown New Bedford Inc. 2010 Cultural Arts Recognition Award
Citations from City Council
Replication model for other cultural projects in the state of Massachusetts