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