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New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!


New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is dedicated to engaging a diverse audience in relevant exhibitions, exemplary education and creative experiences as a vital innovative center for the arts.

Current Offerings




Early Literacy through the Arts for children ages 0-first grade and their caregivers. Create, build language skills, and learn together!  The Learning Studio will offer visual arts, music, dance, drama and storytelling to introduce communication, both verbal and non-verbal.  Watch online by visiting the Museum's YouTube page or see episodes on NB Cable Access Channel 9. Free.

Invest in Kids: Exploring My City Through Art


Guided by professional visual art educators and collaborating partners, youth will learn about the culture, history and geography of the city in which they live and create artwork based on their learning from field trips and their life experiences.  In person sessions offered, as well as all art lessons available on the Museum's YouTube page.  Free. 

Studio Art Classes


Offers 2D, 3D, digital art and clay during school vacations and summer vacation.  Tuition based with week-long activities, morning and afternoon sessions.  Ages 6-9, 10-13 and teens.  Scholarships and financial aid are available.    



Bright purple vans and experienced art educators engage children with fun, educational art activities at community sites across NB and the SouthCoast.  The artMOBILE schedule is available online.  Open to the public.  Free.  We also will book for events during the weekends in the community.  Fee depends on services required.

The Creative Care program provides art care kits to seniors in the Greater New Bedford area.  

Outdoor & In-Gallery Art Classes


Available for kids, teens, and adults--the Art Museum provides a variety of outdoor and socially safe classes and workshops throughout the year.  Try your hand at the potter's wheel, drawing and more.  Scholarships and financial aid are available.  Tuition based.  Registration required.      

Teen Artist Internship Program


Pairs up teens who want to pursue a career in the arts with artist mentors in the community. The internship runs for nine weeks and mentors and teens are given an exhibit and reception with a comprehensive brochure on the participants at the end of the program. Open to High School students. Competitive. Free.

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Important Info

Scholarships and financial aid

are available.


Basic Info

608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 


Executive Director: Ashley Occhino

Education Programs Manager: Michelle Borges

Offices Closed to the Public (staff is available virtually Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm)

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm


For more information on current programs, check out their website below!

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