What I love about New Bedford is the way this city is making so much effort to preserve its history as a Whaling City. The government and the people of New Bedford is not doing it just to attract the tourist, but they do it because they care and they really want to make this city alive and vibrant.
Along with that mission, every 2nd Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford, there’s AHA (Art. History. Architecture) Night, where all the event is FREE and every month there will be different theme.
The AHA! Project was formed in 1999 by a dedicated circle of cultural leaders, downtown businesses and individual artists. Since July of that year, the project has continuously presented its 2nd Thursday events. What originally included 14 venues now numbers 60 and spans eight galleries, three museums, The National Historical Park, City Hall and The Library, many of the downtown’s unique stores, restaurants and cafes as well as individual artist studios, a meditation center, several churches, The Bristol Building, The New Bedford Preservation Society and The UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store. AHA!’s mission is to collectively promote downtown culture and work towards greater sustainability of the downtown cultural scene and partner organizations.
So, come on in and enjoy the crowd!
From last month (May 2011) AHA! Night: Arts in Bloom. Pics are taken in UMASSD Arts and Zeiterion Theatre: