Reimagining urban spaces is second nature to New Bedford artists. Throughout the city, you’ll find public areas that have been either activated or redefined thanks to the creative impulses of artists.
This coming summer, as we all reimagine what time spent outdoors means without public events due to the Covid-19 crisis, this wealth of art has now been collected into three self-guided Public Art Walking Tours by New Bedford Creative, which can still be enjoyed as a community while practicing social distancing.
Patricia Thomas, Co-chair of New Bedford Creative Consortium’s Public Art Squad and Artistic Director of culture*park says, “With these designated Walking Tours, New Bedford is right alongside other great cities where artists, art and community matter!
“Being able to visit works of art outside, and in person now, is an extra special gift. I hope folks will get out and walk to see the murals, statues and other outside art that may have been hiding in plain sight.”
The Self-Guided Tours are available to residents and visitors alike as either downloadable PDFs or via a specially created Google map. You can find links to both on NewBedfordCreative.org’s cultural district page and the tours page on DestinationNewBedford.org.
There, you’ll find the Self-Guided Public Arts Tours arranged into three distinct districts in New Bedford: The Seaport Cultural District – Downtown; The Seaport Cultural District – Waterfront; and Love The Ave in the North End centered along Acushnet Avenue.
In all, over 50 works of art ranging from murals to sculpture are represented on the tours.
Share your revelations with all of us by taking pictures and sharing to social media with the hashtag #NBCreative. The tours and the wonder this artwork generates can create a new community experience all its own as we collectively redefine our city together moving forward.
To download the map, visit http://destinationnewbedford.org/wp-content/uploads/New-Bedford-Self-Guided-Public-Art-Tours_v2.pdf
For more informaton on New Bedford Creative Consortium, visit newbedfordcreative.org
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