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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 0-3 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.

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.  All art lessons are available on the Museum's YouTube page.  Free.  Art kits are available for NBPS students.  Registration required for art kids.  Curbside pickup offered.  

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.    

Important Info

Scholarships and financial aid

are available.

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Handbuiling at Home

Explore hours worth of clay classes at home!  Get unlimited access to slab making, pinching, coiling, and more.  Clay and kiln firing available for fee.  Curbside pickup offered.  Tuition based.  Registration required.    

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.      

Basic Info

608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 


Executive Director: Ashley Occhino

Education & Administrative Coordinator: 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!


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.

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 Junior and High School students. Competitive. Free.

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