Seaport Art Walk

2017 Sustainable Oceans

The New Bedford working waterfront will be transformed with eighteen original sculpture created by local artists, temporarily installed along MacArthur Blvd, the City and State piers, and in the city’s Seaport Cultural District. This year’s theme – “Sustainable Oceans”; aims to bring awareness to the problems and solutions, globally, in our oceans and waterways. NEW for this year, a lecture series that pairs scholars and artists to discuss topics that inspired the pieces!



Here’s a glimpse of what you can see along New Bedford’s working waterfront this summer:



Lecture Series

Saturday, June 3, 2017 (during the Opening Reception), State Pier, New Bedford | Seastreak
Annie Bourbonnais, Assistant Research Professor, SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

Thursday, July 13, 2017 (during AHA! New Bedford), Buzzards Bay Coalition
“Restoring an Urban River: The Acushnet River Project” by Sara N. da Silva Quintal, Restoration Ecologist, Buzzards Bay Coalition
Sara will discuss the Coalition’s restoration projects along the Acushnet River, including the transformation of the Acushnet Sawmill from a 19-acre vacant industrial site into a nature park.  Dam removal on the river has led to a dramatic increase in river herring.  Replacement of acres of pavement with natural river banks, wetlands, fields, trails and a canoe launch has reconnected wildlife and people with the River.  Miles of trails along the river are now open to the public and more restoration and trails are planned.

Saturday, September 23 (at the Wharfinger Building), Working Waterfront Festival
Speaker details coming soon…

Thursday, October 12 (during AHA! New Bedford), New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Speaker details coming soon…

Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a Part of this Remarkable Project.
Your contribution will support artists in their work, highlight the importance of the arts, and create an inviting waterfront enjoyed by thousands of visitors to and residents of the city. To sponsor the 2017 New Bedford Seaport Art Walk download the SPAW 2017 Sponsorship Form or make a donation via GoFundMe.


The Seaport Art Walk is a collaboration of the City of New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell, Port of New Bedford, Destination New Bedford, NBbeautiful, the Working Waterfront Festival, Buzzards Bay Coalition, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives, and Seastreak Ferry Company and is funded through grants and generous donations from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Bedford Economic Development Council, The Trustees of Reservations, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts.


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