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!


Lecture Series

Saturday, June 3, 3:00PM (during the Opening Reception), State Pier, New Bedford | Seastreak
Annie Bourbonnais, Assistant Research Professor, SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences

Thursday, July 13, 5:30PM (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. Talk approximately 40 minutes, guided tour of the Seaport Art Walk approximately 50 minutes.

Saturday, September 23, 1:00PM (during the Working Waterfront Festival), City Pier 3/Wharfinger Building
Lecture, Discussion, and Tour
“Sustainable Oceans and Fisheries” by Dr. Kevin D. E. Stokesbury, Professor and Chair of SMAST’s Department of Fisheries Oceanography, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Dr. Stokesbury will discuss the history, present, and future sustainability of the fisheries of George’s Bank. As a coastal city, sustainable fisheries greatly impact our community and economy, as many residents live along the ocean or earn a living from the ocean. Dr. Stokesbury will share lessons learned from his research and what our individual roles are in sustainable oceans and to communities such as ours.

Following the lecture there will be an open discussion facilitated by Jamie Jacquart, Assistant Director for Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Jerry Blitefield, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of English Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The discussion will explore what actions we can take to affect change locally and globally, how can we look to the past to learn from our mistakes, or to find solutions, what is our ethical duty to ourselves and future generations, and more.

Seaport Art Walk artists will be on hand to discuss their concerns turned inspiration regarding the problems and solutions, globally, of our oceans and waterways. Attendees will be encouraged to interpret and discuss with the artists how it provides awareness or perspective of the issue, as well as how art in history has compelled action or awareness of such issues.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, October 12, 5:30PM (during AHA! New Bedford), New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
“Working to Reduce Plastic Waste in the Environment” by Mary Lou Nicholson, Coordinator, Be the Solution to Pollution
Mary Lou will discuss the impact of plastic pollution locally and the efforts being taken to reduce waste on the South Coast shoreline. Her group of volunteers conduct cleanups monthly to clear away debris which consists mainly of single use plastics. She will suggest simple solutions to reduce plastic waste. Talk approximately 25 minutes, guided tour of the Seaport Art Walk approximately 50 minutes.

“A Plastic Ocean” Documentary, 2016, 1h 42m (show times: 3:30PM and 6:00PM)
A feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.

Sponsored by: CT Properties Southcoast





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

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.

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.


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