About New Bedford Creative

Contact: Margo Saulnier, Creative Strategist, artsnewbedford@gmail.com

New Bedford Creative Consortium

New Bedford Creative Consortium is the leadership group whose purpose is overseeing the execution of the citywide strategic Arts and Culture Plan entitled New Bedford Creative: our art, our culture, our future. The Arts and Culture Plan is a huge step forward in building a thriving creative ecosystem in our city, and these are the people dedicated to implementing it. This volunteer group is facilitated by the Creative Strategist, meets quarterly, hold one- to three-year terms, and are divided into three task forces: Public Art + Facilities, Placemaking + Community, Fundraising + Distribution.

  • Tracy Barbosa – Duende Glass, Tracy Silva Barbosa Studio
  • Teri Bernert – Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)
  • Lee Blake – New Bedford Historical Society
  • Jessica Bregoli – The Steeple Playhouse, Seaport Art Walk, NB Cultural Council
  • Sarah da Silva Quintal – Buzards Bay Coalition, Azorean Maritime Heritage Society
  • Raquel Dias – Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford
  • Joselyn Feliciano – Community Economic Development Center
  • Steven Froias – The Standard-Times, New Bedford Now, Seaport Cultural District
  • Jeff Glassman – Darn It!, Hatch Street Studios
  • Dena Haden – Co-Creative Center, SuperflatNB, Seaport Cultural District
  • Wendy Hall – Festival Theatre
  • Susan Hauck – Gallery X
  • Jeremiah Hernandez – SuperflatNB, EforAll
  • Viera Levitt – UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus
  • Roger Mandle – Massachusetts Design Art + Technology Institute (DATMA)
  • Amanda McMullen – New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Ashley Occhino – New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
  • Beatriz Oliveira – Beatriz & Company
  • Eric Paradis – Your Theatre, The Steeple Playhouse, New Bedford JazzFest
  • Penny Pimentel – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
  • Michele Roberts – Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Dawn Salerno – Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
  • Jennifer Smith – New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • Darlene A. Spencer – United Way of Greater New Bedford
  • Patricia Thomas – Culture*Park
  • Nathan Vaughan – Bristol Community College
  • Samia Walker – EforAll, 3rd EyE Unlimited, Doodles Creative Sessions

Funding
New Bedford Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund was proposed by Mayor Jon Mitchell in the spring of 2016 and approved by the City Council in June 2016, and consists of revenue generated from the city’s lodging tax, capped at a total of $100,000. Creation of the fund also required the passage of a home rule petition by the state legislature and the petition’s passage, led by state Senator Mark Montigny and signed into law by Governor Baker in January 2017. The purpose of the fund is to create a dedicated revenue stream to provide for additional planning, programmatic, and administrative capacity to allow the City of New Bedford to take full advantage of its cultural and tourism assets, and to catalyze and manage the growth of the cultural and tourism sectors in the years ahead. The NBEDC has a three-year agreement to manage the fund for the City. This work is lead by the NBEDC’s Creative Strategist. Additional funding is provided by Bristol County Savings Bank, Mass Cultural Council, and MassDevelopment.