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‘New Bedford Love Letters’ project to premiere short film, eyes festival run

This article was originally published by Seth Chitwood for SouthCoast Today/The Standard-Times on November 18, 2022. NEW BEDFORD — After the success of the “New Bedford Love Letters” project in September, a new short film around the culmination of New Bedford Creative’s work this year is set to premiere at The Whaling Museum on Dec. …

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New Bedford Creative brings back Peer-to-Peer Sessions for artists this November

NEW BEDFORD, MA — For the second consecutive year, New Bedford Creative is tapping into the knowledge and expertise of the city’s very own creative entrepreneurs to help provide guidance and support to other artists. Peer-to-Peer Sessions returns on Nov. 1, 2022, and will continue on a monthly basis through April, 2023. NB Creative Peer-to-Peer …

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A New Duo in New Bedford

A creative city is energized not only by the residents who have always called it home, but also by the new residents who are attracted to the social and cultural experience of living in New Bedford. Which is the ‘why’ of how Julia Roth and Cedric “Vise!” Douglas became Creative Ambassadors for the city.  “I …

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How Rhonda Fazio Nourishes New Bedford

There’s probably no more nourishing New Bedford artist – or Environmental Alchemist, as she refers to herself – than Rhonda M. Fazio. And that is meant literally as well as figuratively.  Many know Rhonda through her work with Coastal Foodshed at its New Bedford Farmers Markets and other special events. There, she teaches the “Art …

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Iva Brito: Spirit in Motion

By Steven Froias for the Creative Ambassadors project As a Creative Ambassador, Iva Brito brings both a historical and world view to the role, through a spiritual prism.  As a native of Cabo Verde, West Africa, she states that she channels her “nostalgic love of her birthplace through her talents” which results in a Love …

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Gerardo Beltrán Salinas: Bringing Los Primos into the Light

By Steven Froias for the Creative Ambassadors project Perhaps no other Creative Ambassador’s journey to New Bedford has been as epic – and fraught –  as that of Gerardo Beltrán Salinas.  Beltrán Salinas worked for more than 30 years as a journalist in Santiago de Chile. When he and his family made the decision to …

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The CEDC puts out the welcome mat

By Steven Froias for the Creative Ambassadors project “At the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC),  we have worked on many initiatives and projects mostly working to help working-class immigrant families build a better life for themselves here in New Bedford,” states Brian Pastori, who has worked at the CEDC since 2005.  He explains that “the …

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There are no Mission Impossibles for Beatriz Oliveira

By Steven Froias for the Creative Ambassadors project There aren’t many people who would accept this mission: to co-create, activate and celebrate in every neighborhood of all 20 square miles of the City of New Bedford during a sprawling three-day arts and culture festival.  But Beatriz Oliveira did.  And the result was a resounding success …

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Mandy Fraser has a Secret (City)

By Steven Froias For the Creative Ambassadors project It’s common knowledge that whales have a language all their own. But, what’s uncommon is the specific message the “Secret City Whales” have for us. In fact, their words are Love Letters for New Bedford.  “Secret City Whales” is the project of Creative Ambassador Mandy Fraser. The …

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Candida Rose Baptista: Love Each Other Through…

By Steven Froias For the Creative Ambassadors project As we travel through this life  We realize we’re not alone  As we share our good, open up our hearts,  We’ll find joy we’ve never known (When we…)   Love each other through  Till we reach the other side  We must Love each other through  Now’s not …

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