Massachusetts Design, Art, and Technology Institute (DATMA) presents impactful contemporary art at the intersection of design, art, and technology, combined with related community learning experiences, to spark creativity, collaboration, and economic innovation in the SouthCoast region and beyond.
Established in 2016 and launched in 2018, the Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute (DATMA) derived from an innovative idea to create an “institute without walls” that would bring free, accessible, arts programming to all ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels of the SouthCoast region. DATMA is committed to bringing world-renowned art, design, and technology exhibitions, programs, and initiatives to the visitors and citizens of New Bedford and the region, identified as one of the Commonwealth’s most creative economies by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. As an exhibitor of art in public spaces, DATMA collaborates with the business and education sectors of the region to expand public awareness, bringing new cultural assets into the mix.
“DATMA has brought new energy to the city of New Bedford and encouraged us all to think bigger about the possibility of artistic collaboration. Large, engaging and visionary installations remake the physical landscape and offer a way to be engaged with the arts and humanities in the midst of this pandemic. It is work which sustains us in the present and helps us move forward together.”
-Lee Heald, Director of AHA! New Bedford’s Art, History, Architecture monthly art walk