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DATMA’s learning experiences
center on: 

In-depth exploration & hands-on creating where community members of all ages and backgrounds practice as artists and designers;

Providing impactful opportunities to connect, respond, create, and share;

Building 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking;

Collaborating with educational institutions and aligned cultural organizations that will connect DATMA’s mission to diverse communities.

Our Education & Outreach Programs:


DATMA Design Days

Aligning with the City of New Bedford’s monthly AHA! nights and through coordination with several local partners, this annual, themed series provides free workshops across the City that engage participants of all ages in the creative process through “design and engineering challenges.”
DATMA Design Day: Community Mural
3D Priting for Sustainability with Our Sisters' School and Virginia San Fratello
 DATMA In the Classroom
Art and design mentors create and lead hands-on learning workshops with local students and share examples of their day-in-the-life work stories. Areas of design, art (theory, history, etc.) and technology are explored, covering topics ranging from 3D- printing to textile design, structural installations, and the overall process of determining design concepts and mediums.

Learn more: 
In the Classroom with Virginia San Fratello

Public Art with Youth

DATMA pairs student groups with contemporary artists to co-create and learn the process of making public art. In 2023, Dominican artist, Silvia Lopez Chavez, mentored 30 New Bedford High School students, Grade 9-11. Together, this group explored STEAM technology & design innovation, bringing the first piece of contemporary art to Fish Island, New Bedford, and brightening a highly-visible building wall adjacent to the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge.

Learn more:
Creating “Community Tides” with Silvia López Chavez & New Bedford High School students

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Metal Fabrication Students who welded and helped fabricate a public outdoor exhibition for DATMA's WATER 2021 season



Interested in partnering with DATMA on a free public youth program or In-the-Classroom project? 

Contact DATMA’s Programs Manager, Amanda Hawkins, at [email protected] for more information

Our Outreach Partners Include: 

3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, PACE Youth Build, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford YMCA, Our Sisters’ School (grades 5-8), New Bedford High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, and Nativity Preparatory School New Bedford

CLICK HERE to share your comments and ideas with DATMA’s Program Committee. Your feedback will help shape our upcoming educational programs and youth-centered events.