DATMA’s learning experiences
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 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.
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.