“Art is nothing new in New Bedford. What’s new, especially in visual art, is exhibiting artists with star power.”

Cait McQuaid, Boston Globe Contributor


Accepting applications through November 1, 2022, request for Qualifications for public art to be exhibited in Summer 2023. Applications will only be accepted through the Slideroom platform.

DATMA is considering proposals for an outdoor public installation centered around the theme of shelter. New Bedford, MA will serve as a canvas for public art exploring the role of shelter within the histories, communities, and cultures of the SouthCoast region and beyond. This program’s mission is to integrate art into the daily lives of local residents and visitors by presenting works that foster a sense of community, provide opportunities for interaction, and reflect the city’s diverse histories. The winning project will be installed in June 2023 at the corner of a major downtown intersection of New Bedford, MA for a minimum of four months. 

We welcome artists to consider themes including but not limited to: housing, the Underground Railroad, and/or immigration. 

Juror panel includes:

  • Jasmyn Baird, New Bedford Economic Development Council Senior Creative Fellow & Seaport Artwalk Manager
  • Patrick Shearn, Creative Director & founder of Poetic Kinetics
  • Pat Coomey Thornton, DATMA’s Program Committee Chair


DATMA presents art in public spaces made by artists of all mediums – from all over the world – at all levels of their career. We accept resumes and portfolios throughout the year that are reviewed on an annual basis by our Program Committee.

Before you email us a general submission, we ask that you click around our website, review our Projects Page, and sign up for our enews so you can better understand the type of projects we produce.  We hope to hear from you via email: [email protected]

Not an artist, but have ideas and comments about our 2023 Custom House Square sculptural installation by Mark Reigelman? We want to hear your voice! Enter your ideas here and we’ll share them with the artist. Opinion page closes 10/1/2022 at midnight.

Public art is collaboration at its best. While I am the creative driver behind all of my projects, it takes a huge team of people to create each installation.” Mark Reigelman 2023 DATMA artist


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Help DATMA create our next project!

Because we are an institute without walls, we don’t get to greet you by a door or hear your thoughts about the artwork we present. We want to hear from you! Tell us a bit about the art that inspires you. What artwork should DATMA present next? Where should art live? These are conversations we wish we could have with you if we met you at one of our projects. CLICK HERE to share your comments and ideas with DATMA’s Program Committee. Your feedback will help shape our upcoming exhibitions.

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