Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute brings Designers, Artists, and Technologists into local schools and the community to educate and mentor youth in Southcoast Massachusetts and produce “programming without walls.”

Our 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.

To allow DATMA education initiatives to remain 100% free to participants, our education programs are generously supported by the Hope Foundation, New Bedford Education Foundation, Mass Cultural Council- New Bedford LCC, Bristol County Savings Bank, Servedwell Hospitality, David & Hobby Jeffrey, the Mandle Family, and through the many individuals who have donated to the Roger Mandle Legacy Campaign. To be a part of our project success, consider becoming a supporter today.

DATMA’s education programs have directly reached 3,300+ SouthCoast MA learners since 2019!

  • 2800+ Participants in all-ages public programming events

  • 350+ Participants in Community Lecture Series

  • 200+ Participants in our Design In the Classroom workshops

“Collaboration with DATMA’s hands-on programs builds the capacity for our students to actively and authentically engage in their community.” 

-Tobey Eugenio, Creativity Director, Our Sisters’ School (2022)

DATMA Design Day: Fortissimo!

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.”
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 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 Classrroom programs serve youth, along with regional educators through our special “Teachers Teaching Teachers” series. 
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3D Printing for Sustainability with Our Sisters' School students and Virginia San Fratello
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Metal Fabrication Students fabricated reusable exhibition displays that we still use to this day!

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.

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General Public Programs

From engaging artist lectures and Directors tours to wonderful partner events such as unique performances staged at our public art projects with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, we offer all-ages events that are always family-friendly. Our events offer an opportunity for deeper engagement with contemporary art, while participating in the SouthCoast’s arts and culture community.
Public opening celebration for Summer Winds at Custom House Square in Downtown New Bedford

Interested in partnering with DATMA on in-the-classroom or public programming? 

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

Our Education 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 UMass Dartmouth College for Visual & Performing Arts.

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.

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