LIGHT 2020

DATMA is using art and technology to bring some needed light to the people of our community during the darkest hours of the coronavirus.

Building on the success of our Summer Winds 2019 project, and especially our free public installation in New Bedford called Silver Current, DATMA remains committed to bringing free public art—driven by technology and inspired by design—to lift the hearts and spirits of people on the SouthCoast again this summer.

Our 19th century whaling industry earned New Bedford the title of “the City that Lit the World.” For our second year’s programming, DATMA will focus on programs united by the theme of LIGHT.

Artists working in various light forms will collaborate with partners in business, education and youth development to design and implement multi-dimensional projects to engage the Seaport Cultural District, city and region. The program series will be marked by music, light and theatrical performances and exhibitions, large-scale video animation, community beautification, and workshops for youth.

LIGHT at a Glance: June - September 2020

Photo-kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park will be on view at UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Swain Gallery (location) from June 20 until September 14, 2020. 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. The Swain Gallery is located at the corner of the Star Store providing full corner window views of this spectacular exhibit and will be able to be experienced and seen day and night by car, bicycle, or on foot. We will keep you up to date on access availability for entry. Typical summer hours for entry are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but based on state-wide health mandates.

Vessels by MASARY Studios is a creating unique for New Bedford of three additional large-scale animation projection works will be installed on 3 different buildings along Union Street in downtown New Bedford from June 21 until July 19, 2020 daily after sunset. Their project includes a special performance schedule for end of June 2021, when it is healthy to be in a group setting once again. Research support for this project is made possible through our partnership with New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

We have individual programs planned with some incredible SouthCoast organizations. Event details that will be posted when we learn more about safety in group settings. To learn more about some of our LIGHT 2020 program patrtners, click on their names below and you'll link up to their websites.

LIGHT programs to be viewed in 2021 due to Covid 19

Miwa Matreyek will be exhibiting her collection of collages and performing Infinitely Yours. Her performance and exhibition is now set for 2021, when we can once again come together in groups. The exhibition will be at the Downtown New Bedford, BCC builiing. Her performance will be held at Cooks Theatre in the Whaling Museum. 

Underway once school starts back up, DATMA’s LIGHT 2020 uses STEAM to create public art by students from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. This special projct is set to be installed in October of 2020, but we may extend the project to the spring 2021 when we learn more about school opening dates. This project is in part generously supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

LIGHT program partners

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