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 our main outdoor installation called Silver Current by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, 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.

LIGHT at a Glance

MASARY Studios
VESSELS in Situ, 2020

an online presentation of VESSELS on view now – December 31, 2020

For six weeks this summer, the city came alive presenting the spirit of our fishing industry on building facades in downtown, New Bedford. Due to the global health crisis, DATMA and MASARY Studios understand that not everyone was able to leave their homes and see the artwork. Now that the exhibition has concluded at its physical locations, we are able to bring a virtual rendition of the exhibition to your home. Click here to view VESSELS in Situ from your device.

Collection from the New Bedford Free Public Library
Pastoral Light, on view at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

on view now – December 31, 2020

The New Bedford Free Public Library shares a collection of 19th century paintings illuminating colors and light of American landscapes on view in the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! Visit for museum hours and visitor information. There is a modest entry fee to help cover Museum costs, however the New Bedford Free Public Library offers admission tickets to NBAM/AW! for New Bedford residents and library card holders. Click here for additional exhibition details.

DATMA presents
Light Reflections, on view at “The Pop-Up Studio” at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

on view now – December 31, 2020

Light Reflections shares behind the scenes footage from public art projects produced by Massachusetts Design Art & Technology Institute, DATMA. This exhibition includes interviews from LIGHT 2020 and Summer Winds 2019 artists. Guests can take home a complimentary, all ages DIY project inspired by Soo Sunny Park’s Photo Kinetic Grid, which includes materials and guidance on how to make your own light artwork to exhibit at home. New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! has reopened their doors to audiences in a friendly, yet socially distant, way. For more information, visit

Patricia Gomes
The City that Lit the World, 2020

Read by the author. The read Pat’s poem, you may visit her work published in our news section HERE. We would also like to share a work she wrote for DATMA’s 2019 Summer Winds Series titled, Gale Force.

MASARY Studios – Evening Projections Are No Longer On View

Evening only viewing hours from June 20 – August 1: Nightly from 8:30pm – midnight on three exterior building facades located along Union Street.

Location 1: June 20 – July 1 (COMPLETE)
NB Whaling Museum’s Captain Paul Cuffe Park (along Union Street between Johnny Cake Hill & North Water Street)
Location 2: July 2 – July 16 (COMPLETE)
Was seen on the walls of the empty lot between Subtext Bookshop & Shimmer beauty shop (along Union Street between 187 and 209 Union Street)
Location 3: July 17 – August 1 (COMPLETE)
Was seen on the wall of the Webster Bank building (along Union Street next to  Dunkin’ Donuts l& across from  Cottage Antiques.

Artist Talk ALERT!!! Meet Ryan & Samo watching their recorded interview that aired July 30th. The link is HERE and on our news page.

Three downtown New Bedford building facades will come alive thanks to renowned MASARY Studios who have created large-scale digital projections with unique musical accompaniment that spotlight our maritime industry —still the heart of our region’s economy. This project was supported by partnerships that were paramount to the success of this project. A special thanks to the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and to LuminArtz for their instrumental collaboration on the Vessels project. 

The Vessels 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.

Soo Sunny Park
Photo Kinetic Grid, 2018 –
No Longer On View

This reflective light installation was recently seen at the corner of Union Street & Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus. This project was very visible from the street and sidewalks through the building’s floor to ceiling glass gallery windows. A special thanks to Umass Dartmouth CVPA for hosting this exhibition in their new Swain Studio corner space.

Sculptor, Soo Sunny Park brings New Bedford her artwork titled, Photo-kinetic Grid, a spectacular exhibit that can be seen through the Star Store’s floor to ceiling windows. Viewers will be mystified by reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles.


Public Art Walking Tour – downloadable map

Need to stretch your legs and catch some sunshine? Thanks to #NBCreative, there is a downloadable tour to help you explore public art in New Bedford in a few parts of the city. This tour can take you from one artwork to another or simply help you identify the artwork you see everyday. It’s incredible

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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.

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