NB Creative dispensed more than $500,000 to 82 grantees this season

DATMA Co-founder Gayle Wells Mandle shakes hands with Mayor Jon Mitchell accompanied by Paula Robinson Deare and Tony Sapienza at award ceremony.  Photo credit Josh Souza of New Bedford Creative

It’s been a good start to the year in preparation for our next public art series, Transform 2024-2025. As we are a non-profit arts organization, we pay for our projects and staff through generous donations, business support, and awards received from foundations and organizations that support arts and culture. This year, we have been fortunate to receive grants that will directly support our two main 2024 exhibitions. DATMA received $25,00 from New Bedford Creative and $12,000 from SouthCoast Wind. The SouthCoast Wind grant will support, The Art of Technology, an exhibit that will be installed on the waterfront in 2024 (wind energy, robotics, marine science). The Wicked Cool Places and Art Is Everywhere! grants from NB Creative support the Art of Technology exhibit and the Bordalo II sculpture on the grass of the YMCA on Union Street.

Watch the press release highlights HERE produced by Ethan de Aguiar.

On February 12 at the City Library, across the hall from the City’s vaunted art collection, NB Creative dispensed more than $500,000 to 82 grantees. Tony Sapienza, President of the New Bedford Economic Development Council, calls it “a transformative moment that will resonate for years to come.” It was a moment made possible by the Arts & Culture Plan produced by Mayor Mitchell in 2018.