Shelter 2023:

Considering Community

The history, economy, and culture of the SouthCoast region is rooted in the value of ‘shelter’—and who is a shelter for if not its community. From the immigrants arriving to our shores in hopes of creating a new life to the families who have been here for generations, together we create a unique sense of place. Each person, culture, and tradition is instrumental in building a strong community, our true home and shelter.  This year’s exhibitions include the following artists; Mark Reigelman (NY, NY), Maxwell Emcays (Chicago, IL), Silvia Lopez Chavez (Boston, MA/ Dominican Republic), and eleven artists from the SouthCoast to be featured in an exhibition entitled, Open Studios on the Sidewalk.

Per our mission, every DATMA exhibition & event is free and open to the public. A special thanks to our dedicated supporters who make it possible for DATMA to keep programming completely accessible to all. Stay tuned and check out the season’s events.

If you are driving to New Bedford, may we suggest starting at Threshold and parking at 21 Barkers Lane, New Bedford, MA 02740. Threshold is located in the heart of Downtown and from there, you can walk to see exhibits such as Woven Story and Open Studios on the Sidewalk. The mural, Community Tides, can be seen from the working waterfront, but is much better in person or by car, about .5 mile from Open Studios. Downtown street parking is availible through paying the meters or more off street options at the Elm Street Garage located 51 Elm Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Shelter 2022:

Where tradition meets technology

The history, economy, and culture of the SouthCoast region is rooted in the value of ‘shelter’—from the Underground Railroad that harbored African Americans from slavery, to the 9,100-foot-long hurricane barrier that protects the harbor of the #1 fishing port in the United States. Shelter 2022 featured; Rael San Fratello (California), Fitzcarmel LaMarre (New Bedford, MA), Do Ho Suh (South Korea), Abeer Seikaly (Jordan), Alison Wells (Trinidad and Tobago / New Bedford based), Our Sisters’ School (New Bedford), and rare archival and contemporary images from the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. Explore the exhibition archives below.

Detail from "Protests on Union" Ⓒ Alison Wells 2019


For media inquiries, please contact: Edwina A. Kluender, KLÜNDER Communications [email protected] & PH 1.617.888.5859. Here is our downloadable press release: DATMA SHELTER2023 Press Release Announcement Here.


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