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“Harvesters of the Deep” Public Art Installation
Jun 17 – Oct 17 all-day
"Harvesters of the Deep" Public Art Installation

The Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to partner with DATMA for Harvesters of the Deep, a public art installation highlighting women in the seafood industry.

From June 17th – October 17th, DATMA will bring works of outstanding photographers from select locations around the world, the exhibit will feature insightful, life-sized portraits celebrating women working in the fishing industry. Featured photographers include: Phil Mello presenting photographs of New Bedford fisherwomen; Hyung S. Kim’s photographs of Korean shellfish divers (aka Haenyeo) and Craig Easton’s photographs of English smokehouse workers (aka “The Herring Lasses”).

Custom designed kiosks, including documentary will be strategically positioned along outdoor public walkways in downtown New Bedford and along the waterfront and participate in the annual New Bedford Seaport Art Walk.

5th Anniversary Celebration! @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
5th Anniversary Celebration! @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Save the date! This summer, we are celebrating the Center’s five-year anniversary and the official grand opening of More than a Job with an event on June 26th! Watch demonstrations of model boat making and other industry skills. Enjoy live music featuring the Rum Soaked Crooks. Plus make and take activities for the kids. The celebration is free and open to the public. A speaking program at noon will feature remarks by elected officials including Congressman Bill Keating, Representative Antonio Cabral, and a keynote address by Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities.

Funding for More than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Fishing Industry is provided by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and significant support from Bristol County Savings Bank. Major in-kind support for this exhibit was provided by Fairhaven Shipyard and Blue Fleet Welding.

We Came to Fish, We Came to Work: Stories of Immigration is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Commonwealth Initiative, and the Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and New Bedford Cultural Councils.

The Johnson Girls in Concert @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Johnson Girls in Concert @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Join us for a performance by the Johnson Girls. The performance will take place outside at the garden of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. Free and open to the public. Bring your own chair!

Formed in 1997, The Johnson Girls are the leading all-woman maritime song group in the world. Sea chanteys and songs, as the first real “world music”, captured their imagination. Just as sailors who were heavily influenced by the songs they heard while traveling the world over, each of the Johnson Girls brings a special style to the ensemble. Their extensive repertoire of both traditional and contemporary material includes sea chanteys and work songs of other traditions, African-American, Canadian, Caribbean, Irish, French, Italian as well as songs from the inland waterways and fisheries. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, sensitive renderings of haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls dazzle audiences wherever they perform.

This concert is part of “Women’s Work” programming which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Women’s Fisheries Network, Mass Cultural Council, and the New Bedford, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Westport, Marion, and Mattapoisett Cultural Councils. Thank you to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for hosting this event.



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New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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