Artist-In-Residence ProgramThe National Park Service has hosted Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programs at its sites for over 45 years with the goal of engaging visitors to understand each park in new and deeply relevant ways. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is debuting its newly redesigned Corson Makerspace in the Fall of 2018. The creative space is located on the 2nd floor of the Corson Building in downtown New Bedford, MA.
Congress established New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth-century whaling industry. It is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. New Bedford’s financial success in the whaling industry led to its being the richest city in the United States per capita. Wealthy whaling merchants and entrepreneurs supported New Bedford artists such as Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford, resulting in a flourishing art community.
Today the creative economy continues to thrive in New Bedford. The park’s Artist-in Residence program begins in the Fall of 2018 in the Corson Makerspace. Each Artist-In-Residence will work at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center and Corson Building for a period of three months. Artists and artisans from all disciplines, including painting, crafts, such as woodworking, quilting, spoken word, and music are invited to submit an application and sample of their work to the review committee, composed of park staff and local artists.