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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
Daniel Everton, a DOI VISTA intern through AmeriCorps, recently joined New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for an internship of one year. He will be assisting the park with its newly created MakerSpace and its brand new Artist-In-Residence program. His duties including building stewardship for the arts in the park through outreach, especially to youth. He works with a variety of partners, including the City of New Bedford and New Bedford’s school system, to increase New Bedford students’ exposure to the arts. One of Daniel’s goals is to help students find meaning in New Bedford’s art heritage. Everton plans to facilitate a connection from the past with the present through the arts.
Daniel Everton is a native to New Bedford and is happy to be serving his local community. He's a graduate of BCC and UMass Amherst, and became an EMT for a number of years. He left that career to figure out the next big adventure, ultimately to find an opportunity to satisfy a need to serve the public and work with Park Rangers! He's been interested in the arts from a young age, having been in the after school program Brick by Brick (now Dream Out Loud). "Having the opportunity to give kids the same access to art and creating that I once had is a blessing,” says Daniel.
In addition to his work at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Daniel also works with the New Bedford Art Museum. He helps with outreach about current and upcoming exhibits, collects and inputs data, assists with installing art, and event hosting. Dan engages with artists in the community and makes sure their needs are met while art openings take place. Behind the scenes, he has been diligently archiving the catalogs for the museum as well as organizing filing systems.
The DOI/VISTA Initiative is a collaboration between the Department of the Interior (DOI), AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Conservation Legacy, and many local non-profit partners.
The objective of the DOI/VISTA Initiative is to support underserved communities in using public lands for employment opportunities, health, and education.
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year at more than 21,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, 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. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
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