Art Installation and Maritime Music on June AHA night

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Date: May 20, 2017
Contact: Andrew Schnetzer, 508-996-4095 x 6105

man standing next to strange looking, old contraption
Listen to the Whales
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will host live music and an artist opening for AHA! New Bedford on June 8th. Artist William Chambers will open his installation Listen to the Whales in our visitor center from 5:00-8 p.m. Outside in the garden, the Australian folk singers The Roaring Forties will offer traditional maritime music from 6:00-7:30 pm. The National Park’s visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. These events are family friendly and free. For more information about AHA! go to ahanewbedford.org.
 
Listen to the Whales is an installation of vintage interactive listening devices that asks participants to imagine a scenario where instead of seeking to dominate the oceans with warships and military might we used these resources for learning and understanding. Chambers uses a bit of fantasy and theater to create a space where this contemplation can happen. The Roaring Forties, formed in 1988, perform traditional folk songs and relish the enjoyment they get from singing harmonies and encouraging audience participation.
 
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 https://www.facebook.com/NewBedfordNPS. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
 
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Last updated: May 20, 2017

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