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Dream Rocket Art Exhibit in the Park

Paintings done by students that represent the national park

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News Release Date: August 15, 2017

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is proud to announce the installation of a new temporary exhibit in the park’s visitor center. The Dream Rocket Project is a collection of more than 65 unique art pieces created by Massachusetts youth on the topic of Strength In Diversity. Each piece represents a unique point of view on what diversity means today to local community and for the national as a whole. The exhibit will be on display through the month of September.

In conjunction with the exhibit, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the City of New Bedford will be holding a public art context in Custom House Square on August 31st from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. This contest will challenge participants to create their own art, with colored chalk, on the same topic of Strength In Diversity. Prizes will be awarded to the top three artists. Details on the contest including how to sign up will be posted on the park’s webpage and Facebook page by noon on Thursday August 17th.

The Dream Rocket Project launched in 2009, is major project undertaken by The International Fiber Collaborative (IFC). The IFC was formed to create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular themed programming for individuals and their communities. The Dream Rocket Project (DRP) launched in 2009, is collecting 8,000 works of art that will be stitched together to wrap a Saturn V Moon Rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama for a temporary public art exhibition. So far, they have received submissions from about 15,000 individuals residing in 17 countries, 46 states and 363 communities. Submissions are in the form of textile art accompanied by essays. Topics range from science, space, and technology to conservation, education, freedom and equality. Prior to the final installation, submissions have been exhibited in libraries, schools, museums and community centers. Over 5,300 artworks have been displayed at 134 venues in 22 states. Since 2011, they have collaborated with 3,659 children in Kansas alone. For more information on the IFC projects please go to their website or their Flickr page . For more information on the Dream Rocket Projects please go to their website or their Facebook page

Last updated: August 17, 2017

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