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Contact: Emily G Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park News ReleaseFor Immediate Release
Ranger Emily G. Prigot 508.996.4095 ext. 6105
Artist-In-Residence Program at National ParkNew Bedford, MA – The arts have long thrived in the city of New Bedford and continue to do so today. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park supports the arts with its Artist-In-Residence program. The park has announced that it is accepting applications for the coming fiscal year (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019) for its Artist-In-Residence program. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located at 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. The deadline for the next residency is August 31st. Interested artists may click on the link for the application. https://www.nps.gov/nebe/getinvolved/artist-in-residence.htm.
The park’s Artist-In-Residence program began in the Fall of 2018 in the newly designed Corson Makerspace. Each Artist-In-Residence works at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park MakerSpace for a period of three months. Artists and artisans from all disciplines, including painting, crafts, such as woodworking, quilting, textiles, jewelry, 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.
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.
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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