Common Ground Mosaic Story Hour

Common Ground

Community members have the opportunity to lend their voice to the collective story of Greater New Bedford using writing, audio, video, and other means of recording. The initiative will culminate in an exhibition that shares the lived experiences of our enduring and dynamic communities.

Common Ground: A Community Mosaic

What's Your Story?

If you have a connection to Greater New Bedford, lend your voice to the community mosaic using writing, audio, video, and other means of recording. It's easy! Click on the Common Ground Mosaic button below for story prompts and access to a platform for contributing your story.

What’s your story?

New Bedford is an extraordinary place of infinite possibilities where different paths from around the world have intersected and defined the city’s character.

The Museum is collecting and sharing the stories of the Greater New Bedford community – in your own words. Community members have the opportunity to lend their voice to the collective story of Greater New Bedford using writing, audio, video, and other means of recording. The initiative will culminate in an exhibition that shares the lived experiences of our enduring and dynamic communities.

From its beginnings as a part of the Wampanoag territory to its early Azorean and Cape Verdean immigrants, and more recent Central American and Caribbean immigrants, the common thread throughout New Bedford’s history has been migration and ethnic and cultural diversity—the heartbeat of this port city. Like a mosaic, this exhibition will highlight how the diverse identities and individual stories intersect to create a singular picture of New Bedford – finding the common ground. Common Ground Flyer (pdf)

For questions about the project or information about other ways to submit a story, contact Interim Project Director Michael Lapides.

Excerpts from Common Ground stories