Call for Young Artists

Call for Young Artists

January 30, 2020

IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Submission deadline: February 23, 2020

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts are inviting young artists between the ages of 12 and 22 years to explore the impact of women in the region through original works of art created for IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Artworks in any medium will be considered for the showcase as long as they celebrate one or more of the women profiled by the history project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Art selected to be a part of the Ignite showcase will be exhibited or performed at the Whaling Museum on March 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m. The submission deadline is February 23, 2020. IGNITE is supported in part by Mass Humanities, through a grant that was made possible by Mass Cultural Council. Full details and submission guidelines are available at

Artists who are selected for the showcase will be notified by March 2. All pieces included in the showcase will be eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality. Award winners will be announced after the showcase.

Launched in 2018, Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region and is unearthing remarkable stories of women who have shaped their SouthCoast communities. Whaling Museum Director of Education Christina Turner said, “For IGNITE, we’re looking for artworks that highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through the Lighting the Way profiles. 2020 is the Centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. So we encourage young artists to focus on this important anniversary, or the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or on women who were civically engaged.”

The Whaling Museum is offering an optional free Lighting the Way workshop for young artists on February 17 to help artists learn about interpreting themes when creating works of art. The workshop is offered at two different times during the day: from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Advance registration is required for this Lighting the Way workshop. Register by emailing or register online at Additional workshops for middle and high school students are also being offered during February school vacation as part of the Museum’s Art Week. Workshops are free but advance registration at is required.

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Evan England
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(401) 753-5588

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Whaling Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit