Common Ground: Arts & Culture Community Stories - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Common Ground: Arts & Culture Community Stories

With special guest host Akeia de Barros Gomes, and Storytellers Victor Fonseca, Ron Fortier, Carl Simmons, and Alison Wells
Sunday, April 2, 2023 |  4:00pm - 6:00pm

We invite you to a special program offered in concert with our Common Ground exhibition, where we hear from storytellers and invite you to reflect on and share your own connections to the SouthCoast. The event begins with stories in the Cook Memorial Theater, followed by a cocktail reception with lite bites and access to the exhibition space.

Common Ground: Community Stories is an ambitious oral history project and exhibition to create a full picture of the Greater New Bedford region and residents through story collection. A key goal is to give voice to community members. By gathering individual stories, Common Ground presents a diverse, inclusive, and celebratory accounting of the lived experiences of SouthCoast residents.

“Common Ground: Arts & Culture Community Stories” is the first of three Common Ground events to be hosted at the Whaling Museum. Join us again for “Common Ground: Immigration Community Stories” on Friday, June 2 from 5-7 PM, and on Sunday, June 7 from 4-6 PM for “Common Ground: Activism Community Stories.”

Tickets: $20 General Public | $10 Membership

Common Ground is made possible through major funding by the William M. Wood Foundation, with additional support from Mass Humanities, and individual supporters listed below. As of January 2022, project partners include SouthCoast Artist Index, 20mi2, Our Lady of the Assumption, the New Bedford Free Public Library, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, the Westport Free Public Library, Hong Meas, the SouthCoast LGBTQ+ Network, and the AME Bethel Church.

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Howe Allen & Timothy Evans
Thomas P. Barry & Nancy Shanik
Christina M. Bascom
Jackie & John Beauregard
Lybi & Mark Bittner
Susan S. Brenninkmeyer
Anne Broholm
Karyn & Ben Campbell
Ginette Castro & Michael Oleksak
Breana & Benjamin Cole
Paula Cordeiro & David O'Brien
Cynthia & Douglas Crocker II

Emily & Horace Field
Clare Healy Foley & Paul Foley
Jennifer Forbes
Bettye & Robert Freeman
Tally & John N. Garfield, Jr.
Sharon & David Giblin
Vanessa & John Gralton
Denise & Charles Hixon
Joy & Carl Horstmann
Margaret Jackson
Patricia & John M. Kalisz
Margot & George Kalkanis
Martha & Michael Keating

Frances F. Levin
Shena Lowe
Doris & John Ludes
Anita & Willitts Mendonca
Tina & Joseph Nauman
Heather Parsons & Andrew Kotsatos
Mark Rasmussen
Katherine Read & William Sommerville
Cathy & Henry Roberts
Tricia & Chris Schade
Sloan M. & Wick Simmons