NB Walking Tours

Ryan McFee, Todd Woodward and Doug Motta created this New Bedford mural, which is painted on the side of Folco Jewelers at the intersection of Nash Road and Achushnet Avenue.

Reimagining urban spaces has become second nature to New Bedford artists. Throughout the city there are public areas that have been either activated or redefined, thanks to the creative impulses of local artists.

This summer, as communities reimagine what time spent outdoors means without public events due to the COVID-19 crisis, outdoor art exhibits in New Bedford have been collected into three self-guided Public Art Walking Tours by New Bedford Creative. The tours can be enjoyed by the community while still practicing social distancing.

“Being able to visit works of art outside, and in person now, is an extra special gift. I hope folks will get out and walk to see the murals, statues and other outside art that may have been hiding in plain sight,” says Patricia Thomas, co-chairman of New Bedford Creative Consortium’s Public Art Squad.

The self-guided tours are available to residents and visitors alike as either downloadable PDFs or via a specially created Google map. You can find links to both on NewBedfordCreative.org’s cultural district page and the tours page on DestinationNewBedford.org.

The tours are arranged into three distinct districts in New Bedford: The Seaport Cultural District—Downtown; The Seaport Cultural District— Waterfront; and Love The Ave in the North End centered along Acushnet Avenue.

In all, over 50 works of art ranging from murals to sculpture are represented on the tours.

Art Walking Tour participants and encouraged to take pictures and share them to social media with the hashtag #NBCreative.

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