Black Lives Matter
At its most powerful, the arts and culture of a city can help reveal the shadows of the past, amplify its present and shine a light toward its future. By standing in solidarity with the movement for Black lives, the New Bedford Creative Consortium promises to do our part to end systemic racism, inequitable opportunities, and discriminatory violence, no matter how long it takes.
We acknowledge the leadership and are proud of our youth organizers in our city, and recognize the generations of frustration and pain people of color have experienced here and throughout the country. The challenge to ensure all people are equal in our community requires a deeper examination – and it is important we all reflect on the truth of our past as a community and incorporate it in all aspects of our current and future practice.
Our vision as the creative community in New Bedford is to be “an engaged and powerful partner, inspiring social, economic, and cultural growth.” One of our roles as leaders of arts and culture is to ensure that people of color in our city receive equal treatment, respect and opportunity each and every citizen is entitled to in this country. We will continue to support our organizational partners and artists who do this important work in order for people of color to succeed, feel safe, seen, and empowered.
Over the past year and a half, New Bedford Creative has invested $182,000 in grants with 62% of those funds directly to minority-led organizations or projects. However, we all have more work to do. Only by listening, learning, and empowering creativity for all our citizens will we continue to realize the vision of a more just society in New Bedford and beyond.