New Bedford Local Cultural Council Announces 2022 Grant Recipients – New Bedford Guide



The New Bedford Local Cultural Council (NBLCC) is pleased to announce the grant winners for 2022. New Bedford has received a total of $119,600 to distribute during the 2022 grant cycle. This funding is awarded to individuals, groups and agencies whose projects enhance the arts, sciences and humanities in the city of New Bedford.

Each year, volunteer board members screen dozens of applications. The Council makes grants to those who promote and enhance the quality of life for New Bedford residents by providing places that enhance education, diversity, the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. Based on a survey of New Bedford residents in the summer of 2021, priority was given to projects that feature outdoor performances and free programming, support individual artists, and include audiences from marginalized populations and underserved.

The Council strives to fund as many projects as possible. This year, 69 of 74 nominees were chosen for awards. The CCNB salutes the creativity of all those who applied for grants and who took the time to read and apply the Board’s priorities.

For those interested in applying for next year’s grant round, please visit the New Bedford Local Cultural Council website:

Note that current application dates and board priorities have not yet been updated from last year. These dates and priorities will change in August and application will open in September. The deadline for applications has been October 15 in the past, although this may change due to Covid-related variables.

The council maintains a Facebook page that shares information related to grant expiry dates. Follow them at

For those interested in learning more about other grant opportunities, as well as arts and programs at New Bedford, log on to – This online destination showcases the artists, artisans, attractions, events and places that form the cultural fabric of this port city on Massachusetts’ south coast.

New Bedford Cultural Council 2022 Laureates

• 10th Annual New Bedford Jazz Festival
• 50th Annual Cape Verde Recognition Parade
• Access to the arts
• Acushnet Ave Music Club Mural
• African Percussion Enrichment Club
• Black In Business Vacation Sellers Market
• Black in business: supplier market
• BodyBodyBody and Riverside Beats
• Boys and Girls Clubs Art Program
• Co-creation sessions
• free senior tickets
• Creature function
• DETOUR – Explore the people and places of historic New Bedford
• Discover Buzzards Bay: New Bedford
• Duo of pianists, composers and educators Whipple & Morales in concert
• Dye to wear it: create community through color
• Fishing boats: the art of the commercial fishing industry
• Foreground: music, art and culture
• Gallery X disconnected
• Unplugged game
• GLCPS Theater Club – Moana
• Happy Camp
• Henri le Jongleur show
• Exercise on the hip-hop dance chair for seniors!
• Hummingbird Project
• I’m Autistic I’m Fantastic
• IGNITE Youth Art Showcase
• Jazz at the AHA!
• Jim Robitaille Group
• Lewis Hines Photo Project
• Mindfulness/Yoga/Hands-on Art Projects/Journal
• MOBA 101 and Living in Hard Times
• MOBY DICK: Chapter 87 – The Great Armada
• NBHS Drama Club presents Godspell
• New Bedford Clemente course
• New Bedford Festival Theater Summer Academy 2022 “Beauty and the Beast and beyond!”
• New Bedford Holiday Walk
• New Bedford Light Cultural Calendar
• One South Coast – Unity on our community
• Origami Storigami
• Passport to History 2022
• Courtyard of Comida
• Hands-on workshops on best practices
• AHA PRIDE! Night of June 9, 2022
• Reggae on the west beach
• Scapeghost Presents: Unexpected Music
• Sea Life Balloon Animal Twisting Workshop
• Seaport Art Walk
• Shakespeare in NB 2022 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• Feature local musicians and local food
• Songs and Stories – Highway Bandits
• SouthCoast Children’s Theater presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’
• Southcoast Terrapin Startup Project
• Spinner Discussion Series: Paul Cuffé
• Stove Boat Concert Series
• Swan Lake
• Teen Ambassadors
• Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP)
• The Artist Index – Podcasts from targeted music artists
• Artist Index – Podcast Transcript
• The Artist Index – Theater Artist Podcasts
• The Collective’s 2022 summer series
• The student showcase
• Um Frenti Unido – Cabo Verdean cultural showcase
• Using STEAM to create public art: 3D mural
• Youth Concert 2022: Gravity in space and sound
• YTI Summer Season 2022
• YWCA Youth Services


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