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Upper Level Rotating Galleries
New Bedford Whaling Museum
April 22 – May 31, 2022

This special exhibit showcases artworks from local students inspired by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. The showcase features paintings and drawings from more than 20 young artists in grades 4 through 12. Their artworks reflect the inspiration of abolitionists Polly Johnson and Harriet Jacobs, labor activists Eulalia Mendes and Laurinda Andrade, artists Cecil Clark Davis and Nancy Holt, and more. 

These artworks come from a call for artists in March 2022 when youth were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original artworks. Students from 10 different afterschool, school, or homeschools submitted artworks, including Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Global Learning Charter School, and Dartmouth High School. 

Opening Event

Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Harborview Gallery, New Bedford Whaling Museum
FREE and open to the public

Come meet the artists and view the artworks on Thursday, April 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Questions? Contact: Cathy Saunders, Lighting the Way Coordinator

This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

      Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What is Lighting the Way? 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. Learn more at
  2. Who can participate in Ignite: A Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast? Any student in grades 4 -12.
  3. Will my name be displayed on the piece? If you choose, you will be given credit for your piece. However, if you choose to be anonymous, you can do that as well.
  4. Will I get my artwork back? Yes. The Whaling Museum will not assume ownership of your piece. The Whaling Museum will contact you in June to pick up your piece.
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