Meet Valerie Bassett, the new Executive Director of the Women's Fund, during office hours she will host at 1 pm on Fridays during the month of March, Women's History Month. The office hours will be held in the Community Foundation conference room at 63 Union St., New Bedford. She hopes to meet area residents and leaders, learn about what they do and how it affects women - and also how she can work with the community on Women’s Fund priorities to promote education and economic opportunity for girls and women,
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The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website recently launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
The newly formed SouthCoast LGBTQ Network,a project of the Community Foundation, will host its inaugural event, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Celebrating a Decade of Marriage Equality, from 4 to 7 pm on May 31 at the Waypoint Event Center on New Bedford's historic waterfront. The event has two goals: to celebrate ten years of marriage equality in Massachusetts and to highlight the growing needs of LGBTQ elders and youth in our area. Read the full press release for more about the Network and ticket/event information.
In other news, AHA! was named by the Complex City Guide as one of the "10 cities that creatives should move to that are not New York City or Los Angeles." AHA has also been awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant to connect neighborhoods with downtown New Bedford's Art Scene. One of only 150 projects to be awarded the grant, AHA! plans to expand awareness of the downtown’s cultural programming, including its monthly second Thursday arts and culture nights, into other city neighborhoods. For a full press release.