Join the New Bedford Lyceum from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 20, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for a talk by David Byrne, former Attorney General of Ireland, on how diplomacy brought peace to Northern Ireland: Reflections on The Good Friday Agreement and its impact on Brexit today. Call 508-997-0046 ext.100 for tickets or buy them online


 The Community Foundation hosted its 22nd Annual Meeting on June 13, with Guest Speaker Mass. Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker discussing the role arts & culture can play in cities working to re-invigorate themselves. She called New Bedford a "poster child" for cities on how to use arts & culture to make themselves better places to live and work.  Read the article in The Standard-Times



      The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website 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 for more information.








  • As part of the ongoing Arts, Culture & Creativity Initiative, the Community Foundation is reaching out to key stakeholders in both the arts and cultural community and the broader population in the SouthCoast region through a survey (click link below). In addition to community conversations and focus groups held in Fall River and New Bedford this summer, the results of this survey will inform our efforts to pursue this initiative. Please take just ten minutes to complete this survey and support the future of arts and culture in the region; the survey closes on July 24.

    What's Next? The Survey.

    This initiative, made possible through the support of the Barr Foundation, is exploring opportunities to realize an even more vibrant and diverse arts and culture community for both cities. Read the ideas and insights from the New Bedford conversations or from the Fall River conversations.   Send us your insights and visions.


  • Megan Doyle, a general assignment reporter at The Press Herald of Portland, ME, has been awarded the fifth annual MacGregor Fiske Novice Journalist Award. The MacGregor Fiske Fund of the Community Foundation was established to recognize a print journalist who is relatively new to the field, encourage him or her to persevere in the profession and honor the contributions of journalists to sustaining an informed society. Pictured are Megan Doyle with Mary McCann, who established the fund in memory of her late husband, MacGregor Fiske. Read the press release.