The Co-Creative Center Opens March 15, 2018!

February 16, 2018

The grand opening of our long-anticipated Co-Creative Center is right around the corner! Want to see this formerly vacant piece of New Bedford history come back to life? There’s no better time than now to purchase your ticket for our Thursday, March 15th Urban Soiree.

Located in the heart of downtown in two formerly vacant and blighted historic buildings, this state of the art 10,000 square foot development includes a community gallery, education and Maker Space, art studios, co-work space, apartments, People’s Pressed Juice Bar and a Boutique Salon! 100% of the units are leased out and tenants are moving in.

Explore this formerly vacant block’s transformation into a collaborative art space, and meet project architect Kathryn Duff of studio2sustain, and general contractor South Coast Improvement Company. View our art gallery with work by local artists Holly Curruthers, Kim Gatesman, Brooke Mullins Doherty, Michael Walden, Deb Ehrens, Kate Rego, and Denn Santoro and Helen Granger from S and G Project Gallery.


  • 137 Union Street, New Bedford, MA. 02740.


  • 4:00 PM- Ribbon cutting. Open to the public.
  • 5:30- 8:00 PM- CO+ Urban Soiree, featuring live jazz band Swing Cafe, open bar by OCD Beverage, raw bar and tastings from Morton’s Fork Catering. Join us for the public ribbon cutting and stay for this ticketed fundraiser!

Last year, the vacant block was in development, now enjoy live jazz band, open bar, raw bar and tastings from Morton’s Fork Catering in the completed project with a community gallery, Maker Space and education center.

Ticket $75.00, $30.00 for Creatives/Students

No soiree ticket yet? There is still time to purchase one. Tickets are $75 ($30 for Creatives and Students!) and can be purchased through the link below. You can also reserve your ticket by calling our office at 508-997-1776, visiting our office at 15 Johnny Cake Hill, or mailing a check. Checks can be made payable to WHALE and mailed to 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. Space is limited, so make sure to grab your ticket today! Click Here to Purchase Your Ticket.

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Thank you to all of the supporters who made this event possible:

 Co-Creative Center Project Supporters

Pioneers for Innovation

1772 Foundation
Ruth & Hope Atkinson (In Memoriam)
Bristol County Savings Bank
City of New Bedford HOME Funds
Garfield Foundation
Island Foundation
MassCultural Council Facilities Fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Santander Bank
Upstream Foundation
Rainy Day Fund

Arts Sustainer
BayCoast Bank

Local Arts Advocates
AHA! New Bedford
Gurdon Buck (in memoriam)
Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Christina Connelly
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union
Nancy Crosby
Paul & Donna Downey
June Goguen
Peter Hawes
Peter & Mary Kavanaugh
Peter Muise
New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!
New Bedford Economic Development Council
Marcy Wintrub
Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA

Creative Economy Partner
Arthur & Jean Bennett
Teri Bernert & Paul Krause
Philip Marshall & Nan Starr
Wendy Nicholas & James Dorsey
Anne V.V. Webb

Historic District Enthusiasts
Jane Abbott
Erik Bednarek
Crystal Campbell
Lew and Beverly Carter
Allan & Priscilla Ditchfield
Ian & Kathryn Duff
David & Sandra Hall
Roger & Gayle Mandle
Trip & Dora Millikin
Not Your Average Joe’s
Corey Pacheco & Elizabeth Kalife
Joseph M. Pitts
Joyce D. Lopes Realty Corp.
Paula J. Popeo
Kenneth Reardon
Gail Rodrigues
R. P. Valois & Company, Inc.
Nicholas & Deborah Sullivan
Adrian Tio

Urban Preservationists
Amanda DeGrace
Carmen M. DeGrace
Kenneth J. DeGrace
Diana Henry Realty
Kimberly Ferro
Jennifer Forbes
Viera Levit
Scott Lima
Anne Louro
William Moniz & Diane Brodeur
New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
New Bedford Historical Society
Patronicity Campaign Supporters
Sean Silva
Richard Skinner & Patricia Houlihan
Marc & Nichole St. Pierre
Charles & Maryse Toomey
Colin & Janet Williams

Urban Soiree Hosts

Founder Level
Bristol County Savings Bank
Andrew and Amy Burnes
Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Thomas Gidwitz and Gail Davidson
Attorney Joseph and Carolyn Michaud

Builder’s Circle Level
Cooper Insurance Agency, Inc.
R. P. Valois & Company

President Level
David and Joanne Cameron
Peter J. Hawes
Diana Henry Realty
Ann and Lloyd MacDonald
Roger and Gayle Mandle
Corey Pacheco and Elizabeth Kalife
D.F. Pray
St. Anne’s Credit Union

Leader Level
Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation
Robert and Jane Bernert
Peter and Mary Kavanaugh
New Bedford Economic Development Council
Danielle N. Poyant
South Coast Improvement Company
Star Holdings
Steven Spiegel
studio2sustain inc.