New Bedford creative sector selected for Barr Foundation investment

New grants, training program, and messaging will bolster local creative economy,launching with online event Friday, October 15, at 12:00pm

NEW BEDFORD, MA  — New Bedford’s sizzling creative sector continues to set a blistering pace of return value to the community with more exciting news this autumn: New Bedford Creative, housed at the New Bedford Economic Development Council, has been selected as the lead partner on a year-long training and grant program supported by the Barr Foundation.  

The funding will support a program that is part of a national “Creating Connection” initiative directed by Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. The effort will draw on data-driven strategies to support New Bedford organizations in messaging the value of the creative sector to the city for residents and visitors alike. 

“Once again, the inspiring work of New Bedford artists and cultural trailblazers is being recognized by the Barr Foundation, and now the respected Arts Midwest national organization, for its ability to positively impact and transform the city,” says Margo Saulnier.