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“Many times in history, when the world is crumbling, things are happening. The artists come out. The artists speak out. Art Flourishes.”

Alison Wells, New Bedford Artist

About the Film

Three New Bedford artists rise above the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and create artwork that inspires hope and healing to the Southcoast.

Alison Wells carries a large painting to New Bedford's Whaling Museum during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alison Wells, a Trinidanian Fine Artist delivers art to the Whaling Museum for her first solo showcase at the museum during the summer of 2020.

Film Credits

Director: Drew Furtado
Assistant Director: Chris Gauthier
Music Composer: Jeremy Young

Artists Featured:


  • New England Regional NATAS Documentary Emmy Nomination 2020
  • Selected Screening Woods Hole International Film Festival 2021
  • Selected Screening Arlington International Film Festival
  • Selected Screening SENE Film Festival 2021
    • SENE Film Festival New England Documentary Award
    • SENE Film Festival Audience Choice New England Documentary Award
  • Selected Screening New Haven International Film Festival 2021
  • Selected Screening Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2022
Lindsay Mis, director of DATMA leads a group of art supports through downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Lindsay Mis, executive director of DATMA, leads a walking tour through of art installations during summer 2020.

About This Film

Originally this film wanted to explore the origins of New Bedford’s art and culture renaissance. In the early 2000’s the city and state invested millions of dollars to revitalize the crumbling and defunt Star Store, and move UMASS Dartmouth’s College of Visual Performing Arts to downtown New Bedford.

The addition of the UMASS CVPA introduced the city to hundreds of student artists from across the globe, and transformed New Bedford’s downtown forever.

However, that story wasn’t the story we ending up producing. In the Spring of 2020, New Bedford, Massachusetts, became shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the city.

While the city shut down, artists continued to work through the pandemic, and provided the community with hope and inspiration.

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About the Author
About the Author

Drew Furtado is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and leader of a nationally recognized high school media arts communication department .

He develops guides and strategies for nonprofit and educational organizations to improve and grow their social media presence, website development, and communication practices that best engages audiences.

New Bedford, Massachusetts

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