Brian Tillet on the New Bedford Art Scene [OPINION]
If you spend any time in New Bedford, especially downtown, you probably noticed an ever-increasing vibrancy in the cityscape. In the last few years, a wave of murals has been splashed on the city's building-sides, crosswalks, and overpasses. Many of these works represent the people who live here and feature symbols of New Bedford's cultural significance in the movement for civil rights, art, music, and most obviously, fishing and whaling.
Much of the recent work has been supported by a newer organization called Superflat NB. Superflat NB's mission is to make high-quality art more publicly available by bringing it to the streets for everyone to appreciate.
Recently, I had local artist Brian Tillet on my program to discuss the artistic renaissance that has taken to the city streets in the last few years, as he's had a hand in many of the recent projects.
The work Brian and the many local artists are doing is important not to only make the city more colorful, but also to make certain areas that went unnoticed feel more inviting, such as his recent Sears Court project.
Brian talked about the works that have been done, the philosophy behind these projects, and what new projects to look forward to. You can listen to the full conversation here:
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