DATMA – Design, Art, Technology, Massachusetts – is back in New Bedford for the third consecutive year. DATMA offers free public art projects to educate and inform residents of Southeastern Massachusetts.

This year's subject is water, and DATMA has designed three exhibitions that will examine the role of water within the histories, economies, and cultures of several countries, as well as the SouthCoast.

The larger exhibits will feature specially-designed kiosks displaying photos along public walkways in Downtown New Bedford and on the waterfront.

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Contributors to the exhibitions include Hyung S. Kim's photographs of Korean shellfish divers (above), Craig Easton's photographs of English smokehouse workers, also known as "The Herring Lasses," and New Bedford's Phil Mello with photographs of women working in the local fishing industry.

Also featured will be internationally-known Swiss artist Zimoun who will create an intricate sculpture at the UMass Dartmouth School of Visual and Performing Arts in the Star Store building at Union and Purchase Streets.

Also part of the exhibition will be photos taken by underwater cameras developed by the UMass School of Marine Science and Technology. The exhibit is entitled "Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep," showing the diverse ecosystems of our region’s seafloor and the women in fisheries science conducting this important research.

DATMA Executive Director Lindsay Mis and Phil Mello joined Townsquare Sunday this week to talk about this summer's program, which will run from June 17 to October 17. Their interview can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program that airs Sunday morning at 6 on 1420 WBSM. The program features organizations and individuals working to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live and work.

If you would like to have your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, please e-mail the host at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com.

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