The mission of the Co-Creative Center is to establish a footprint for creative enterprise in the historic downtown to connect, support and celebrate artists and cultural entrepreneurship.


Completed in Spring 2018, the Co-Creative Center (CO+) is part of a 10,000 square-foot mixed-use development project of the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE).

WHALE purchased two abandoned historic buildings in 2016 to develop as a thriving mixed-used project dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown’s creative economy. The historic restoration, designed by architect studio2sustain, features cutting edge sustainable design. Visit WHALE to learn more about the project.

The project is now home to four loft apartments, the Women’s Fund, Massage Therapy, People’s Pressed, Beauty Union, Dyer Maker Studio, Studio Berta, Design Art and Technology of Massachusetts, and Beauty Union.


The Co-Creative, supported by WHALE, is the central part of this thriving arts-based development. The CO+ brings together innovative thinkers in a collaborative creative space that includes a community gallery, education center and makerspace and coworking space in the heart of downtown’s historic district. With workshops and events open to the public as well as monthly membership tiers to fit all needs, CO+ is a place for residents, students, entrepreneurs and regional talent. Come get involved in New Bedford’s creative economy!


The Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) is a community development corporation dedicated to the neighborhood restoration of New Bedford, MA. The non-profit developer repurposes the city’s most endangered buildings as creative venues, social enterprises and affordable housing. 

Learn more about WHALE.