Co-Creative Center receives MassDevelopment Grant

The Co-Creative Center has received a Mass Development Collaborative Workspace grant through WHALe, The Waterfront Historic Area League.

Senator Montigny announced the $14,165 grant that will help the Co-Creative Center connect, support and celebrate artists and cultural entrepreneurship in New Bedford.

The grant will allow the Co-Creative Center to expand it's equipment and infrastructure. Improvements include acoustic and sound isolation, IT enhancements, and professional artist’s equipment.

“Today’s New Bedford is bustling with creativity and entrepreneurship that has blossomed in our historic city,” the Senator Montiny said.

Dena Haden named program manager at Co-Creative Center!

From SouthCoast Today by Contributing Writer Steven Froias on April 27, 2018

Dena Haden, artist and co-founder of the coworking facility, Groundwork!, has a new role to play in downtown New Bedford. She has been named CO+ program manager of the recently opened Co-Creative Center at 137 Union St.

Waterfront Area Historic League, project owner and developer of the Co-Creative Center, selected Haden for the position based on her commitment to the center’s mission as reflected by her work experience, education and participation in the arts community.

“We’re excited to welcome Dena to the Co-Creative Center as CO+ program manager. Her outstanding ability to create a sense of community will be felt at 137 Union St. as well as throughout the entire city of New Bedford,” said WHALE executive director Teri Bernert.

“As a local artist, co-founder of Groundwork! and board member of the public mural project, SUPERFLAT New Bedford,” according to a news release, “Dena has engaged the local community as an art organizer and sees public collaborative art as a vital component of its success and sustainability. She has played a significant role in the New Bedford arts community and has provided vision and direction in the strategic growth of initiating public art in and around the city.”

A shared arts workspace and gallery dedicated to collaboration and education, “Dena will play an integral role at weaving all aspects of community building” into the Co-Creative Center, the release continues. The center’s mission is to “establish a footprint for creative enterprise in the historic downtown to connect, support and celebrate artists and cultural entrepreneurship.”

Ribbon Cutting & Urban Soiree Pictures

Thanks to everybody who came out to make our March 15th "Ribbon Cutting & Urban Soiree" such a success! The work continues!


Leasing Opportunity at the Co-Creative Center!

The CO+ will be a 10,000 square-foot development that will foster New Bedford’s creative economy. Located on 139/141 Union St, this abandoned block will be transformed into a collaborative retail, living and arts space that includes a community gallery, education center and maker space in the heart of downtown’s historic district. The grand opening is set for this November 2017.

WHALE, as owner and developer, is looking for individuals or businesses that align in some way with CO+, meaning:

  • a creative or community-based initiative such as a non-profit/individual/collective group

  • a start-up/business that will stimulate the economy of that block, such as a start-up or emerging shop or company

  • an artist or maker that wants a studio space for their craft

Rentals currently available:

At 139 Union St.: two affordable, long-term offices (81sf and 101sf) on the second floor with a conference space and copier to be shared with other non-profits. The CO+ hopes to attract another non-profit or community-driven initiative that compliments signed tenants.

Rentals are affordable and vary! For more information, call Executive Director Teri Bernert at (508) 997-1776. Eligible candidates will be invited to a site visit

About Location:

The CO+ is right beside Downtown New Bedford’s Custom Square Park. It is the only block that sits on overlapping designations within all three downtown districts: Seaport Cultural District, Whaling National Historical Park and the Transformative Development Initiative. It has become the city’s vibrant, cultural hub right by the working waterfront.