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The Swain Studio is located in the northeast corner of the CVPA Star Store Campus building. This corner gallery provides outside viewing from the intersection of Union and Purchase Streets in downtown New Bedford.

Star Series Schedule of Events

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Thursday, March 4: Spoken Word
Evening with local poets, curated by Nick LeBlanc

Thursday, March 11: Visual Arts
Featuring artist Alexandra Broches in a special presentation and closing reception for her exhibition, “Dear Alexandra, Letters and Pictures From a Box” at the University Art Gallery, presented with her daughter and granddaughter. Special guest artists include New Bedford’s Poet Laureate Patricia Gomes and UMass Dartmouth Artist in Residence Tracey Cockrell. This event is offered in celebration of Women's History Month.

Thursday, March 18: Music
El Caribe Trio, featuring Jamie Eckert, Lee Dias and Chris Cardaci on steel drums. UMass Dartmouth music students will perform during the intermission.

Thursday, March 25: Performing Arts
TóCruz & The Crew, playing a variety of original Cape Verdean music along with the oral history and inspiration for the music. The evening will also include a dance performance during the intermission.

Thursday, April 1: Spoken Word
Evening with local poets curated by Nick LeBlanc with a special guest UMass Dartmouth CVPA graduate student Emma Young.

Thursday, April 8: Visual Arts
Featuring graduate students from the 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Star Store Campus.

Thursday, April 15: Music
Celebration of Portuguese heritage and culture; funded by The Fitzpatrick Luso-American Endowment at UMass Dartmouth

Thursday, April 22: Performing Arts
Performance by The Collective NB, led by Kevin Mitchell

Thursday, April 29: Series Finale
Grand finale of the CVPA Star Series and a celebration of the New Bedford creative community with live music, art and performances from 6 to 9 pm.

Note: This program is subject to change. More details about each week's program will be updated here.


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