Elevate Summit coming to Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove

Elevate Summit coming to Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove

NEW BEDFORD, MA – In case you haven’t seen the news yet, Southcoast’s first ever mindfulness summit is coming to the city, right here at Kilburn Mill in the Kilburn Event Center. 

The Elevate Summit will be a one-day mindfulness event that will take place in New Bedford on Wednesday, November 6t, 2019. Its mission is to educate, encourage, and empower people to harness their innate capacity for happiness and health by educating them about mindfulness, dispelling some of its most common myths, and offering tangible tools that attendees can use in their daily lives. 

The Summit, which will host up to 500 participants in the Kilburn Event Center, will feature breakout sessions throughout the day, a speaking program with a keynote speaker and panel discussion, and an Elevate Marketplace featuring mindfulness-inspired services and vendors.

Kilburn Mill management and staff  isn’t programming or running the summit – that’s the job of one of our valued tenants, Kelley L. Cabral-Mosher, LICSW, who has office space in the building, and Elevate’s other co-founder, Caroline Paradis and their team.

But we certainly want to do everything we can to help Elevate be successful, so are happy to share vendor info below with our followers.  This comes straight from Elevate, and includes this link to a Google doc sign-up form….

“The Elevate Marketplace will feature community-minded organizations and businesses who are fostering positive change in our community through mindfulness. We are seeking vendors who offer products and services that help people cultivate a sense of mindfulness in their lives.

We are offering three levels of participation:

1. Elevate Marketplace Leader ($500 investment)

  • Prime table placement at the Elevate Summit, with exposure to up to 500 attendees
  • Opportunity to attend speaking program and breakout sessions
  • Business name and logo in the Elevate program with a brief description of products / services
  • Recognition on Elevate social media page(s) with a link to company social media page & website
  • Promotion in pre-event and post-event e-mail blast to attendees and sponsors
  • Opportunity to provide a product or handout for the Elevate swag bag

2. Elevate Marketplace Partner ($250 investment)

  • One table at the Elevate Summit, with exposure to up to 500 attendees
  • Opportunity to attend speaking program and breakout sessions
  • Business name and logo in the Elevate program
  • Recognition on Elevate social media page(s)

3. Elevate Marketplace Vendor ($100 investment)

  • One table at the Elevate Summit, with exposure to up to 500 attendees
  • Business name listed in the Elevate program
Music in the City this summer in New Bedford

Music in the City this summer in New Bedford

One of our favorite moments here at Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove took place this past winter in the Kilburn Event Center. It was when the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra came to perform a concert of movie tunes in the space to a packed house. It truly was a night to remember. 

The Kilburn Event Center was built out in an astonishing 45 days to house last summer’s blockbuster art exhibit, “A Grand Panorama of Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.” It, too, was a big moment for us here in Kilburn – and we were proud to host the show for the New Bedford Whaling Museum. 

Culture matters in New Bedford – it’s in the lifeblood of the city and also part of the 21st century identity of Kilburn Mill, home to many artists and an Artisan Center in addition to the multi-purpose Event Center. 

We’re happy to share that the NBSO is once again on the road. “Music in the City” will bring smaller concerts to venues throughout New Bedford all summer long. 

We’re pleased we can share this news and the Music in the City schedule on this blog with you below. Because we love being part of the fabric of this community and always want to do what we can to celebrate its cultural achievements with the extended Kilburn family. 

The entire Music in the City performance list is below. 

For the most up-to-date listing of the Music in the City concert locations and times, follow NBSO on social media by searching for #NBSOmusicinthecity at:

Music in the City Summer Concert Schedule (subject to change)

July 23, 6–7pm, Casa Da Saudade Library, 58 Crapo St, New Bedford

July 24, 12:30–1:30pm, Dennison Memorial Community Center, 755 South 1st St, New Bedford

July 26, 12noon–1pm, Fall River City Hall, 1 Government Center, Fall River

July 26, 3:30–4:30pm, Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave, New Bedford

July 31, 11:30am–12:30pm, Wilks Library, 1911 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford

August 3, 12noon–1pm, New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant St, New Bedford

August 7, 12noon–1pm, Fall River City Hall, 1 Government Center, Fall River

August 8, 5–6pm, AHA! Night, Custom House Square, 21 Barkers Lane, New Bedford

August 8, 5:30–6:30pm, Fall River Library “Galaxy Night,” 104 North Main Street

August 8, 6–7pm, AHA! Night, Rotch Jones Duff House, 396 County St, New Bedford

August 11, 1–2pm, Rotch Jones Duff House “Open House at The Mansions” (free admission 12noon–3pm), 396 County St, New Bedford

August 14, 11:45am–12:45pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

August 16, 10:30–11:30am, Clasky Common Park, 1359 Purchase St, New Bedford

August 17, 5:30–6:30pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

August 21, 11:45am–12:45pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

August 21, 6–7pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

August 25, 3–4pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

August 28, 6–7pm, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol St, Fall River

September 7, 11am–12noon, Fall River Library Re-opening Ceremony, 104 North Main Street

September 12, 6–7pm, AHA! Night, Whaling Museum’s Captain Paul Cuffee Park, Corner of Johnny Cake Hill and Union Street, New Bedford

September 20, 5:30-6:30pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo (in park near Zoo entrance), 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford

Wicked Cool Places grant applications available for creative placemaking

Wicked Cool Places grant applications available for creative placemaking

Beginning this week, anyone with an idea to make a public place in New Bedford ‘wicked cool’ can apply to the city’s Wicked Cool Places (WCP) grant to help turn their vision into reality.

WCP is the City of New Bedford’s grant program for creative placemaking. It is funded by the city of New Bedford’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, with additional funding by Bristol County Savings Bank, Mass Cultural Council, and MassDevelopment.

WCP seeks to enhance community development, arts entrepreneurship, and ongoing investment in the rich arts and culture of the city. New Bedford artists, cultural organizations and talented citizens are encouraged to apply for a WCP grant through August 16.

Applications can be found at NewBedfordCreative.org, the just-launched website for all things #NBcreative. For more information, email Margo Saulnier, New Bedford’s Creative Strategist, at artsnewbedford@gmail.com.

“The goal of Wicked Cool Places is to unite property and business owners with artistic and cultural groups, using arts as a tool to help transform New Bedford’s overlooked or undervalued places,” said Saulnier.

Wicked Cool Places began as a pilot program in April 2018 when it distributed $5,000 in grants as a test run to 3rd EyE Unlimited, SUPERFLAT NB, the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, and Seaport Art Walk. This leveraged over $12,000.

In December 2018, the pilot program scaled up to distribute $50,000 in placemaking grants to 12 different artists or groups, investing in projects throughout the City of New Bedford, which leveraged an additional $180,000. A few of those projects include Tracy Barbosa’s Guatemalan Kite Festival Workshops, Brook Baptiste’s Reggae on West Beach, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s Big Boat, Little Boat celebration of fishing culture, Southcoast Lessons’ Open Season Series, and Community Economic Development Center’s Vacant Storefront Gallery.

The official first round of Wicked Cool Places will invest up to $80,000 in funds for city-wide placemaking projects beginning this Fall.

The deadline to submit an application is August 16, 2019. Grants will be announced in mid-October 2019. Once a project is approved, the applicant will receive a commitment letter from the New Bedford Economic Development Council. Grants will be distributed as a reimbursement in full once final approval from that office is granted.

Any project or program within the City of New Bedford is eligible. Individuals and organizations are both eligible. However, Wicked Cool Places cannot accept applications for work that has already been completed, and work for grant-funded tasks cannot begin until successful applicants are provided with written approval.

All applications will be evaluated by the selection committee of the New Bedford Creative Consortium and scored on the impact of the project based on these criteria: quality, originality and creativity, community benefit and partnership, planning and budget.

So, for those who have a wicked cool idea ready to unleash on the world in New Bedford, visit Wicked Cool Places at NewBedfordCreative.org and begin the journey.

About:

Wicked Cool Places (WCP) is the city of New Bedford’s grant program for creative placemaking, uniting willing property/business owners, artistic/cultural groups, design/preservation specialists, and business/development experts to help transform New Bedford’s overlooked or undervalued places. Wicked Cool Places enhance community development, arts entrepreneurship, and ongoing investment in the rich arts and culture of the city, and is funded by the city of New Bedford’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, with additional funding by Bristol County Savings Bank, Mass Cultural Council, and MassDevelopment.

New Bedford Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund was proposed by Mayor Jon Mitchell in the spring of 2016 and approved by the City Council in June 2016, and consists of revenue generated from the city’s lodging tax, capped at a total of $100,000. Creation of the fund also required the passage of a home rule petition by the state legislature and the petition’s passage, led by state Senator Mark Montigny and signed into law by Governor Baker in January 2017. The purpose of the fund is to create a dedicated revenue stream to provide for additional planning, programmatic, and administrative capacity to allow the City of New Bedford to take full advantage of its cultural and tourism assets, and to catalyze and manage the growth of the cultural and tourism sectors in the years ahead. The New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) has a three-year agreement to manage the fund for the City. This work is lead by the NBEDC’s Creative Strategist. Additional funding is provided by Bristol County Savings Bank, Mass Cultural Council, and MassDevelopment.

New Bedford Creative Consortium

New Bedford Creative Consortium is the leadership group whose purpose is overseeing the execution of the citywide strategic Arts and Culture Plan entitled New Bedford Creative: our art, our culture, our future. The Arts and Culture Plan is a huge step forward in building a thriving creative ecosystem in our city, and these are the people dedicated to implementing it. This volunteer group is facilitated by the Creative Strategist, meets quarterly, holds 1-3 year terms, and is divided into three task forces: Public Art and Facilities; Placemaking and Community; and Fundraising and Distribution.

ABOUT  KILBURN MILL AT CLARKS COVE

Built just after the turn of the 19th century for textile manufacturing, Kilburn Mill today is home to special events, small businesses, artists studios and its famous antiques center. It’s located at 127 W. Rodney French Blvd, blocks from Rte. 18 with easy access from I-195. Learn more at kilburnmill.com.

Madewell @ Kilburn Mill

Madewell @ Kilburn Mill

Rummaging through a hundred+ year-old mill building while repurposing it for diverse uses in the 21st century leads to some interesting discoveries. 

On the second floor of Kilburn Mill, we found this bounty of unique paper. The rolls of parchment provide a direct link to Kilburn’s more recent textile past. 

They are rolls of “markers” – apparel patterns from a former tenant – a company which left a large footprint on the building. Indeed, Madewell Manufacturing at one time defined Kilburn Mill and was a leader in the textile industry across the nation. 

Madewell began life 1937, manufacturing its signature jeans and dungarees for workingmen and hands-on professions. Later, the company would branch out into all manner of clothing, including women’s fashion, and even produce a popular bell bottom jean in the 1970s. 

Before the turn of the last century, it’s run in New Bedford at Kilburn Mill was done. But J.Crew resurrected it in 2004 and transformed the company’s name, logo and even history into a women’s clothier.

J. Crew’s acquisition of Madewell didn’t exactly sit well with offspring of its founder, Julius Kivowitz, who escaped Russian pogroms to begin a new life in America. Buzzfeed carried the story about that several years ago, which you can read here

Recently, J. Crew and Madewell generated better headlines when it was announced its clothing was now Fair Trade certified.

And today, still sitting in Kilburn Mill, are the original Markers used to manufacture Madewell clothing for the world from right here in Kilburn Mill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

As Kilburn Mill continues its transformation into a home for all sorts of small businesses and individual endeavors, it’s nice to be reminded of the time when one person with a dream came here all the way from the Russian Empire to create a new world for himself and his family…and in the process created  an iconic American brand which survives to this day. 

It’s part of the heritage of Kilburn Mill to turn dreams into reality. We’re honored to carry on the tradition.