Several years ago those involved with the Dartmouth Cultural Center in the former Southworth Library building on Elm Street in South Dartmouth were enthusiastic about the project.
Interest grew in a community arts program in Dartmouth, donations were collected, exhibits and programs were scheduled. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and the building was forced to close.
“We were really worried, we thought it was the end,” said Pauline Santos, president of the Cultural Center’s board of directors.
The center, however, continued to offer programs virtually and received a small loan to continue. As COVID has faded, the Dartmouth Cultural Center is once again gearing up for a full schedule of activities, with new exhibits throughout the year.
There are no paid staff and all work has been done by volunteers.
“We have a great group of volunteers who worked really hard to make it a success,” Santos said.
Santos was a guest this week on Sunday town square, and said having people in the center again felt like a second big opening.
Paintings by Westport artist Michael Walden will be on display this month at the Dartmouth Cultural Center, and Santos promises new exhibitions every month with paintings, music, dance and more,
the town square sunday interview with Pauline Santos can be listened to here:
town square sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard Sunday mornings at 6 and 11 a.m. on 1420 WBSM and 99.5 FM.
The program spotlights individuals and organizations seeking to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.
If you would like your organization to be listed on town square sundayplease email the host at [email protected]
Display of Dartmouth’s historic trail inside the town hall
Located inside Dartmouth City Hall, an interactive exhibit traces the city’s history, with everything from its Wampanoag roots and colonial and Quaker settlements to the heritage of Round Hill and the magic of Lincoln Park. Take a look at some of the features of this invaluable resource.