New Bedford, MA — Producers of the film Pandemic Renaissance – The Art of Surviving C-19 announce an open call for New Bedford residents to share their story during the pandemic, with a special focus to celebrate New Bedford’s immigrant communities and their artistry. As one of the recipients of New Bedford Creative’s “Art is Everywhere” grant, this film aims to highlight the multicultural and artistic experiences that New Bedford’s communities faced throughout the pandemic. As co-producer, poet, author, and artist Iva Brito says, “We All Are Artists!”

Co-produced and directed by Cape Verdean artist and filmmaker a’Ali DeSousa, who invites “New Bedford folks to show us, tell us, and share with us on our social media page on Facebook!  Simply record a video telling your story. Perform, share visuals of your art, and share your story of how it helped you, your family, or your community triumph over the year that wasn’t — 2020.”

There are two in-person events scheduled for anyone who is a New Bedford resident to join their team and the already amazing creative participants of America’s largest seaport community. Folks are invited to stop by the Co-Creative Center at 137 Union Street in downtown New Bedford on Saturday, August 28, from 2pm-6pm, or Friday, September 3, from 4pm-7pm. Bring or share any art created during the pandemic.

Folks can learn more about the film and how to get involved during an information session happening Thursday, August 26th at 6 pm via Zoom. See below for Zoom information.


Co-Producer, Iva Brito of IBC Consultancy, is an accomplished artist, poet, and author. She is a proud New Bedford resident with indigenous roots from her native land of Cabo Verde, West Africa.

Produced and directed by multi-award-winning Cape Verdean artist and filmmaker, a’Ali DeSousa (CCO, Soulstorm Media Group) who still maintains his familial roots in New Bedford.

Zoom information below:

Thursday, August 26, 6-7pm, Information Session for Pandemic Renaissance Film

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Meeting ID: 884 6592 8582

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