About Us

Creative Arts Network

Mission/Vision Statement

Creative Arts Network is a collaborative venture dedicated to invigorating the Fall River cultural scene and increasing public accessibility to the arts through:

• Presenting FREE cultural nights
• Inviting local and regional artists, cultural groups and educators to present what they do
• Spearheading cooperative marketing
• Being a forum for the Creative Arts Network collaborators to convene around shared topics
• Contributing to the City’s Creative Economy initiatives
• Stimulating cultural tourism and economic development


An offshoot of New Bedford’s monthly Art, History and Architecture night Fall River launched its first Creative Arts Network Night June 21, 2014.
Creative Arts Network, a flagship program of the Community Foundation , signed a memorandum of understanding with the newly formed Creative Arts Network, intended to help invigorate the arts and culture scene in the city and the region.

Fall River started working with Creative Arts Network and the Community Foundation since 2011, attempting to mirror the second Thursday monthly Creative Arts Network nights in downtown New Bedford that have grown tremendously popular over the past 15 years.

The first Creative Arts Network Night was June 21st with the theme “Let There Be Light”. Creative Arts Network Nights will be held seasonally, with one event each in the summer, fall, winter and spring in the downtown and Purchase Street area of Fall River. Plans for single Creative Arts Network events will be planned for the months between the seasonal Creative Arts Network Nights.

Creative Arts Network NIGHTS

The project's flagship cultural nights are held on the third Thursday of each season from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and involve downtown businesses, galleries, arts organizations, merchants, restaurants. Each season's event is themed so that distinctive cultural programs are presented and creative partner involvement remains robust.

These events present opportunities for performers, artists and humanitarians of all disciplines and levels to engage the public. On a typical Creative Arts Network Night several art exhibits open, multiple live music is presented, theater skits or a lecture take place and interactive family and adult cultural experiences abound. This night is known as one of the best times to experience Fall River's cultural renaissance in its history.

Two weeks before each Creative Arts Network Night, a detailed list of the program will be available on this calendar page. Creative Arts Network would not be a success without the community of Fall River and surrounding towns and always invites individuals to be in touch and get involved. Please visit our contacts page to see how.

The Creative Arts Network collaborative project is funded in part by The Fall River Cultural Council, local business community sponsorship, individual donors and partner venue dues. Creative Arts Network is a 501c3 project of The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. The project is run by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers through its Creative Arts Network Steering Committee. Partnership in Creative Arts Network is structured around the geography and programming needs of the downtown and Purchase Street seasonal Creative Arts Network Night. Cultural organizations outside of the city's downtown and Purchase Street area are invited to participate and be a guest venue by contacting Creative Arts Network and proposing their ideas.