About Us

Creative Arts Network, C.A.N.

Mission/ Vision Statment

Mission: To celebrate, stimulate and nurture arts, culture, entertainment and tourism in the Greater Fall River area.
Vision Statement: The purpose of Creative Arts Network, C.A.N. is to raise awareness of Fall River’s art and culture scene. Its goal is to create a vibrant, sustainable art and culture community to help build on economic development and tourism.
C.A.N. is a collaboration dedicated to invigorating the Fall River cultural scene and increase public accessibility to art & culture.
Doing this effectively, we believe, will create economic opportunity for the local area and promote tourism.
Increasing collaboration and public awareness will improve the effectiveness and quality of programs offered
Reaching new audiences will help drive economic growth and increased awareness for Greater Fall River as a choice destination.


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 of Southeastern MA , signed a memorandum of understanding with a newly formed Creative Arts Network, intended to help invigorate the arts and culture scene in the city and the region.

New Bedford started working with Creative Arts Network and the Community Foundation of Southeastern MA 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 would 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, C.A.N. Events

The project's flagship cultural nights are held throughout the year. Many events will be 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, C.A.N. 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.

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.

The Creative Arts Network, C.A.N. collaborative project is funded in part by The Fall River Cultural Council, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT_ through a state earmark, local business community sponsorship, individual donors and partner venue dues. The organization is run by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers through its Creative Arts Network Steering Committee. Art, Cultural organizations, businesses are invited to participate by contacting Creative Arts Network, C.A.N.