Live From AHA! – June

The Artists Index has partnered with AHA! and, kicked off the first of a series of livestream podcasts. The June AHA! celebrated PRIDE Month and was hosted by our livestream partner and friend Adam Katz, the owner of Play Arcade, “an old-school 80’s style arcade offering a full-service bar, craft-made drinks, and food…” Play Arcade offers over 40 vintage arcade games and a rooftop deck overlooking the working waterfront in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Our guests were Andrew Pollock, the president of The South Coast LGBTQ+ Network, who helped us coordinate with our guests which included artist Herby Thompson, farmer Sarah Cogswell, the Co-Founder/Owner at Cluck and Trowel, and chef and horseman, Jim Mercer.

AHA! (Arts, History, Architecture) has presented New Bedford and the South Coast with free arts and culture nights. It celebrates its 25th anniversary this September! AHA! Nights are held every second Thursday of the month to recall and honor the nostalgic late shopping night offered in New Bedford from the 1940s through the 1960s. This revival has brought a new and lasting vibrancy to downtown.

Andrew PollockHerby Thompson, Sarah Cogswell, and Jim Mercer spoke with The Artists Index’s cofounder, documentarian, and podcast host, Ron Fortier, about PRIDE and the contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals to the creative community of the South Coast.

If you would like to be a guest on The Artists Index or have a suggestion, please let us know! The Artists Index records our podcasts at our Spectrum Marketing Group studio. We also use Zoom to accommodate our guests’ schedules or for those who no longer live on the South Coast of Massachusetts. 

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