New Bedford’s Waterfront Festival Holds Design Contest

The Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, MA
Photos courtesy Working Waterfront Festival

The Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, Massachusetts, invites artists 16 years and older to submit a creative design for the 2014 festival. The design will be used for the festival t-shirt, poster and program guide and should convey the festival’s emphasis on the commercial fishing industry, the working port, and the 2014 theme. Please note that festival organizers are not looking for designs focused on whales and whaling or tropical fish.

The Working Waterfront Festival is an award-winning, family-friendly event celebrating the history and culture of New England’s commercial fishing industry. The free festival presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational and fun. It features local seafood, fishermen’s contests, dockside vessel tours, live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, films, and more.

The 2014 festival theme is “Fishing Families,” highlighting the skills, knowledge, and traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. Programming will explore what it means to grow up in a fishing family, consider the important support role family members play, and pay tribute to the many family businesses that are part of the industry.

Interested artists/designers are encouraged to visit the festival website to learn more about the event. Applications are available on the website, by emailing, or by calling the festival office at 508-993-8894.

The winning design will receive a $100 cash prize and a festival T-shirt. Entries must be emailed by or postmarked no later than Monday, March 31, 2014. The winning entry and designer will be announced at Commercial Marine Expo on June 11, 2014.