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Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute

The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) was founded to enhance the evolving dynamic cultural and economic life of Southcoast Massachusetts. Identified as the Commonwealth’s most creative economies by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was presented with the “Commonwealth Award,” DATMA is committed to bringing world-renowned art, design, and technology exhibitions, programs, and initiatives to the visitors and citizens of New Bedford and the region. As a non-collecting museum, DATMA collaborates with the business and education sectors of the region to bring artists into schools and expand public awareness, bring in new cultural assets into the mix as well as create exhibitions and programs that show the impact of new technologies on design and art. Founded in 2016, DATMA has a diverse, highly motivated 16-member Board of Trustees including prominent members of the regional and global business, civic, philanthropic, arts, design, and technology sectors. The Board Chair and Co-Founder of DATMA, Roger Mandle, has 40 years of experience in building museums around the world and is a major contributor of the STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education initiative, championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) which he had served as President.

Above: Rendering of Silver Current, a Skynet created for DATMA by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics.