The arts story in New Bedford is a tale of survival — from the early days, through economic downturns and amid the hardships of an enduring pandemic.

New Bedford artists Ron Fortier, Fitzcarmel LaMarre, Amy Schusser and Nancy Hayes gathered Tuesday for a free Zoom conversation about the arts in New Bedford, hosted by New Bedford Light Founding Editor Barbara Roessner and moderated by columnist Jack Spillane.

The Arts in New Bedford: Tales of Survival is the introductory edition of “The Chat,” a new series of online community conversations hosted by The New Bedford Light.

Throughout 2022, The Chat will feature topical conversations about important issues facing our city — from climate change to charter schools to health care equity and more.

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