New Bedford Debuts Unique Art Form with Local Artist for City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Office of Tourism and Marketing, has partnered with Broken Glass Projections to debut projection mapping digital art during City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve.

Projection mapping, made famous throughout Europe, is a form of art that transforms objects into works of art by projecting videos and images onto their surfaces.  New Bedford native Nelson Rapoza, owner of Broken Glass Projections, specializes in 3-D projection mapping, which will make its Massachusetts debut in New Bedford. “I’ve been in the industry for six years, learning from one of the current leaders in the sector. My experience in technology and as a creative has merged this wealth of information, allowing me to take on this innovative art form.” Broken Glass Projections will be projecting art onto a building in Wing’s Court, transforming it into a digital work of art.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Light Up the Night” with featured outdoor programming that plays with various forms of light. “Returning this year, we have Cirque de Light with LED dancers and fire breathers, which are always a hit with visitors of all ages,” said Director of Tourism Ashley Payne.

The city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations take place between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., ending with the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. The night’s entertainment includes Toe Jam Puppet Band, Ever After Storybook Entertainment costumed characters, and a special magic show by Kenny the Clown. For a complete list of events, visit