About NB-ACE

The New Bedford Arts and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn Mill is an enriching and enlivening education center for all.  We provide something for everyone and are an amalgamation of fellow artists, artisans, alchemists, academics, educators and humanitarians in the greater New Bedford area who are offering to share our skills and talents to the general public.  Our Autumn (fall) program features classes and workshops which are unique and varied in scope, taught by skilled and talented local individuals. You’ll be amazed with our educational repertoire and other offerings.  The Summer program was a sweet success and check out the website for our incredible Fall offerings.  We even have some free happenings as well!  


Where to Meet 

For our Autumn (Fall) program, go into the Kilburn Mill building through door #4 at 127 (technically it will say 101 on that far side of the building) West Rodney French Blvd. near Globe Furniture, go up the stairs to the 2nd floor, go through the door on the right, past all the orange chairs to the very end of the hall and see the Artisan Center.  We'll be meeting in Studios # 2-60 or 2-64 while our main space is being built ! 


Course Registration and Confirmation

You are officially enrolled, and your name is placed on the class roster as soon as we receive your online or in person registration form and payment. Please note that we do not send written confirmations, but you will receive one automatically after you register. Unless we contact you, please assume that you are enrolled in the class(es) of your choice. Students will be notified days ahead, in the event their courses aren’t running due to lack of enrollment. Classes will run usually with a minimum of 4 students. Most classes and workshops reach capacity at 12.  Please always check the materials list/fee to ensure you're prepared for the workshop/class


Who can take Classes/Workshops?

NB-ACE courses are open to participants 10 years of age and older, some classes are pretty sophisticated, and many young folks would do well in them, but we ask that parents or a guardian accompany children under 14 and if they do, they must register as well unless stated.  We have not begun our children's program yet, but when we do, we promise it will be outstanding !! 

Snow Days

The NB-ACE follows the closing scheduling for New Bedford Public Schools. If they are closed, we are closed that day, including evening courses. Teachers are required to make up classes which were cancelled due to snow days by the end of the winter semester.


If possible, please register early to ensure that classes will run and to secure a seat in the class. Registration will close 3 days before the beginning of each class or workshop. Classes and workshops are staggered to begin at various times starting for the autumn on Sept. 15th and meeting until November 20th.  Special holiday offerings will be held from November 20th until December 10th. On-line registration is on going.   Please look for upcoming and pop-up events on our website: http://www.nbartsandculturalemporium.com  You'll be happily surprised if you check us out often !!  


We offer several select classes and workshops this fall which offer “bring a friend” at 50% off! The friend pays only half of the class fee. This does not include materials or modeling fees if any. 


We also have an awesome policy which is that The Fifth workshop you attend is FREE !!  We'll have proof of your registration to help you along and remind you when your 5th class is coming up ! 



All students are responsible for materials which should be purchased prior to class or can be bought from instructor and are to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of the class or workshop.


It is extremely uncommon, but the program reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, to change dates, times, and locations when necessary, and to substitute instructors. We will contact you with all cancellations and changes to course dates, times and locations.


Wait list

All classes are limited to 12 unless otherwise noted. If the class you wish to register for is filled, you will be placed on a wait list. Our office will contact you if space becomes available. Please note: you are not officially enrolled if you are still on the wait list.



Can only be granted before the start of class with the following criteria:

  • Must be three (3) full business days (Mon-Friday) before the class. A $10 processing fee will be deducted.

  • We will refund your full tuition IF…

  • Your course is cancelled due to low enrollment. In this case, you will receive a Full refund.

  • Food Classes/Workshops: In order to receive a refund for a food course we must have at least three (3) business days’ notice in advance of the starting time of the class. No refunds are given after this time.

  • No refunds are given for changes to locations or instructors. Refunds will not be given for rescheduled workshops.

  • Refunds will not be given in cash. Refunds will be issued by check and will be processed within 5 - 7 business days.

  • We regret that NO refunds or partial refunds are allowed after the start of classes.


You may NOT transfer to any other class/workshop offered during the term. It may be possible to transfer before classes start, but must notify us in person one week prior by calling or texting 774-628-6415 or calling  774-202-6848.


Participants in the NB-ACE programs do so at their own risk and agree to sign the liability waiver form before the start of class. NB-ACE CANNOT be responsible for personal property left in or around the building.


Parking is available in the parking lot to the Antiques Store which is the far end of the building, we are meeting on the other end of the building through door number 4 (see painted bricks) near Globe Furniture, there's on street parking on both sides of the street, and sometimes you may have to walk a block or less to get in. Parking is always at the vehicle owners’ own risk and the NB-ACE accepts no responsibility for tickets, towing or any other vehicular mishaps.

Happiness and Satisfaction

We are sincerely very intent on your joy and satisfaction. We encourage communication. If you need help with anything, please ask. If you have an issue or are disgruntled at all, please talk to Karen or someone on the staff. We want this to be a positive, encouraging, enriching environment. This is a low drama Zone !