Candace Heald, class of 1974

Since 2007, Candace Lee Heald has served as the Director of AHA! New Bedford’s 2nd Thursday FREE Art and Culture Night. AHA! is the longest continuously funded grant for place-making and the creative economy from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and continues to have one of the best returns on financial investment in the Commonwealth. Heald was one of the authors for the original AHA! grant in 1999 and has been on the Steering Committee from the beginning as Program Chair or Steering Committee Chair until she was hired as staff. Previously, she was Vice-President of Programs, Education and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum where she oversaw educational and public programs, exhibitions and library functions as well as visitor services and volunteers. During her tenure, the Museum won the Mass Cultural Council’s Award for excellence in community programming. Her undergraduate degree in American History is from Brown University, class of 1974, her Master’s Degree in American History and Museum Studies is from the University of Delaware, and her Ph.D. is from Lesley University. She has been adjunct teaching faculty at Lesley University, Tufts University, and UMASS Dartmouth. She has served on the Governor’s Creative Economic Development Council as well as other non-profit boards and is currently on the Board of the New Bedford Art Museum as well as the Board of MassHumanities and serves as President of the Mattapoisett Library Trust. Heald has twin sons and is proud that one of them, Nathaniel Fuchs, is a MPH, class of 2020. With COVID-19, he was set to down the Hill on his grandmother’s 70th reunion, Joan Trescott Heald, class of 1951.