The New Bedford Whaling Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur P. Motta, Jr. as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. Mr. Motta most recently served as Executive Director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau. He also served for ten years as the City of New Bedford’s Director of Tourism and Marketing.
In making the announcement, Whaling Museum President James Russell noted that “Arthur is a recognized leader in the field. His established and deep expertise in marketing and communications in particular, combined with his in-depth knowledge of whaling and local history will be of immense value to this institution as we craft the museum’s next chapter of growth.” Mr Motta’s appointment will begin in January, 2010.
In accepting the job, Mr. Motta said, “I am delighted to be joining the museum. It’s like coming home for me because local history has always been one of my great interests. For most of my life, I have loved coming to this wonderful place. And as a member of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society for more than a quarter-century, I learned first-hand from the very best scholars and authors about the storied whaling industry, its impact on America and the lessons this museum teaches today for preservation and maritime research. Also preserved within its walls is the remarkable history of our city and the South Coast region. The museum is truly the custodian of who we are and where we’ve been. It makes tangible this community’s extraordinary sense of place and I’m very motivated to making sure that its mission, programs and activities reaches more people locally, nationally and internationally than ever before.”
Previous to his service with county tourism, Mr. Motta held positions in corporate and retail marketing in the greater Boston area. These included creative director at Morse Shoe, Inc., J. Baker, Inc., and Strawberries Music, Inc.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Mr. Motta is a member of several historical and cultural organizations, including the Prince Henry Society, the New Bedford Port Society, the Whitfield Manjiro Friendship Society and the New Bedford Festival Theatre. A native of New Bedford, Mr. Motta lives in the city with his wife, Susan and their two children.