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Sep
9
Wed
2020
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere

In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities in the face of climate change. Just six weeks before opening night, COVID-19 altered the path.

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience is a full-length documentary film about overcoming the struggle to create and perform during a global pandemic. The dancers tell their stories of climate, COVID, art, and hope, and, finally, they dance.

Join us for three film screenings on YouTube Live this September 9, 10, and 11. Each screening will be time-limited and all content will be removed between and after each screening, so see it while you can!

After the Friday, September 11 performance, we will hold a “Meet the Dancers” Q&A session on Zoom.

The production was developed by movement artist, screenwriter and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo and MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield to integrate the arts into climate change planning.

Directed by Hortense Gerardo and produced by Darci Schofield and MAPC.

Featuring original choreography and performances by:

  • Laura Sanchez Garcia, award-winning flamenco dancer, choreographer, and educator
  • Elizabeth Walker, former Los Angeles Ballet soloist
  • Simon Chernow, KRUMP and fusion hip-hop dancer and core leader of Boston’s Climate Strike
  • Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian dance troupe fusing contemporary elements with Haitian folkloric dance
  • Olivia Link, contemporary modern dancer and Urbanity Dance educator
  • Any Berube and Theo Martinez, competitive ballroom salsa dancers and instructors
Sep
10
Thu
2020
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere

In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities in the face of climate change. Just six weeks before opening night, COVID-19 altered the path.

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience is a full-length documentary film about overcoming the struggle to create and perform during a global pandemic. The dancers tell their stories of climate, COVID, art, and hope, and, finally, they dance.

Join us for three film screenings on YouTube Live this September 9, 10, and 11. Each screening will be time-limited and all content will be removed between and after each screening, so see it while you can!

After the Friday, September 11 performance, we will hold a “Meet the Dancers” Q&A session on Zoom.

The production was developed by movement artist, screenwriter and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo and MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield to integrate the arts into climate change planning.

Directed by Hortense Gerardo and produced by Darci Schofield and MAPC.

Featuring original choreography and performances by:

  • Laura Sanchez Garcia, award-winning flamenco dancer, choreographer, and educator
  • Elizabeth Walker, former Los Angeles Ballet soloist
  • Simon Chernow, KRUMP and fusion hip-hop dancer and core leader of Boston’s Climate Strike
  • Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian dance troupe fusing contemporary elements with Haitian folkloric dance
  • Olivia Link, contemporary modern dancer and Urbanity Dance educator
  • Any Berube and Theo Martinez, competitive ballroom salsa dancers and instructors
Sep
11
Fri
2020
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm
Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Screening @ YouTube Premiere

In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities in the face of climate change. Just six weeks before opening night, COVID-19 altered the path.

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience is a full-length documentary film about overcoming the struggle to create and perform during a global pandemic. The dancers tell their stories of climate, COVID, art, and hope, and, finally, they dance.

Join us for three film screenings on YouTube Live this September 9, 10, and 11. Each screening will be time-limited and all content will be removed between and after each screening, so see it while you can!

After the Friday, September 11 performance, we will hold a “Meet the Dancers” Q&A session on Zoom.

The production was developed by movement artist, screenwriter and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo and MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Darci Schofield to integrate the arts into climate change planning.

Directed by Hortense Gerardo and produced by Darci Schofield and MAPC.

Featuring original choreography and performances by:

  • Laura Sanchez Garcia, award-winning flamenco dancer, choreographer, and educator
  • Elizabeth Walker, former Los Angeles Ballet soloist
  • Simon Chernow, KRUMP and fusion hip-hop dancer and core leader of Boston’s Climate Strike
  • Jean Appolon Expressions, Haitian dance troupe fusing contemporary elements with Haitian folkloric dance
  • Olivia Link, contemporary modern dancer and Urbanity Dance educator
  • Any Berube and Theo Martinez, competitive ballroom salsa dancers and instructors
Nov
9
Mon
2020
Webinar: Housing Protections and Support @ Zoom Conference
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join MAPC to hear from housing organizations, the Department of Housing & Community Development, and Boston and other municipalities on how to respond to residents at risk of eviction or other destabilizing forces during the pandemic.

We’ll learn about the anticipated impacts of expiring eviction moratoria, an overview of the Governor’s Eviction Diversion Initiative, and tenant rights and responsibilities. A panel will then discuss tools available to help residents stay in their homes, how to implement them, and what localities are doing to support residents experiencing housing instability during these unprecedented times.

Speakers will include:
Tim Reardon, Director of Data Services, MAPC
Chris Kluchman, Deputy Director, Community Services Division, DHCD
Tom Ambrosino, City Manager, City of Chelsea
Domonique Williams, Deputy Director, Office of Housing Stability, City of Boston
Chris Cotter, Housing Director, City of Cambridge
Keith Benoit, Community Development Planner, City of Northampton

Nov
24
Tue
2020
Webinar: Shared Winter Streets and Spaces Grant Program
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Jan
12
Tue
2021
Shared Streets: Looking Back, Looking Forward @ Zoom
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In 2020, cities and towns throughout Greater Boston re-imagined their public spaces, converting streets and sidewalks into spaces that would promote active transportation, social distancing, outdoor dining, multimodal transit, and safe exercise.

Now, in partnership with MassDOT and the Solomon Foundation, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council is inviting cities and towns to look back at their recently-completed shared streets projects.

Please join us next Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for a panel discussion and Q&A on Shared Streets. Municipal representatives will reflect on the complex projects they undertook, share lessons learned, and look forward to what’s next.

PANELISTS INCLUDE:

  • Kate Fichter (moderator): Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination, MassDOT
  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP: Director Planning & Sustainability, Northampton
  • Katrina O’Leary: Town Planner, Middleton
  • Police Chief Tom Galvin, Berlin
  • Ben Cares: Senior Planner and Project Manager, Chelsea

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcscOmsqT8pHNcSGhLomujxws6wdxAfRJk6

Mar
25
Thu
2021
Sea Level Rise and Underwater Municipal Budgets: Accelerating Climate Resilience Speaker Series
Mar 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Dr. Linda Shi, Assistant Professor at Cornell University, will be sharing her research on the vulnerability of municipal budgets in the Boston metropolitan area to climate change, as well as recommendations for how to develop in ways that promote equity, resilience, and fiscal responsibility. There will be time for questions from participants.

Jun
4
Fri
2021
[Webinar] Getting to Yes: Zoning Under Housing Choice @ Zoom
Jun 4 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 12:30 am
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to build support for housing initiatives and hear from a panel of municipal leaders about strategies to advance residential zoning efforts and lessons learned across the Commonwealth.
Jan
5
Wed
2022
[Webinar] Progress and Planning Ahead: Shared Streets Initiatives in Massachusetts @ Zoom
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MassDOT is planning to open another round of Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program funding in January 2022. Applications will be accepted between January 10 and March 1.
On January 5 at 10 a.m., join us for a webinar on this latest round of funding, which will focus on both transit and roadway safety.
We’ll learn more about the newest funding round and hear about “Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Massachusetts.” The new Barr Foundation report provides examples and data from 23 municipalities that experimented with innovative, low-cost street projects over the course of 2020 and 2021.
Sep
29
Thu
2022
2022 Statewide Municipal Partnerships Conference @ College of the Holy Cross
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies and Division of Local Services to hear from special guests Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Governor’s former Chief of Staff, Steve Kadish, as well as Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card about how to make the most of unprecedented infrastructure modernization resources and build a firm foundation for our Commonwealth’s future. Click here to register.

“Building the Foundation for our Future: Equitable Infrastructure Modernization in Massachusetts” will be hosted at College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

After remarks from the Governor and Lt. Governor, we’ll welcome to the stage Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card to talk about the potential available funding in each of their fields, and how communities can work with the Commonwealth to make the most of this funding, followed by a brief audience Q&A.

Afternoon workshops led by senior administration officials and local leaders from across the Commonwealth provide the chance, among other things, to dive deeper into these funding opportunities, think through the challenges facing your community, and hear from other communities looking to work through those same challenges.

Finally, you’ll hear from former Baker Chief of Staff and Harvard Taubman Center Senior Fellow Steve Kadish about some of the most promising strategies for working with community members and stakeholders to make the local change that our communities need.

Workshop topics include:

  • Building the Municipal Workforce Pipeline: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Early Education Reimagined: Funding Reform and Municipal Implications
  • Broadening Broadband: Expanding Access to High-Speed Internet
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Recovery: Stimulating Local Economies with Infrastructure Improvements