Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
MAPC's Arts and Culture Division delivers technical assistance in emerging practice areas including cultural planning, creative placemaking, creative community development, arts and cultural data collection and analysis, and cultural policy.
We work with planners, community development staff, and other local governmental officials and we also partner with organizations and individuals in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors that share our vision for engaging arts, culture, and creativity in promoting a greater Metropolitan Boston region.
Over the last five years, MAPC has developed a track record of integrating arts, culture, and creativity into our planning work with cities and towns. The division's services include municipal and regional planning work, research projects, and the delivery of trainings that build planner expertise in arts, culture, and creativity.
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ARTS & CULTURE
View guidelines for MAPC's Technical Assistance Program (TAP), which invites applicants to submit project concepts on a rolling basis.
Municipalities and nonprofit and community-based organizations partnering with municipalities are invited to submit project concepts requesting MAPC technical assistance with arts and cultural planning, creative placemaking, and socially engaged/social practice art.
The cultural planning process provides opportunities to creatively advance broader planning objectives by:
- expanding and enhancing artistic and cultural opportunities; and
- strengthening, leveraging, and integrating artistic and cultural resources across all facets of local government.
Creative placemaking is an innovative planning method that infuses community revitalization with arts and culture. The work relies on partnerships among:
- community development practitioners, and others
to integrate arts into revitalization strategies that address urban design, land use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety.
Socially Engaged/Social Practice Art
Social practice arts initiatives engage arts, culture, and creativity as a catalyst for social change in order to:
- build cross-sector relationships, and
- deepen community engagement.
ARTS & CULTURE
HIGHLIGHTS OF CURRENT PROJECTS
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Art and culture add vibrancy to places and neighborhoods, and are an integral part of community development and planning. The MetroFuture vision for the Greater Boston region includes goals and strategies that pertain to increasing the region's artistic and cultural resources (goal #43).
MetroFuture goals and strategies include:
- fostering urban vitality;
- supporting cultural districts;
- engaging arts and culture as a way to build community and civic engagement;
- fostering creative economy initiatives; and
- supporting live/work spaces and creative incubator spaces (strategies 6E, 11B, and 11c).
MAPC's arts & culture work is supported through several sources...
including fee-for-service contributions from cities and towns and community development organizations, MAPC technical assistance resources including District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) and Planning for MetroFuture Technical Assistance (PMTA), and funding from the Barr Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).