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Whose Public? Questions of Spatial Justice in a Time of Public Breaking

Whose Public? Questions of Spatial Justice in a Time of Public Breaking By Guest Author Lori Lobenstine  About the Author: Lori Lobenstine co-leads the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), a Boston-based creativity lab dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed in the United States.  As we ease COVID-19 closures, many […]

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“Small Steps: Dances of Resilience” Premieres Sept. 9-11

Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Documentary from MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo premieres September 9, 10, & 11 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 […]

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Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and the Creative Sensibility

Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and Creative Sensibility Header Photo Credit: Jason Cruz Where a Covid response is innovative and cohesive, you’ll likely find artists and cultural organizations in the mix – if not in the lead. How are Lynn, Salem, and Worcester’s creators inventing new ways to help their communities through the crisis? LYNN […]

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Everyday Unrealities: A Call for Creative Planning

 Artists: Cedric Douglas and Julz Roth  Photographer: Rob Larsen Everyday Unrealities: A Call for Creative Planning A reflection by Arts and Culture Fellow Emma Boast It’s been nearly half a year since COVID-19 erupted into and upended our lives. As the crisis deepened, we lost friends, family, colleagues, and members of our communities. We lost […]

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Reflection: Art in the Time of COVID-19

REFLECTION FROM MAPC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE HORTENSE GERARDO Art in the Time of COVID-19 The COVID-19 quarantine has transformed my remaining time as MAPC’s Artist in Residence (AiR) and my work as a professional playwright and professor: social distancing measures meant my spring and summer performances couldn’t go on as scheduled. My initial response was […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Mother’s Reckoning

Over 2,000 people died of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts last year. Our state has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Substance use upends the lives of not only those facing an opioid use disorder, but their friends and family as well. The effects of this public health crisis can […]

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Videos: Voices on Climate

Voices on Climate Change “Cape Cod was named for the codfish, and now we don’t see any codfish anymore,” observes Chatham fisherman Jamie Bassett, gesturing out to the Atlantic Ocean from his boat, “Does that mean the waters are warming around here? I don’t know. I’m not a scientist, I don’t know what the optimum […]

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Q&A with Emma Boast, MAPC Arts & Culture Fellow

Emma Boast joined MAPC in 2019 as an Arts and Culture Fellow to serve a two-year term. Prior to joining MAPC, Emma worked as curator and cultural organizer who shaped experiences to help people collectively understand the past, engage with the present, and reimagine the future. Emma’s fellowship is made possible by a grant from […]

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Medfield Town Meeting Votes on Future of Medfield State Hospital

At MAPC, civic participation is the backbone of planning. That’s why our Medfield Creative Placemaking project centers community engagement and activation at the core of efforts to build public education and make meaning out of the town-owned site of the former Medfield State Hospital. MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Medfield to […]

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“Medfield Anthology” Gives Audience Glimpse of Past

On October 12, over 100 visitors to the Medfield State Hospital (MSH) got a glimpse of its past. The entire campus acted as a stage for the Medfield Anthology, a performance written by Hortense Gerardo through her Artist Residency at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The Medfield Anthology is a site-informed walking play based on […]

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