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MAPC Teams Up With Artists on COVID Communications

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville A cooling strategies toolkit for increasingly hot summers Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and […]

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Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications

Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications MAPC is seeking artists, designers, and creatives to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations. We hope to work with artists, designers, and creatives to communicate about the pandemic with BIPOC and underserved communities through graphic design, film, illustration, and other creative products. The deadline to […]

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Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion

Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion Sense of place can be difficult to define and express. It’s subjective, political, aesthetic, poetic. You can feel it when you’re there, but everyone will feel differently based on their personal histories and experiences. Daphne Xu, filmmaker and urban planner When the MAPC team started a small business plan for […]

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Marked Territory: Rethinking Massachusetts’ Historical Markers

Credit: Jaye Glenn Marked Territory: Rethinking Massachusetts’ Roadside Histories Reflection by MAPC Arts and Culture Fellow Emma Boast In 1930, the Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission erected 275 markers to commemorate the colony’s 300th anniversary. For some, the markers highlight the “rich heritage of Massachusetts and local communities,” as MassDOT noted in its 2019 announcement of its […]

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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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