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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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A Day of Fun on the Malden River

On Saturday, July 27, over 200 people gathered at River’s Edge to explore the Malden River, enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities and learn about opportunities to add more public space along the Malden River. “Exploring the Malden River” was part of the Malden River Creative Placemaking project. MAPC’s Arts and Culture team is working […]

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Integrating Arts in Transportation Planning

Artists, planners, engineers, transportation advocates, and government employees all gathered together last month for a workshop exploring the nuts and bolts of integrating art into transportation projects. On Friday, May 17, MAPC and Transportation for America hosted “Rails, Trails, Streets: Art in Transportation,” which focused on how art can enhance rail corridors, trails, and streets. […]

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Creative Placemaking Project Launches in Medfield

The sprawling 134 acre site of the former Medfield State Hospital sits on a hilltop overlooking the banks of the Charles River and boasts over 35 historic buildings. Acquired by the Town of Medfield in 2014, the site is a unique and exciting terrain for creative reuse and renovation. Now, MAPC is working with the […]

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Schools of Thought on Climate Change: MAPC’s Newest Art Installation

Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. MAPC’s newest art installation “Schools of Thought on Climate Change: Stories from Land and Sea,” integrates storytelling with public art to show […]

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