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MAPC Launches “MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together”

Flanked by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, MA-07, and scores of public officials and stakeholders from across Greater Boston this week, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) officially unveiled a land use and public policy blueprint designed to put the region on a course toward a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future.

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MAPC Launches “MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together”

Screenshot of the MetroCommon 2050 Digital Hub. Click to open. MAPC Launches ‘MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together’ New long-range land use and public policy plan offers a vision and practical steps toward a more equitable and resilient future for Greater Boston BOSTON – May 5, 2022– Flanked by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, MA-07, and scores […]

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Video: Somerville Art Space Risk Assessment

Artists and arts organizations across Greater Boston are facing rising costs for studio and performance space, driven by development pressure. But this same development could be leveraged to produce space reserved for arts uses.   In partnership with MAPC, Somerville is taking steps to do just that. The Somerville Art Space Risk Assessment analyzes and maps the […]

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Making it Public: Public Art Training Opportunity for Municipalities

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Arts and Culture Department (MAPC) and Forecast Public Art (FPA), is pleased to invite municipalities in Massachusetts to participate in Making it Public, a free training facilitated by FPA designed to equip administrators in strengthening local capacity to […]

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The Fallacy and Futility of Fixity

Clouds rolling into Ptown on July 2. The Fallacy and Futility of Fixity Reflection by Dan Koff, Regional Arts and Culture Planner It was June 30, 2021, and the show had already started as we slid into our third-row seats at Provincetown’s Crown and Anchor. Local legend Dina Martina was singing “It’s Raining Them,” a […]

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MetroCommon 2050 Comic: Equity of Wealth and Health

Health, equity, and prosperity: there are three strands of a single system, braided tightly together. Read this new original comic by Dorchester’s Ludgy Jean-Baptiste to learn and share the basics. This comic was created as part of MetroCommon 2050 and is free for use by planners, policy-makers, and others to use as a tool to […]

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MAPC Leads Public Art Selection in Lynn

The votes are in, and the Lynn community has chosen Kevin Orlosky’s Laces of Lynn as the city’s newest public art installation, Mayor Thomas M. McGee announced today. Orlosky’s proposal was one of five final concepts for the “Lynnstallation,” a piece of public art to be installed at the Mt. Vernon Street Plaza.

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MAPC Releases Toolkit for Tackling Rising Temps with Art

MAPC Releases Toolkit for Tackling Rising Temps with Art As cities across the country experience more frequent and intense weather events due to climate change, the arts offer opportunities to support cities’ climate resilience efforts. Flooding, hurricanes, extreme heat: collaborations with artists and creatives can address these concerns and more.  How? Artists can impact the […]

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Arts and Equity at MAPC: Reimagining the Region

As the pandemic transformed everything about MAPC’s place-based work, staff sought new ways to process and understand what we were going through. We sought ways to reflect and be in conversation about uprisings for racial justice unfolding across the country, including in the cities and towns we call home in Greater Boston. What did it […]

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Interview: Chinatown Story Cart

Photo Credit Mel Taing Chinatown Story Cart An Interview with Crystal Bi Wegner and Lily Xie Developed in partnership with Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Story Cart is a participatory public art project that collects stories from the Boston Chinatown community and showcases it in visual media. Responding to Boston Chinatown’s history as a community […]

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