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Community Stakeholders Envision Creative Placemaking in Natick Center

Written by Patricia Walsh of Americans for the Arts and Mallory Nezam of MAPC On Tuesday, May 27, and Friday, April 6, community members and local stakeholders took part in engagement workshops to envision the next steps for a Natick Center creative placemaking strategy. Thanks to Mutual One and Natick High School, which provided the […]

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Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking

Written by Patricia Walsh at AFTA with additional comments provided by Jennifer Henaghan at APA and Jennifer Erickson at MAPC Creative placemaking has been an ongoing discussion in cities and towns across the country for several years, but where do planners sit in this dialogue? What role does a planner have in the development of […]

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Exploring Art’s role in Green Infrastructure

Article written by Deidra Montgomery, with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg On Monday, January 29, more than 70 artists, arts administrators, and regional and municipal planners gathered at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to learn more about the intersections of public art and the environment. The event, Art and Green Infrastructure, was […]

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Everett Community Growers Meet to Envision a Sculptural Garden along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Mallory Nezam and in collaboration with Everett Community Growers, Carolyn Lewenberg and Kit Un Saturday, December 9th – Drawing families and participants of all ages, more than a dozen community members gathered at the Palin Library Meeting Room in Everett to discuss a proposed public art and urban agriculture project, with a working […]

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The art of Community Building and Economic Development through Art

Hosted on November 6, 2017 Art and Culture Discussion Series #1: Community Building and Economic Development through Art Article written by Mallory Nezam with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg Community events so rich that draw tens of thousands of people, age-old problems turned into new opportunities that instill local pride—these are just a few of […]

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Creative Placemaking Forum: Forging Community Development and Creative Communities

Hosted by the Mel King Institute, MAPC co-sponsored an innovative forum with MACDC and MASSCreative to highlight the stepping stones and barriers in advancing creative placemaking. This summer, the Mel King Institute, MassCreative, and MACDC requested technical assistance from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division to implement three Creative Placemaking Immersion workshops that would allow CDCs […]

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Successful Community Engagement Event at Everett’s Village Fest

This past Saturday, September 23rd, the MAPC team held a very successful community participation exercise for the update to Everett’s open space and recreation plan! The City of Everett held its 3rd annual Village Fest at the Night Shift Brewery, and the MAPC team used the opportunity to ask attendees their opinions on how to […]

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Arlington Cultural Planning

Background MAPC is working with the Town of Arlington’s Department of Planning and Community Development, the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture (ACAC), and others to launch a town-wide cultural planning process in September 2016. The project deliverable is an arts and culture action plan that aims to strengthen and grow arts and cultural opportunities […]

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What We Do: Arts and Culture

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced a new division within MAPC: Arts & Culture. Arts and culture was already a growth area at MAPC. Recent […]

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