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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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Q&A with Hortense Gerardo, MAPC’s New Artist-in-Residence

  Hortense Gerardo is a practicing playwright, movement artist, screenwriter, and professor of anthropology and performing arts who joined MAPC as an artist-in-residence in late 2018. As an artist-in-residence, Gerardo will promote creative placemaking and community resilience through art and help bring art and creative thinking to projects across departments. Give us an idea of […]

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Arts & Culture Staff Join Legislative Leadership at Cultural Caucus Kick-Off

Staff from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division joined five other organizations on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to help the Massachusetts Legislature’s Cultural Caucus kick off its efforts for this legislative session. Caucus chairs Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Mary Keefe and vice-chairs Sen. Adam Hinds and Rep. Sarah Peake invited MAPC, along with the Mass Cultural […]

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A Reflection from MAPC’s First Artist-in-Residence

In 2017, MAPC hired Carolyn Lewenberg as our first artist-in-residence. The goal of the MAPC Artist-in-Residence Program is to bring arts, culture, and creativity into the agency’s multidisciplinary planning work with cities, towns, and other organizations. By tapping the talents and perspectives of a visiting artist, the residency aims to infuse arts, culture, and creativity […]

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Weekend-Long Celebration of Art in Natick

For the Love of Natick: Creative Placemaking Project Culminates with Weekend-Long Celebration of Art By Mallory Nezam, Jennifer Erickson, and Elise Harmon Earlier this month, the Town of Natick saw an infusion of creative projects installed in three locations in Natick Center, including a musical bridge, a colorful hopscotch board, and new wayfinding decals designed […]

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Meet the Young Artists Featured at MAPC

Dakota Deal, Aminah Yahya, and Jameel Radcliffe in front of Yffka Lavaud’s “Climate.” Four new art installations are now enlivening MAPC’s meeting spaces. Last Thursday night, a group of artists and MAPC staff gathered for a celebration of the new art in the four conference rooms on three floors of the MAPC’s offices. The new […]

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Shipping Container to Interactive Exhibit: Housing> at HUBweek

Eastern Massachusetts faces a housing shortage that threatens our families and communities, our economic prospects, and our quality of life. Communities are working to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods where people want to – and can afford to – live and work. But that takes homes to live in! MAPC explores these issues and more in […]

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Arts and Culture at the 2018 APA National Planning Conference

Arts and Culture at the 2018 American Planning Association National Planning Conference Article Written by Michael Rosenberg   This April, planners from all over the world gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2018 National Planning Conference (NPC18) hosted by the American Planning Association (APA). An opportunity for planners to network and engage in sessions […]

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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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Help Build a Sculptural Garden Along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Carolyn Lewenberg at MAPC with additional comments provided by Emily Nink, Kathleen O’Brien, and Jenn Erickson Community gardeners and other members of the public excited about growing food are invited to help build a sculptural garden area along the Northern Strand Community Trail! The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s arts and culture, environment, and […]

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