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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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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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Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19

Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19 By any measure, the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout has had a devastating impact on the arts and cultural community. Museums, galleries, and concert halls are shuttered. Dance and pottery studios alike are closed. Public art and creative placemaking projects are on pause. Even arts education […]

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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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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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