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

Last year, 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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MAPC, Regional Leaders Go on “Learning Journey” to Seattle

When MAPC launched its Arts & Culture Division in 2017, the agency vaulted into the national vanguard for integrating arts and culture into urban and regional planning. As the Arts & Culture practice grows, the MAPC Arts & Culture team is eager to learn from other national leaders in the field and to develop a […]

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Sole of Rockland at Rockland Day!

On Saturday, June 16th, MAPC staff attended Rockland Day to help raise money and support for the town’s creative placemaking project, Sole of Rockland. Sole of Rockland is a fully developed, interactive creative placemaking concept and demonstration that will strengthen and support the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND downtown revitalization effort. MAPC engaged Rockland Day attendees through a […]

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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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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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Incorporating Art Into Your Planning Process

Whether a colorful mural brightening an otherwise-bare wall, a trail adorned with temporary or permanent public art, or a wastewater treatment plant enhanced by interpretive arts elements, cultural resources and art improve the sense of place and community everywhere from workplaces to small towns to major cities. Arts and culture add vibrancy and connectivity to […]

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