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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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Five Finalists in Running to Fashion “Signature” Lynn Art Piece

Five Finalists in Running to Fashion ‘Signature’ Lynn Art Piece Residents will help select final artwork for Mt. Vernon Street Plaza  For immediate release: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 LYNN – Lynn’s Mt. Vernon Street Plaza will gain a signature piece of art this fall: but first, the City is asking those who live and work […]

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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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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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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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