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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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A Day of Fun on the Malden River

On Saturday, July 27, over 200 people gathered at River’s Edge to explore the Malden River, enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities and learn about opportunities to add more public space along the Malden River. “Exploring the Malden River” was part of the Malden River Creative Placemaking project. MAPC’s Arts and Culture team is working […]

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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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Creative Placemaking Project Launches in Medfield

The sprawling 134 acre site of the former Medfield State Hospital sits on a hilltop overlooking the banks of the Charles River and boasts over 35 historic buildings. Acquired by the Town of Medfield in 2014, the site is a unique and exciting terrain for creative reuse and renovation. Now, MAPC is working with the […]

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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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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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Natick Center Cultural District, Town of Natick, & Metropolitan Area Planning Council announce winners of the CALL FOR CREATIVES

Winning creations will be showcased during Natick Center Creative Placemaking Demonstration Weekend, Nov. 3-4 Natick, MA (October 5, 2018) – The Natick Center Cultural District, the Town of Natick, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston are excited to announce eight finalists that have been awarded funding to execute temporary art and design projects […]

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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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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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