MAPC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Lewenberg was the MAPC Artist-in-Residence from April 2017 to November 2018. Since her time as the inaugural MAPC artist-in-residence, she has expanded her creative placemaking practice and her work with municipal partners.
Lewenberg launched MAPC's Arts and Culture Discussion Series in 2017. The series focuses on innovative approaches to planning challenges that emerge from artist leadership.
Everett Earthworks creates a new space for the community to grow food and celebrate artistic expression. Lewenberg designed the garden, as well as its sculptural centerpiece.
Lewenberg led the Sole of Rockland campaign, a community-based public art project highlighting Rockland's lively, creative spirit and captures this spirit through portraits of the towns many "soles." As an outgrowth of REIMAGINE ROCKLAND, the project demonstrates the potential for art to bring the community together and enliven Union Street.
Lewenberg was tasked with revamping MAPC's office art, and chose to work with young, emerging artists to to commission pieces reflecting MAPC's values. Each art piece displayed in MAPC's conference rooms coordinates with one of MAPC’s core priorities: climate, regional collaboration and municipal efficiency, equity, and smart growth.
Other Creative Initiatives
Albion Arts Corridor Strategy
Lewenberg worked with the economic development team to develop creative strategies for bringing people into the Wakefield Albion Arts Corridor Launch Event. She created a collage to add some flair to the release of the report and worked with high school students to make chalk drawings on tar paper outside the library to draw people in.
Natick Center Creative Placemaking
Lewenberg helped lead creative placemaking workshops for the Natick Center Creative Placemaking Project. She also helped modify a pop-up tent that MAPC brought to multiple Natick events to spread the word about a call for artists for Natick Center creative placemaking projects.
Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament
Lewenberg developed an arts element to engage young people at the Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament, which promotes community cohesion by having teams of youth and police representing different cities and towns in the Metro Boston Area play together. She worked with youth artists to create and run a custom t-shirt table, with stencils and fabric pens.
Everett Open Space and Recreation Plan
Lewenberg worked on creative community engagement as part of the Everett Open Space and Recreation Plan, helping to develop engaging and innovative arts programming as part of a pop-up for the Village Fest event. This included creating viewmasters to get people to participate in sharing their visual preferences and bringing in the Veronica Robles Cultural Center Elote Cart to provide corn to participants in the survey.
Natick Senior-Friendly Trails
Lewenberg developed a creative placemaking project, using a gold frame and photos to create a spatial experience through which people could view possible trail amenities. She worked with artist Eva Van Aken to create the gold frame. The installation prompted conversations about what people wanted to see on a future trail network.
Revere Vision Tree
As part of the Revere Open Space and Recreation Plan, Lewenberg helped plan and implement a sculptural creative community engagement project. She asked people to decorate leaf-shaped paper templates in response to the prompt “What does your perfect day in the park look like?” At the final public forum, MAPC unveiled a sculptural tree with these decorated leaves.