Medfield State Hospital Creative Placemaking

Medfield State Hospital Creative Placemaking


Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration

Medfield State Hospital Creative Placemaking Project

MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Medfield to facilitate the activation of the Medfield State Hospital campus with placemaking activities that will set the course for future creative uses at the site. MAPC is working collaboratively with the Town of Medfield, the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, and an advisory committee composed of local residents and artists from Medfield and surrounding towns to plan a series of events starting on June 23, 2019 and continuing through May 2020.

The sprawling 661,000 square foot site of the former Medfield State Hospital sits on a hilltop overlooking the banks of the Charles River and boasts 39 historic buildings that are organized according to a Cottage Plan campus-style layout. Acquired by the Town of Medfield in 2014, the site is a unique and exciting terrain for creative reuse and renovation. The strategy will involve activating the churchwhich is slated to become the centerpiece of a future performing arts centeras well as the porches that grace the other buildings throughout the campus.

MAPC’s Role

The MAPC Arts and Culture Department is providing cultural planning and creative placemaking consulting services to develop and execute a series of events that can become a proof-of-concept to show that the site can generate a regional audience for artistic activities. MAPC is also providing an assessment of the current activities so that new initiatives may complement those that are already occurring on the site.


For more information about the project, contact Daniel Koff, Regional Arts and Culture Planner at

A group of nine people stand around a table at the kickoff for the Medfield Creative Placemaking Project


The Medfield Anthology
Saturday, May 2

Join us for a full production of "The Medfield Anthology," a site-informed performance set at the Medfield State Hospital. Created by MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo, "The Medfield Anthology" is comprised of several vignettes depicting the history of the institution based on archival research and interviews with residents of Medfield.

The performance will follow Medfield's Porchfest. More details to come!


Share your stories about the Medfield State Hospital! Your answers will help inform our creative placemaking work, including the creation of a new play by MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo.

If you have stories (or photos!) to share, please fill out an online survey at

In the News

July 5, 2019: Wicked Local Medfield - "Collecting Medfield State Hospital Stories"

June 14, 2019: Wicked Local Medfield - "Placemaking Evets Set For Medfield State Hospital"

June 5, 2019: Medfield Patch - "Father's Day Weekend - June 15: Dad's Brass Band from 2 - 4 p.m."