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 church—which is slated to become the centerpiece of a future performing arts center—as well as the porches that grace the other buildings throughout the campus.
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.