Rockland Creative Placemaking

Rockland Creative Placemaking


Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration

Arts & Culture

Rockland Creative Placemaking


MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Rockland to develop and implement a creative placemaking project in collaboration with the local community. The goal of the project will be to showcase the positive impact of integrating arts and culture into Downtown Rockland’s revitalization.

The project deliverable, “Sole of Rockland,” is a fully developed creative placemaking concept and demonstration created in collaboration with local artists, Union Street businesses, and Town staff. In addition, MAPC will provide the Town of Rockland with a creative placemaking assessment that can help evaluate potential project sites that can generate a permanent creative placemaking project.

MAPC's Role

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is providing cultural planning and artist consulting services to develop and execute an outreach strategy to generate a creative placemaking concept including a vision, strategy, and demonstration project to be launched in the spring and summer of 2018. MAPC is also providing site assessments and recommendations to inform a long-term creative placemaking project.


For more information about this project, please contact Annis Sengupta at or 617-933-0774.

Sole of Rockland

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Sole of Rockland is an interactive art project that will strengthen the Rockland Farmer’s Market and support the REIMAGINE ROCKLAND downtown revitalization effort. Visitors to the 2018 Rockland Day and Rockland Farmer’s Market will have a chance to paint their own wet footprints with watercolor paints. These prints will reappear in an artistic map of downtown Rockland that highlights the places that local residents, workers, and visitors value. The project will culminate in artistic sidewalk paintings at each location and interactive exhibits where visitors can share their own memories of the past, reflections on the present and hopes for the future of Rockland.


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Project Updates

As of April 30, 2018

The “Sole of Rockland” concept was accepted to the Commonwealth Places program April 2nd, and MAPC has helped Rockland launch a Patronicity crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the project that will be matched by MassDevelopment.

On April 24th, MAPC assisted with the Patronicity video shoot for the project webpage. Video interviews were shot in the studios of Kim Smith and Scott Ketcham, artists at the Sandpaper Factory.


Robin Cook Hill
a local artist and Farmer’s Market Coordinator

Mike Mullen
member of the Rockland Board of Selectmen and chair of ReImagine Rockland

Shannon McDonald
and local artist active in the ReImagine Rockland effort