Case Study

Case studies are based on projects by MAPC and other public, non-profit, and private organizations in Massachusetts, New England and throughout the US. They are divided into three themes for cultural planning, creative placemaking, and public arts & culture. Use


What is Photovoice? OVERVIEW  Photovoice is a community-based and participatory qualitative research method that is frequently used as a community needs assessment. Photovoice employs collaboration for the purpose of enhancing positive social action and driving social change.   To utilize Photovoice, research participants capture images that bring to

Creative Engagement

What Is Creative Engagement?  OVERVIEW  Creative engagement is an approach to community engagement that uses creative tools and artistic experiences to help diverse stakeholders imagine new approaches to planning processes and spark creative problem solving. Creative engagement can touch every aspect of the planning process. It may frame

Creative Economy

Creative Economy OVERVIEW An important area of planning and policymaking is nurturing the economic development of the sector. This work includes ensuring the economic strength and sustainability of small, mid-sized, and large arts organizations and small individual artists/producers. It also

Public Art

Public Art OVERVIEW Public art is any type of art intended for public spaces or the public realm. It is typically created by artists who “endeavor to generate dialogue with the community, at times about the issues central to their

Cultural Planning

Cultural Planning OVERVIEW Cultural planning is a place-based planning process that generates a vision and action plan for strengthening and growing arts and culture assets. Cultural plans may include goals and strategies that address topics including: social cohesion; community engagement;