Public Art & Public Memory: Workshop for Municipal Staff in Greater Boston


April 2, 2020
8:30am - 12:00pm


New England Foundation for the Arts
145 Tremont Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02111


What can municipal staff working in the areas of planning, open space and recreation, and public arts do to address untold histories, engage with controversy, and leverage the power of public art and public memory in these discussions?

Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and New England Foundation for the Arts for a professional development workshop designed for municipal staff on new approaches to public memory and public art in Greater Boston.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however space is limited and registration is requested. Doors open at 8:30 AM, and light refreshments will be provided. We encourage everyone to come early, network and settle in as we plan to begin the program at 9:00 AM.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about best practices for facilitating dialogue about controversial monuments and memorials in your community, and about inspiring examples of public art and public history projects that are transforming public memories of places around the country. You will also engage in small group discussions where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about lesser-known historic and cultural stories in our region and how those stories and experiences can be actively engaged in place-based planning and programming related to public art, creative placemaking/placekeeping initiatives, and more.

Facilitators and Speakers: To be announced

This event is part of a series organized by the MAPC's Arts and Culture Department and NEFA's Public Art Department in conjunction with MAPC’s MetroCommon 2050 planning process. This unique, cross-sector initiative brings together artists and creators, planners, and policy makers to discuss the evolving relationship among public art, public memory, and public policy and to explore how artists can envision and shape more inclusive, thriving spaces and communities in Greater Boston.

In addition to this municipal staff focused workshop, MAPC and NEFA are also hosting a public event the evening before on April 1, 2020. Click here to learn more about the public event.

Registration fee: 

Free, but registration requested.

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning