MAPC and NCCD Announce Winners of the Call to Creatives

September 28, 2018

Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Natick Center Cultural District announce winners for the CALL FOR CREATIVES

The artists’ winning creations will be showcased during the Call for Creatives Demonstration Weekend on Nov 3-4, 2018 at Natick Center.

Natick, MA (September 24, 2018) – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Natick Center Cultural District and the Town of Natick are excited to announce the winners for the Call for Creatives – a proposal to transform public spaces in Natick Center, specifically the Town Common, Moran Park and the footbridge over the Natick Center Commuter Rail Station and Adams Street.

From the many applications submitted to the Call, 6  finalists, (PDF of Finalists) were selected by a juried process involving members of the Natick Center Associates’ Public Art Committee and members of the Natick Center Creative Placemaking Advisory Group. The projects range in scale and imagination.

Each of the artists will be awarded up to $1,500 for their project which includes cost of materials and labor and has the potential to transform a designated space within Natick Center to become more relevant to residents and those who live outside the town, interactive, inclusive, sustainable and bold. The selected creatives were assigned mentors to help translate their proposals into built projects and demonstrations. Additionally, professional fabricators will be made available for consultation on matters of design, construction and installation.

All the public art installations and performances will be showcased at a Call for Creatives demonstration weekend over November 3-4, 2018 in Natick Center. The art work will be displayed for a period of two weeks following this kick-off event. The Call for Creatives initiative is part of the Natick Center Creative Placemaking Strategy and Demonstration Project that is being produced for the Town of Natick by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). The goal of the plan is to improve the breadth and quality of arts and cultural experiences in public places within Natick Center.

About Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC):

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. Our regional plan, MetroFuture, guides our work as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.

About MAPC’s Arts and Culture Division:

MAPC's Arts and Culture Division delivers technical assistance in emerging practice areas including cultural planning, creative placemaking, creative community development, arts and cultural data collection and analysis, and cultural policy.

About Natick Center Creative Placemaking Strategy:

MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Natick to help with the development of a Natick Center Creative Placemaking Strategy. The project will produce recommendations for new processes, tools, and strategies that the Town of Natick and Natick Center Associates can use to facilitate continued creative placemaking in Town Center. This project is funded by a grant from MAPC’s Technical Assistance Program that was made possible with funding provided by the Barr Foundation. Additional funding is also provided by the American Planning Association (APA), Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and in-kind support is provided by the Town of Natick and Natick Center Associates (NCA).

About Natick Center Cultural District:

Natick Center Cultural District is home to more than 100 working artists, The Center For Arts in Natick, the Morse Institute Library, The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, many independently owned businesses and cultural organizations, and an active Parks and Recreation Department, all contributing to a busy year-round schedule of arts and cultural events. The Cultural District is fostered by a private-public partnership, managed by Natick Center Associates. This nonprofit organization is comprised of property owners, retail and office workers, concerned neighbors, town officials, nonprofits and corporations with a history of more than 40 years working together for downtown revitalization.

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