Creative Placemaking in Massachusetts Gateway Cities


Funding Received: 2011
Multiple, MA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

MassINC is an independent public policy organization dedicated to increasing the vitality of midsize regional cities in Massachusetts. MassINC's creative placemaking initiative produced public opinion and research to help community leaders advocate for greater state support for arts-based economic development. In addition to reserach, MassINC held a Creative Placemaking Summit, where teams of from Gateway Cities across the state came together to exchange ideas and build momentum for local projects their drawing boards. 

Since the initiative began, state funding for the arts has more than doubled and many of the nascent initiatives debuted at the summit have been fully realized. 


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

MassINC is targeting 12 designated “Gateway Cities” of Massachusetts to make community leaders aware of state and local resources for creative placemaking and assist them... Read More
New Bedford's AHA Moment New Bedford, Massachusetts was recently named the seventh most artistic city in the nation. Once a month, thousands gather downtown to... Read More
Do voters care about creative placemaking? Creative placemaking is highly collaborative work requiring active public/private partnerships to marshal the resources, will, and energy to change... Read More
There’s something very appealing about downtown Holyoke . The city has some great old buildings and public spaces, it was the birthplace of volleyball, and... Read More
Walking around downtown with a city’s mayor, you get to know pretty quickly how things are going. For Jim Ruberto, the four-term mayor of the... Read More
MassINC uses creative placemaking to create mojo in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. It takes a lot of “mojo” to help smaller industrial cities turn things around... Read More