Case Study: MAPC's Arts & Planning Toolkit

Friday, June 15, 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Urban planners have immense influence in shaping the built environment through policy and planning. This case study exlores how the arts can be made an integral part of the development and implementation of plans and policies for vibrant and healthy communities. Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Arts and Planning Toolkit is a case study-based resource for planners and other government staff interested in innovating their planning and community development work through projects and partnerships that engage the creative community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to appeal to the interests of urban planners and others implementing governmental policies supportive of the arts.
  2. Explore the various goals that different partners (public/private, for profit/not for profit) have for the same project to satisfy these multiple objectives.
  3. Hear how to set up an artist-in-residence program in a government agency.



Jennifer Erickson
Manager, Arts & Culture
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, Massachusetts

Jennifer Sien Erickson serves as Manager of Arts and Culture at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving Metropolitan Boston. She heads the agency's Arts and Culture Division. Her expertise includes arts and culture, community visioning, housing, fair housing, economic development, transit-oriented development, and equity. Her prior positions included managing MAPC's Technical Assistance Program and serving as a regional planner in the Land Use Department. Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association - Massachusetts Chapter. Ms. Erickson is the co-founder of the APA Arts and Planning Interest Group and has served on the APA's Diversity Task Force and People and Places Task Force. Her work has also been published in the Journal for Planning Education and Research. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Erickson worked as a grantmaker, facilitating funding to organizations working to advance the quality of life in the Commonwealth. She received her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.