Art and Public Health


| 145 Tremont St. 7th Floor, Boston MA, 02111 | Directions & Parking
Breakfast and Registration start at 9 AM.


Event is free; registration is required.

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is hosting a series of discussions among artists and municipal planners. 

You are invited to join us for a discussion about Sowing Place, a Cross-Sector Collaboration in Providence that addresses Food, Economic Development, Health, and Art. In a multi-layered and collaborative planning process, The City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Healthy Communities Office is aligning work plans and deepening partnerships among the City and neighborhood-based community partners. With end goals to transform two of Providence’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods into healthy, affordable and vibrant communities, this is a robust and complex project that brings together artists, arts administrators, and municipal staff in creative placemaking, health equity, land use, urban agriculture, social justice and social services.

Guest Speakers:

  • Gina Rodriguez, Cultural Affairs Manager from the Department of Arts Culture and Tourism (ACT), instrumental in helping the City secure Kresge FreshLo funds for the Sowing Place project
  • Valerie Tutson, Director of Rhode Island Black Storytellers, artist facilitator for Illuminating Trinity (a previous ACT project), and a member of the statewide Arts and Health Advisory Group
  • Vatic Kuumba, poet, theatre artist, artist facilitator for the Sowing Place

This is the last in a three-part series of discussions that explore how public art can address a range of planning goals and objectives related to green infrastructure, community building, economic development, and public health. Designed to build more cohesion among artists, arts administrators, and municipal planners, this series is co-hosted by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

Carolyn Lewenberg

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The event space is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. The front entrance has a double door vestibule without power operated doors. If you need assistance for entry or if the elevators are locked, please call 617-423-1390 to contact NEFA staff. Please contact Daniela J. Plotkin at 617.951.0010 x528 by Monday, April 2 if other accommodations are needed for your full participation.



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