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Powerful Pathways is a creative civic design lab and consultancy that works in policy, community development and the arts using creative media tools, applying design thinking principles and a social equity lens. Their mission is to facilitate social change through consulting, programming and training to non-profits, government agencies and social enterprises.

  • Designing strategic events in the areas of Urban Policy & Placemaking
  • Creative Public Engagement and User Experience Strategy
  • Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusive Community Planning workshops
  • Program Design, Development
  • Research
  • Project Technical Assistance

They intentionally prioritize distressed and under-served communities, locally, nationally and abroad. They also organize community initiatives, workshops and civic hacks – events that highlight innovative interventions that disrupt urban and civic challenges.

To make a donation online, scroll down to the bottom of the page. You can also send a check, made out to our fiscal sponsor, The Arts & Business Council. Please include “Powerful Pathways” in the memo. The check should be mailed to The Arts & Business Council, Attn Alexis Dearborn, 15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103, Boston MA 02210. Thank you for your support!

Current Projects

Mattapan Open Streets/Open Studios
A placemaking initiative in Boston’s most underserved neighborhood. More info at

The Forum on Engaging Immigrant Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners
A biennial forum designed to educate, support and network small business and entrepreneurship programs in order to better serve immigrant-owned businesses and startups. Learn more about the forum at

Boston’s Black and Brown Creatives: Redefining the Creative Class (BBBC)
We manage an online of currently over 930 Boston area artists, designers, architects and other creatives of color. We also organize live BBBC events.

Gentrification Intervention & Prevention Open Source Portal (pilot)
We are developing an interactive multi-media open-source land use and housing data website to track all the qualitative and quantitative elements of displacement.  

Social Enterprise Micro-Finance Program
Doing community focused work can be hard, and sometimes getting funded is even harder. As part of our commitment to social justice and community, Powerful Pathways is offering 0% interest micro-loans and mini grants social impact organizations and small businesses.

Civic Hacks
Occasionally we organize public events and workshops on urban topics, urban development, cultural and historical walking tours, and “civic hacks”– events that disrupt normative thinking and approaches to social challenges and urban issues.


Meet Our Spring 2024 Interns!

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2024 interns at A&BC! Our internship program is structured to provide a comprehensive experience in the fields of arts and non-profit sectors, facilitating professional growth and hands-on learning.…

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Meet Our Fall 2023 Interns!

We are thrilled to introduce you to the cohort of Fall 2023 interns! A&BC’s internship program is designed to offer an immersive, hands-on experience within the realm of arts and non-profit organizations. Our team has…

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Boston Art Review Reports on Artist Live-Work Space in Boston

The spring/summer 2022 edition of the Boston Art Review is out, and it includes a fantastic feature by Anita Morson-Matra, “Real Talk," that focuses on the state of live-work spaces for artists in Boston.  Anita…

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