Established in 2011, Cambridge Creativity Commons bridges the gap between arts and science to offer engaging STEAM programs to Cambridge, MA students. Our work is made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of our advisors, partners and financial supporters.
Please click on link to view a short promotional video created by Cambridge Rindge & Latin students at the Media Resource Center to honor five years of service to the Cambridge Public Schools. CCC Promotional Video
The Cambridge Creativity Commons (CCC) engages Cambridge Public School students and teachers in developing their imagination and creativity across disciplines to enrich aesthetic understanding and activate joy of learning through innovative arts-based projects.
1. Collaborate with core teachers, specifically in the sciences, to develop project-based lessons that support the curriculum through the arts, such as sculpting the planets of the solar system; creating stop-motion animations of plate tectonics; and using emerging technologies to develop interactive eco-systems
2. Partner with Cambridge Youth Centers to provide after-school and summer ‘residency’ programs that invite local visiting artists as teachers and align with learning goals and youth interests.
3. Partner with community organizations such as Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Arts Association and the Cambridge Public Library to exhibit student work.
How We Got Our Start
CCC was founded in the magical studio of Dorothy ‘Doffie’ Arnold in East Cambridge. This studio was filled with thousands of pieces of artwork and the spirit of an artist at work. She opened her studio to the children of Cambridge fueled by her desire to share her love of art and the artmaking process. Although we currently no longer occupy this space, CCC carries on the legacy of Doffie’s passion and the idea that art can be a catalyst and every child is creative.
Our Work to Support Cambridge STEAM Initiative
Our mission aligns directly with Cambridge Public School District’s, Innovation Agenda and the Upper School Initiative that restructured the school system to include four Upper Schools serving students in grades 6-8. Focusing primarily on this age range, director & lead teaching artist, Kyle Browne, works closely with Cambridge educators to create arts-based projects that enrich the curriculum in-school and out-of-school. Over the past two years CCC’s core work has been the integration of arts and sciences and the fertile creative ground this can provide. Collaborating with science teachers and technology specialists we have developed innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) projects that are deeply engaging and give students multiple access points to the content. This also supports the City of Cambridge STEAM Initiative to bring creative and science-based opportunities to all young people in the community.
Director, Kyle Browne is a visual artist, educator and administrator. She showed an interest in art at the age of five and began teaching intro painting classes out of her parents back porch as a high-school student. She received her formal education from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and is currently a candidate for an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her education work has been primarily at non-profits including art museums, environmental arts organizations and currently as an arts-based researcher with TERC looking at STEM literacies in makerspaces. Her work with the Cambridge Creativity Commons aligns with her personal and professional goals that everyone is creative and deserves access to the arts. Kyle strives to be a true teaching artist and continues to work in her studio and exhibit locally and nationally.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin students working at the media resource center asked Kyle some questions about the CCC in the Spring of 2016. View her interview here.