Putnum Avenue Upper School Creative Journaling Project
Exhibition Location: throughout the library
In the 2012-13 school year 6th grade students at Putnum Avenue Upper School partnered with the Cambridge Creativity Commons to construct their own hand-bound journals inspired by Cambridge artist Dorothy Arnold’s legacy of art journals. The students’ journals are filled with pages that creatively express their knowledge through image and text across the disciplines of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Dorothy Arnold, known as “Doffie,” turned to her passion of art full-time, around the age of 40 after raising her family. She received training at the Museum School in Boston and painted at her studio locally in East Cambridge for over 15 years. She began writting and drawing in journals in the early 1940s, documenting her life and travels. Her journals, spanning over 60 years, have been donated to the Cambridge Room, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.
The Cambridge Creativity Commons aims to engage students and teachers in Cambridge in exploration of meaningful ideas to enrich learning through the arts. It is a collaboration of the Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Public Schools, Lesley University College of Art and Design and Creativity Commons, and the David Arnold Family.