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Maud Morgan Arts comprises a full arts program of classes and workshops for all ages, the Chandler Gallery, and a collection of original art by noted artist and community resident Maud Morgan (1903-1999). The agency works to reflect the diversity and talents of the community, bringing people together to make art, share art, and support visual arts education. Maud Morgan Arts is a program under the umbrella of the Agassiz Baldwin Community, a private non-profit organization that has provided quality programs and services in Cambridge for over 40 years.

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‘Tis the season of giving and you’re invited to this December’s 30th Annual Kids Only Holiday Sale! Agassiz Baldwin Community staff members and student volunteers will be on hand to help kids browse and purchase fun and inexpensive gifts for someone they love. Most items cost between ten cents and five dollars so that everyone can find something special to give to family or friends.

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“Birches have nearly taken over my studio,” says artist Marja Lianko, whose upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery features paintings and sculpture depicting—and, in some cases, made of—trees, bark and branches. Lianko is a fixture in the Boston art scene. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for 23 years, and has shown her work at the MFA, the Fogg Museum, the DeCordova, the Rose Museum, and the Art Complex Museum. This past spring, she took first prize in the Chandler Gallery’s Small Works Salon.

Join us for the Maud Morgan Arts HONK! Parade Mask Workshop and create your own mask with glitter, paper, paint and assorted baubles. Then join the HONK! Parade to “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet” as it winds its way into Harvard Square. Add your voice to the HONK! celebration of social justice as activist street bands and community groups will protest political apathy with music, humor and outrageous costumes. Workshop begins at 11am on Sunday, October 9. Pizza lunch will be served.

“I wanted to challenge myself to represent water in unexpected ways,” says artist Wendy Prellwitz. The paintings and monotypes in her upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery juxtapose night with day, solidity with fluidity, and the concrete with the unknowable while depicting water in abstracted textures and shades of magenta, orange and black. The exhibition is part of the annual Spirit Awards Benefit for Maud Morgan Arts, at which Prellwitz will be honored for her work as a Visionary in the Arts. 


“We are all weavers of images above and below the surface,” says Eleanor Rubin, one of the three artists featured in the Chandler Gallery’s upcoming show, “Intention and Chance: Evolving Images by Constance Jacobson, Eleanor Rubin, and Susan Schmidt.” The exhibition title refers to the printmaking process—which each artist uses—and to the ways that the artist’s objectives interact with factors beyond the artist’s control. As Schmidt says, “My work is informed by chance discovery, chancing upon and taking a chance.”


These works remind adults what it means to have fun. Clay animals, wooden marble runs, and a robot who serves cups for water are the creations of students at Maud Morgan Arts and Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool. The artists, ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade, offer perspectives that older artists can mimic and aspire to, but can no longer truly possess.


High school is not often a picturesque time of life, but the students in Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s first ever AP photography class have found many moments worth recording. According to instructor Debi Milligan, the analog and digital photographs feature a range of subjects including “landscape, architecture, urban landscape, portraiture, fashion, street photography, [and] still life.” The students’ work will be on display at the Chandler Gallery through May 13. 

We are who we are because of the stories we carry. In this class students will explore making books that connect to their own personal stories. By learning ways to create simple book structures, they are able to use photos and their own writings and images to express these personal narratives, which are not only important to each person, but also hold value to their particular community as well. We will look at examples of artists and writers who explore this terrain as well.

Four classes will have instruction, and alternating weeks will be open studio time without instruction.

Yes, It's About Roots by Marja Lianko

The space that separates two opposites is filled with tension, humor, and paradoxes, as evidenced by the artwork in the Chandler Gallery’s upcoming “Small Works Salon 2016: Thesis/Antithesis.” Juried by artist Gerry Bergstein, the exhibition features sculpture, paintings, photographs, and prints that fuse two contradictory ideas such as realism and fantasy, movement and stillness, or sincerity and irony. “I have always thought that art deals not only with the question ‘What is it?’” says Bergstein. “But also with the question ‘What ELSE is it?’”

“I see the city line every day. When I go to the shelter, that’s not what I want to see.” So said one of the homeless youth at a design meeting for a mural recently completed by volunteer artists at Maud Morgan Arts. The mural will hang in Y2Y, a new shelter in Harvard Square for homeless 18-24 year-olds that opened in December. During the day, the shelter provides space for Youth on Fire, a drop-in program for homeless and street-involved youth.