Cairn Hill An Educational Collaborative

Cairn Hill provides high quality, arts-based instruction to children in urban communities | 781.648.4605

Our Mission

Cairn Hill, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides arts-based enrichment to children in multiethnic, urban communities. Our Waldorf-inspired after school curriculum balances, enlivens and integrates the academic day.

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Our Work

In September, 2012, Cairn Hill created and piloted our first after school program in Malden. Massachusetts. The centerpiece of our offering was a storytelling curriculum called The Art of Word Weaving. It’s a resource we have developed to make oral comprehension and word retention easy, memorable and fun! Learn about the art of word weaving

In September, 2013 we began a partnership with the Somerville Community Schools to offer our curriculum, Story Play, as an afternoon club of arts, music, crafts and drumming built around story themes.

News & Events


Color in Winter, a Doffie event

Color in Winter Doffie Studio Fundraiser EventOn March 2, Cairn Hill hosted a lovely reception and art sale, Color in Winter, at the studio of Dorothy “Doffie” Arnold, a prolific and well known local artist. Her family had graciously offered to donate 80% of the sale of any of her paintings to Cairn Hill. Cairn Hill was invited to participate in this pay-it-forward event along with several other Boston area non-profits whose missions align with Dorothy’s core values. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon of music, wine and delightful treats in the presence of vibrant and colorful artwork while offering our supporters to purchase original artwork ‘for a cause.’ Read more

Update: The Arnold family has generously extended their partnership with Cairn Hill! Cairn Hill supporters are invited to browse Doffie’s site ( Her paintings will continue to be available for on-line purchase or by contacting the project administrator and making an appointment to view her work. Thank you!


Doffie logo Overview of a special space


Cairn Hill principals: Karen Swyers, Publisher, Caitlin McCoy, Lilly Siu, Cheryl Dressler, Margaret Ris, Jaquelin Harris and Kristin Bray   Rainer Dressler and Margaret Ryding

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Cairn Hill is delighted to announce a $7,000 award from The Boston Foundation. Read more


Alliance Conference

In January, 2014, several of our founders and founding board member, Maria Perez attended a conference entitled "The Social Mission of Public Waldorf Schools and Communities" presented by the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. Read more

September, 2013 Roof-top Fundraiser

On September 15th, we held our first Rooftop Fundraiser in Boston's historic Back Bayhosted by board member, Jaquelin Harris. Read more


Our curriculum project, The Art of Word Weaving, is now in its final stage of graphic design in the hands of our wonderful graphic artist, Karen Swyers. Read more