Cairn Hill An Educational Collaborative

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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


Cocktail Reception

September 13th Boston Cocktail Reception and Curriculum launch

We are celebrating Cairn Hill's first original publication: The Art of Word Weaving this September!!

We are inviting friends and supporters to a Rooftop Cocktail Party and Curriculum Launch on September 13th from 5:00-7:00 PM in Boston's Back Bay on the beautiful rooftop at 50 Commonwealth Ave. Come toast our success and enjoy the sounds of our fine young fiddlers, the Scottish Fish, who enlivened our rooftop fundraiser last year. Meet the authors and illustrator and fellow Cairn Hill supporters while you enjoy the sunset over Boston. Start your Saturday, September 13th night on the town with us!

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Cairn Hill Concert

Collaborative School Concert

On May 22nd, 2014, Cairn Hill was pleased to offer a collaborative concert featuring the students of Cairn Hill's ARTS Innovation after school program at the Malden Linden STEAM Academy with the 7th and 8th orchestra from the Lexington Waldorf School. The young K-2 after school students sang their well practiced rendition of "Spring is coming" and were followed by the youth orchestra playing several pieces ranging from Gustave Mahler to Pete Seeger. The concert was attended by a full auditorium of enthusiastic K-6th grade Linden School students whose foot stomping and hand clapping showed their pleasure. This initial exchange between the two schools was reported in the Malden Observer on June 6, 2014 as an enthusiastic success, hopefully the first of many. Read more.

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


After School Arts in Malden

ARTS Innovation—Cairn Hill completed its third after school  offering this Spring at the Linden S.T.E.A.M Academy, an Innovation School in Malden, MA. The school, which  specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with the addition of  the Arts, invited Cairn Hill to present its new ARTS Innovation curriculum to a group of to K-2nd grade English language learners. Read more

April 28 Forum —Forum on Waldorf Public Education

On April 28, 2014 Cairn Hill hosted a public meeting on the future of arts-infused Waldorf education in public schools:  The Intersection of Waldorf Education and the Charter School Movement in the US and Massachusetts. The open forum was held at the Arlington Senior Center in Arlington MA and featured two expert speakers: Rainbow Rosenbloom and Frank DeVito. 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