SCOUT’S HONORED: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Cambridge School for Adult EducationThe Cambridge School for Adult Education. Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian.

Ever wish there was more learning in your life? The Cambridge Center for Adult Education strives to help people pursue lifelong learning through courses on everything from visual arts to ESL to writing to cooking.

The nonprofit offers more than 400 classes in each of its four annual terms. One of the most popular subject areas is visual arts, according to the center’s executive director, Lisa Burton. Visual arts classes range from jewelry making to woodworking to needlepoint.

While daytime classes often see mostly an older crowd, Burton says that nighttime classes draw in a wide variety of people.

“It’s great to see so many younger people still very interested in that face-to-face, experiential learning and networking that you can only get by a live event,” she says. “Our visual arts classes do very well, partly [because] you can’t substitute that with an app.”

The center’s cooking and wine courses—which include “Thai Street Food,” “The Cartography of Beer,” and “Artisan Baking Intensive”—are also among the most popular, Burton says. This fall the center will launch a series of celebrity chef master classes, which will bring in chefs from the Kirkland Tap and Trotter, Parsnip, and other local restaurants.


Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian.

This story originally appeared in the 2018 Scout’s Honored issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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