Cabot School Connects New Mural to Local History

Students Work with Historic Newton and Artist David Fichter

As the Cabot School undergoes a complete renovation, students are exploring 90 years of school history to help create a new glass tile mural. The school has partnered with local artist David Fichter (who also collaborated with Newton’s Angier and Zervas Schools) to work with the community throughout the year. The mural will be installed in time for the school’s reopening in the fall of 2019.

In a special collaboration with Cabot School staff Jill Leibowitz (librarian) and Christine Phillips (art teacher), and Historic Newton archivist Sara Goldberg, Historic Newton educators met Cabot 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for custom lessons designed to help inform their work on the mural. Students investigated Cabot School history through photographs, maps, and oral history recordings from Historic Newton’s archives. They then connected what they learned about the Cabot of the past with their own experiences to brainstorm ideas and imagery for the mural design.

In February, Fichter will begin a three-week residency at Cabot to construct the 100-square-foot mural. Each student will have the opportunity to help fit tiles into the design. The school will also organize community days on February 2 and 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carr School (Cabot’s temporary home), offering neighbors and alumni to be involved in the creation of the final piece.

The mural’s theme, “Together, We Go Far,” recognizes that since the first Cabot School building opened in 1929, community members have come together to support each other, advance learning, and enrich the life experiences of all. The mural will be placed in the new main lobby, on what was an exterior wall of the original structure, bringing together the past, present, and future.

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