Campus & Community

Where the wild art is

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Schoolchildren viewing their peers' art on the walls of the FoggPhoto by Seshu Badrinath

More than 200 Cambridge public school students have joined the ranks of Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, and other artists whose work is on display at Harvard’s Fogg Museum.

The artwork, inspired by the stories of author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, creator of the monsters in the childhood favorite ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ is part of a citywide celebration that has united the Cambridge Public Libraries, Children’s Literature New England Inc., the Harvard University Art Museums, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other city institutions in a month-long celebration of the author and his work.

On April 6, the Fogg welcomed a large crowd, nearly 800 visitors. Many, including Cambridge Mayor Michael Sullivan and President Lawrence H. Summers, were attendees at a celebration honoring the young artists and their families.

The Cambridge Public Libraries and Harvard have a history of partnering to promote literacy and art appreciation. For 15 years the Fogg and the libraries have hosted Family Night at the Fogg for Cambridge families. Sackler Saturdays hosted at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum offers free public art education activities. Access to Harvard’s Art Museums is free to all city residents with a Cambridge Public Library card.