Cambridge Center for Adult Education


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Founded as the Cambridge Social Union in 1870, then in 1938, we officially became the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE). In 1889 the Social Union purchased and moved into the House of William Brattle at 42 Brattle Street, which was built in 1727. In late 1972 the Cambridge Center acquired the Blacksmith House (the former Window Shop) property. Blacksmith House includes the Dexter Pratt House, built in 1811, where Longfellow observed the famous Village Blacksmith at work under the Spreading Chestnut Tree in 1839. Both houses are being preserved by CCAE as living museums and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

CCAE offers a diverse menu of courses for adults ranging from ESL, cooking, painting, and so much more.

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Stories by Cambridge Center for Adult Education

German Class at CCAE by Skip Schiel

By Paul Sayed

CCAE Berta Golahny Awards

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education presented the second annual Berta Golahny Awards as part of the opening reception for the Spring Art Exhibit at 42 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The juried Golahny Awards honors outstanding artistic achievement in by students and teachers. This year the winners of the Berta Golahny Student Awards were Elizabeth Coxe, Kay Hudgins, and Judith Prager.  The recipients of the Berta Golahny Awards for the Distinguished Teaching of Art were Ellen Stutman and Brett Gamache.

Celebrating Stan Edelson at CCAE

By Michelle Baxter

Cambridge theater director, playwright, and acting teacher, Stan Edelson, 87, who played a significant role in the 1960s experimental theater movement and the women's liberation movement, will be recognized for his 58 years of teaching community-based theater at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) in Harvard Square. The CCAE recognition party for Stan will be held on Dec. 1, 2016, 7-9:30 pm, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA (Spiegel Auditorium).

Katia Kapovich: Award Winning Poet

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is fortunate to have bilingual poet Katia Kapovich among our roster of amazingly talented instructors.

Black Lives Matter Protest, Boston Dec. 4, 2014 by Paul Sayed

by Barbara Beckwith

I stand up straighter because of a CCAE body workshop, converse in French with the help of CCAE conversation classes, and am a well-published writer in part because of the encouragement of CCAE teachers like Mopsy Strange Kennedy.

You're Killing Already by Andrea Aptecker

Theatre @ First will present a staged reading of CCAE teacher Andrea Aptecker’s new comedy, You’re Killing Me Already! on July 28, 2016 at 8pm in Davis Square. It is free and open to the public.   For further information, please visit their website:

A few weeks ago, Andrea Aptecker sat down with Paul Sayed, CCAE Staff, to talk about her play.

Where did the inspiration for the play originate?

Berta Golahny Awards at CCAE

On April 1, 2016, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) proudly announced the winners of the first annual Berta Golahny Awards. Created in recognition of prolific artist, mentor, and teacher Berta Golahny, the Golahny Awards were awarded to two teachers and three student artists in one of the larger receptions CCAE has seen in recent years. Berta’s daughter, Amy Golahny, graciously presented student artists Anne McNevin and Kelly Slater with the Berta Golahny Award for Artistic Excellence.

Doro Sadowicz at CCAE by Paul Sayed

With a background in molecular biology and bio-chemistry, Doro Sadowicz works as a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by day. By night she is a fitness instructor and health coach.  At the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Coach Doro teaches CIZE and Insanity. According to Doro, she was not always an athletic person and used to shy away from exercising in public or in groups.  However, around five years ago, Doro decided to try out a workout program with her husband and saw major improvements in her overall well-being.