Animating Youth! A Room 305 Retrospective

Animating Youth!
A Room 305 Retrospective

January 19 - 23, 2013

Saturday, January 19
Opening reception 6:00 pm;
followed by screening at 7:00 pm

Suggested Donation for screening: $5

Films will include:
A Mouse's Tale
Mumbett: A Slave Stands for Freedom
The Animating Youth Documentary
Created as part of Room 305 Productions/Animating Youth Artistic Collaboration

Mobius will host a 7-year retrospective of animated artwork created from 2005 through 2012 by 5th/6th grade students of the Cambridgeport Public Elementary School January 19-23, 2013. Puppets, backdrops and artwork from various animated projects will be on display along with looped screenings of finished animations.

The show will be open to the public January 19-21 from 12 noon-6:00 pm and during limited hours and by appointment January 22-23.

Sat Jan 19, 2013 - Wed Jan 23, 2013










@ Mobius
55 Norfolk Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Artist/Animator Norah Solorzano is the designer of the Animating Youth! A Room 305 Retrospective at Mobius. For the past 7 years, Solorzano has worked with public school teacher Isabel Eccles and her 5th/6th grade classes in Room 305 at the Cambridgeport Elementary School as part of the artistic collaboration Animating Youth. Each year the students, teacher and artist worked together to create a cutout animated film inspired by the social studies and literacy curriculum. These projects have taken the students on colorful animated journeys through ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, colonial Boston, and their own imaginations.

Animating Youth offered the very best of multimedia, project-based learning experiences for students who scripted, created, animated, voiced and scored their own work under the guidance of Solorzano, Eccles and many other local artists and teachers who donated their time to the project. Animating Youth! A Room 305 Retrospective showcases the artwork and animations from 2005-2012. The artwork is made by kids, for kids, and suitable for all ages.

Room 305 Productions was a project spearheaded by Cambridge Public School teacher Isabel Eccles. For the past 11 years she has used animation as an integrative teaching method for her 5th/6th grade humanities curriculum, collaborating extensively with artist/animators Norah Solorzano and Joel Frenzer. Student animations created under Room 305 Productions won various awards including the My Hero Festival Award, a Macromedia Award; a Best Buy Teach Award; and grants from the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridge Foundation and the Rotary Club of Cambridge.

A Mouseʼs Tale, completed in June 2012, marks the final animation in Eccles’ 5th/6th grade class and the end of a Room 305 Productions era. All are welcome to celebrate the achievements of this groundbreaking project and the demonstrated value of arts-in-education.

Artist Bio:
Norah Solorzano, a graduate of Harvard University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is an artist and animator who has been artist-in-resident with Animating Youth since 2005. Since 2007 she has taught in animation courses at Lesley/Art Institute of Boston, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University in addition to pursuing her own artistic projects. Solorzano recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY and is engaged in graduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her web site is

Hosted by Mobius Artist Catherine Tutter