Two examples of educational programs initiated by Cecily Miller follow a similiar strategy: enlisting artist/teachers to develop creative art-making programs inspired by a specific environment, and introducing children to the sense of wonder and discovery gained from exploring art and nature.
- Art in the Garden is an intenerational summer arts program based at The Growing Center, a community garden on Vinal Avenue in Somerville. In this safe urban oasis built by neighborhood activists, children and families gather to create imaginative art projects in a variety of media. They also learn about plants and gardening, help with simple task, and closely observe the natural processes unfolding around them.
- ArtAdventures was designed as a fieldtrip program for camps in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and Roslindale. Small groups of campers visited for a walking tour exploring art, nature and history. Along the way, program leaders would engage participants in observation and dialogue, spotting carved Victorian memorials, contemporary art, and birds and urban wildlife living in the Cemetery's 250-acres. Often camp groups would end (or begin) their visit with a picnic lunch under shady trees near the Cemetery's small lake. A major goal of this program was to make camp staff and children aware of a free cultural and environmental resource that is also a healing sanctuary. A major challenge was to overcome initial stereotypes and fears about cemeteries as depressing, scary places. After visiting, when asked what they thought of Forest Hills, children said over and over how beautiful and peaceful it was.