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Write Around PAM: Childe Hassam

As we move into a more intimate holiday season with our immediate households, we know there will still be lots of moments to celebrate traditions together, including preparing and enjoying favorite foods. Today, we invite you to spend some time writing about these favorites, using this piece by Childe Hassam as inspiration. Before or after you write, we encourage you to learn more about Hassam’s work and life through this book by former PAM curator Margaret E. Bullock and this essay from the Met Museum—and to visit our September 4 #PDXFoodFriday post on this same work. Perhaps you’ll add plum cake to your holiday dessert plans.

First, make a list of your 5 favorite holiday foods or traditions. Try to be as specific as you can.

Then circle one of the things on your list.

Finally, write a piece using the circled item as inspiration. We have 2 prompts to get you started. As always, you can use one, both, or follow your own adventure. Set a timer for 6 minutes and just keep your pen moving.

We always enjoy… / Ode to…

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Childe Hassam, Oregon Still Life, 1904, oil on canvas, Gift of Col. C.E.S. Wood in memory of his wife, Nanny Moale Wood, public domain, 43.2.4