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Peter Cormier

Adjunct Professor

Pete Cormier

Pete Cormier is an alumnus of Lesley’s Individually Designed doctoral program and teaches in the Community Arts Program of the Graduate School of Education. He serves on several doctoral committees and was the interim coordinator of doctoral study plans for the 2015-2016 calendar year. Pete guides mindfulness meditation sessions in several communities on the upper Cape.

Pete is also a community arts entrepreneur. He is founder and executive director of The Awareness Project, Inc, a nonprofit which seeks to enhance the health and resiliency of the Cape Cod community by providing access to mindfulness meditation services so that all may reap the benefits of a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Pete is currently working to produce a series of performances integrating mindfulness meditation and dance, which will be used to embody the shared reflections resulting from the meditation experience.

Pete is also the founder and former director of The Sterling Music Exchange and co-founder and former managing director of Cornerstone Performing Arts Center, nonprofit organizations that used the performing arts to engage at-risk youth and marginalized communities in central Massachusetts. 

Pete is a musician and nature artist and leads workshops in the construction of liminal nature chimes.

Pete's website.


BA, University of Notre Dame
MS, Worcester State University
PhD, Lesley University

Selected Presentations

  • Vines & Chimes: Art-making in the Liminal Space Between Art & Nature, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 2015.
  • Introducing Art on the Midstate Trail: An Arts-Based Research Inquiry, The 5th Annual Qualitative Report Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. January 2014.
  • Unpacking the Backpack: A Dance-Based Inquiry, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 2013.
  • Community Arts in Education: Place Making and Space Making, Invited address, 8th Annual George Hein Lecture, Lesley University, March 2012.
  • Engagement Practices of Performing Arts Makers: A Launch Pad for Volunteerism, Massachusetts Conference on Service and Volunteering, Natick, MA. May 2011.