At the Community Engagement Office, we build community and connectivity through innovative, socially-engaged art and design programs and partnerships that create avenues for you to extend your learning and expertise beyond the walls of our school. We work hard to develop opportunities for students and communities in Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater Boston to participate in opportunities ranging from artist lectures and film series, to gallery tours and hands-on workshops.
We connect contemporary art and design practice and social justice initiatives by fostering partnerships with nonprofit art organizations, museums, local and regional high schools, institutions and consortia. The Dean’s Community Advisory Council was established in Fall 2015 with the college’s move from Boston’s Kenmore Square to the Lunder Arts Center and new Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) studios in Cambridge’s Porter Square.
The Lesley Art and Design Visiting Artist Series invites national and internationally recognized artists to speak about their work and practice. The artists work directly with students through one-on-one and classroom critiques, as well as community-wide workshops or exhibitions. The series bridges the contemporary art world to the greater-Lesley community by fostering dialogue between artists and students. Evening lectures are always free and open to the public.
Explore different concepts and technologies in art and design, make new connections, or refine skills. Attend our high school workshops during the academic year. Participate in workshops co-presented with the Cambridge Arts Council, City of Cambridge, Cambridge Art Association, Boston International Kids Film Festival, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and other local organizations.
Through our PARTICIPATE initiative, we develop participatory public art projects with community organizations and neighboring schools. Each project is designed to strengthen student learning as informed by community interests. Check out some of the ways we have collaborated with the Porter Square Neighbors Association, Arts on the Avenue Committee, Boston Society of Architects, and the Community Development Department of the City of Cambridge.