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.
Open to the Lesley community and the general public, this series of lunchtime screenings and guest speakers promote dialogue around socially engaged art and urgent issues that impact us all. Past partners and guests include: Islamic Council of New England, DIYDS!! National Youth Film Festival, Transition House and Independent Street Art Curator Pedro Alonzo. The series has partnered with Lesley's Climate Justice Institute for discussions committed to climate justice and civic engagement.
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.