At the Community Engagement Office, we build community through innovative, socially engaging art and design programs.

Our partnerships and initiatives create avenues for you to extend your talent and expertise beyond the walls of our school. We work hard to develop opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff—as well as the greater Cambridge community—to participate in events ranging from artist lectures and film series to hands-on workshops.

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Community Partners

We connect art and design education to social justice initiatives in Cambridge and Greater Boston by fostering programs and partnerships with community arts and social service organizations, local and regional high schools, and institutions and consortia. The Dean’s Community Advisory Council, which was established in Fall 2015, meets on a quarterly basis.

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Art and Social Justice Series

Open to the Lesley community and the general public, this series promotes dialogue around critical social issues that impact us all—whether we’re artists, designers, viewers, participants, or passersby.

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Community Workshops

Explore different topics in art and design, make new connections, or refine skills. Attend our summer Studio Residency for Art and Design Educators or one of our community workshops hosted in partnership with the Cambridge Art Association, Maud Morgan Arts Center, and other local organizations.

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Through our PARTICIPATE initiative, we develop participatory public art projects with community organizations and neighboring schools. Each project is designed to strengthen student learning in response to community needs.

Contact Community Engagement