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.
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.
Our partners include:
- Agassiz Baldwin Community
- Arts on the Avenue Committee
- Cambridge Art Association
- Cambridge Arts
- Cambridge Creativity Commons
- Cambridge Public Schools
- Community Art Center
- Community Arts, Lesley MEd Program
- Digital Silver Imaging
- Lesley Arts, Community + Education
- Maud Morgan Arts Center
- Photographic Resource Center
- Porter Square Neighbors Association
- Powderhouse Studios
- Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
- Stacey Cushner ’10 (MFA Visual Arts)
- American Friends Service Committee
- Arlington Public Art
- Art & the Landscape Initiative | Pedro Alonzo, Curator
- Art Association of New England Private Schools
- Artists for Humanity
- Asian Community Development Corp
- Boston APP/Lab
- Boston Civic Media, Emerson College
- Boston International Kids Film Festival
- Boston LGBT Film Festival
- Boston Society of Architects – Common Boston
- Cambridge Neighbors
- Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (and other local and regional schools)
- Cambridge Women’s Center
- Celebrity Series of Boston
- Friends of CRLS
- Harvard Arts Partners
- ICNA Relief – Muslims for Humanity
- Islamic Council of New England
- Lesley Delivers, Office of Community Service
- Lesley Visual Culture Consortium
- Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA)
- RAW Art Works
- Teen Media Program, CAC
- Transition House
Art & 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.
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.
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.