Join us for Fall Open House - Oct. 15 and Nov. 18
This event will feature programming for our undergraduate, graduate, and Threshold programs. A vibrant campus community and access to endless opportunities—Lesley has it all. It's where student cohorts become lifelong catalysts, solving for today's complexities with full hearts and open minds.

At the Community Engagement Office, we work to foster just and reciprocal relationships with communities through innovative, socially-engaged art and design programs and partnerships that create avenues for you to extend your learning beyond the walls of our school. With a focus on racial equity and social innovation, we develop opportunities for students and communities in Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater Boston to participate in activities ranging from artist lectures and hands-on workshops to collaborative courses and public art projects that stimulate positive social change.

Community Partners

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.

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Community Workshops

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.

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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 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.

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