Specializations in community media, theater studies, visual art, integrated arts, and multicultural education.
In this action-based Master of Education program, you will get an interdisciplinary foundation in arts-based community work, grant writing, arts administration, networking, fundraising, and other components that will enable you to effect change through art. Graduates make an impact in non-profits, after school programs, hospitals, museums, and more. Program director and associate professor Prilly Sanville describes the story that each student creates while enrolled in the Community Arts Master's Degree program.
Specialization and elective courses help
you tailor your program to your particular passion. Work with practicing
writers, performers, artists, and educators to complete one of the
offered specializations: Community Media, Integrated Arts, Multicultural
Education, Theater Studies, or Visual Art.
In this course, we will examine the historical and contemporary theoretical frameworks that have shaped community arts in a wide span of artistic disciplines. Why has the community arts movement taken hold in the United States of America and across the international spectrum? Research proves that the arts bolster economicdevelopment, serve as connectors between neighborhoods and cultural/ethnic groups, and revitalize (physically and emotionally) urban and rural places. To achieve these dynamic possibilities, we must know how to turn ideas into action by gaining crucial skills in arts administration, audience development, and project development.
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Prilly Sanville directs the Arts, Community, and Education Master's program at Lesley. She is a working practitioner, and helps educators and community leaders to support high quality arts education. Learn more »
The Cabinet of Curiosities, an arresting visual display by Community Arts alumna Angela Wuttig, is featured in the in the inaugural issue of Voke, an online platform for arts research and academic thought. More of Angela's art can be found on her website, Angela Wuttig: Art and Arts-Based Research.
If you are interested in using Process Drama as a means of bullying prevention and intervention, check out Community Arts alumna Lindsay Jagodowski's new book "Triad: Theatrical Research for Improving the Acceptance of Differences."
The Cambridge Community Art Center recently launched a project to paint a four-stage mural on a pedestrian walkway at a Cambridge construction site. The mural will highlight the history and cultural heritage of the district. Read more »