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.

Example Event 1

Art & Social Justice Film 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.

student using the press in printmaking studio

Collaborative Workshops

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

artist in studio with art covering walls


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.

Our Community Partners
We seek to connect art and design education to social justice initiatives in Cambridge and Greater Boston. We do this by fostering programs and partnerships with community arts and social service organizations, local and regional high schools, and institutions and consortia.
Contact Community Engagement