Check out the dynamic ways in which Art and Design faculty are engaging with communities in Cambridge and surrounding areas. Learn how you can get involved whether you are a high school student, degree student, neighboring resident or community organization.
The Office of Community Engagement at the College of Art and Design approaches community building through innovative, socially engaging programs, community partnerships and collaborative art + design initiatives that extend beyond the walls of our school. We are located in the Lunder Arts Center at Porter Square, Cambridge – a dynamic community hub with a robust offering of activities, including exhibitions, pre-college courses for teens, adult workshops, pop-up events, lectures, artist residencies, professional development opportunities for teaching artists, symposia, film series and community forums.
The Office of Community Engagement is committed to:
Check out the dynamic ways in which students and faculty at the College of Art and Design are engaging with communities in Cambridge and neighboring areas. Student and Faculty Initiatives highlight how the College of Art and Design community responds to community needs by partnering and collaborating with community organizations and neighborhood schools.
Select from an array of opportunities for high school students to explore their interests in art and design, and enhance their college admission portfolios, and earn college credit. College Courses for High School Students Program offers studio art and design courses at the Lunder Arts Center at Porter Square, Cambridge for all levels of high school students in the fall, winter, and summer, as well as Online Portfolio Preparation Workshops for students who live outside of the immediate area or prefer online classes. Need based scholarships are available for local students through the Young Artist Scholarship Program. The Young Artist Residency Program, offered during the summers only, is a 4-week art and design residency for high school juniors and seniors seeking to build their portfolios while earning college credit, live with peers in the Lesley dormitory, and gain the exposure to the art school experience.
We offer continuing education and professional development opportunities for art educators. Our programs include summer Studio Residencies for Teaching Artists, offered both on-campus in Cambridge and off-site in Bar Harbor, Maine, and events for educators hosted throughout the academic year. Graduate credit and Professional Development Points (PDP) are available.
In order to support our College of Art and Design alumni, the college piloted a studio coop program in summer 2015 that allowed graduates to use our new studios in Lunder Arts Center to create. All College of Art and Design graduates were eligible to apply.
Applicants are accepted based on the availability of the specific studio and lab space they apply to use. Each studio and lab has a user capacity that will limit the number of users. Applicants must pass an initial safety and proficiency exam on the use of all equipment at the beginning of the coop program. Accepted program participants will be required to pay a small user fee. Supplies and materials will not be provided and are the responsibility of the participant. There will be limited storage available for participants for their supplies, materials and work. Scheduled classes and events take priority over open studio access, so participants might have to work around scheduled activities. Hours for access will be determined in consultation with the faculty or staff responsible for the studio or lab.
Learn more about our Art and Design Alumni Studio Coop
The Lesley University College of Art and Design is offering Summer Studio Workshops for adults 18 years of age and older. Current students, alumni, staff, and friends from the community are encouraged to participate in our summer studio intensive workshops. All one-day non-credit workshops meet at the Lunder Arts Center and run from 9:00AM - 5:00PM, with a break for lunch.
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