Experience the compelling ways Art and Design faculty engage with communities in Cambridge and beyond. 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.
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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. Community Art + Design Collaborations deepen student learning in creative response to community needs through sustained cooperative partnerships with community organizations and neighborhood schools. Community Art + Design Collaborations include Community Design Studio– a professional working experience course in which students collaborate with non-profit organizations to produce vital, relevant and real-world projects. Community Design Studio’s dual mission is to strengthen the communities around us and, in the process, our students as designers.
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 on-campus in Cambridge and events for educators hosted throughout the academic year. Graduate credit and Professional Development Points (PDP) are available.
The College of Art and Design offers a host of new Community Adult Programs, including pop-up events, lectures, film series, workshops and participatory activities for adults 18 years of age and older. Current students, alumni, staff, and friends from the community and surrounding neighborhood are encouraged to participate.
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The summer Studio Residency programs take place in Cambridge, MA at the state of the art Lunder Arts Center with instruction from leading Lesley faculty.