Opening in January of 2015, the Lunder Arts Center will introduce a new hub for the arts and culture scene in Cambridge's Porter Square and invite the community to experience Lesley's extensive artistic offerings.
Thanks to the leadership philanthropy of the Lunder Family, this Arts Center will be named the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University when it opens in January 2015.
This Arts Center will be much more than bricks and mortar – it will be the catalyst to advance engagement with the arts across the university, throughout the surrounding community, and everywhere Lesley graduates pursue their professions.
Nearly half of all Lesley students and faculty are engaged in the arts – whether at our art school as visual artists, in our graduate schools in the creative arts in learning, expressive therapies, writing, and teacher education programs, or in our college of liberal arts and sciences.
The Lunder Arts Center will unite Lesley’s university-wide focus on the arts.
Partial funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Adjacent to Lesley’s iconic University Hall in Porter Square which houses the Graduate School of Education, undergraduate classrooms and art studios and programs, the new Lunder Arts Center is uniquely designed to marry history with contemporary design, reflecting the character of the area. A new, four-story building will be connected by a dramatic, glass-walled commons to the historic, former North Prospect Church which is being relocated to the adjacent lot and restored to house an arts library and art-making studios.
The new Arts Center will contain classrooms, studios, digital and other laboratories, faculty offices, and flexible spaces for collaborative work. The ground floor will feature art exhibition spaces that invite the public in while enlivening the streetscape.
The Arts Commons Connector is a three-story glass arts commons space that will connect the new building with the historic church. The commons, opening onto a plaza on Massachusetts Avenue, will serve as the entrance to the Arts Center, welcoming students, faculty and visitors into the complex. The Arts Center will expand the long tradition of offering robust events and activities to the community, including exhibitions, lectures, conferences and symposia.
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