Learn about living on-campus during the summer Young Artist Residency (YAR) program.
Summer Session housing is set in traditional style residence halls with community bathrooms, living room, kitchenette for limited cooking, laundry facility, and vending machines. Rooms are equipped with two single beds, two desks, two dressers, and two closets. The university has 24-hour, on-campus security. The residence halls are staffed with an on-duty live-in Summer Residence Assistant (RA). In addition, the College of Art and Design residence and Young Artist Residency (YAR) program is staffed with live-in Lesley Young Artist Residency (YAR) Mentors.
Rules and guidelines are clearly outlined in the 'Residency Handbook' and are provided in writing to students who have enrolled in the program and their parents. Attendance is checked frequently at five or more daily checkpoints to ensure that all students are present.
The College of Art and Design studios are located across the Charles River in Boston and university transportation is provided to and from classes and events. Young Artist Residency (YAR) students are also assigned individual private studios for their use during the program.
Students eat breakfast and dinner in the dining hall on the Doble campus and an hour for lunch is provided at Lesley between classes on weekdays. On weekends, meals are provided in conjunction with activities.ScheduleA typical weekday: Breakfast 8:00am - 8:45am Shuttle departs for the College of Art and Design Studios 8:50am Morning classes begin 9:30am - 1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm - 2:00pm Afternoon classes begin 2:00pm - 5:30pm Shuttle departs for Doble campus 5:45pm Dinner in White Hall 6:00pm - 7:00pm Optional Artist Presentation 7:00pm - 8:00pm Free Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm Curfew 11:00pm Lights out 12:00amA typical weekend: Breakfast 8:00am - 8:45 am Museum or Gallery Visits 10:00am Lunch out 12:00pm Tours and shopping 2:30pm Dinner in White Hall 6:00pm-7:00pm Optional Activities 8:30pm Curfew 11:00pm Lights out 12:00am
While living on campus, weekend and evening activities are designed to highlight the historic and cultural significance of Boston through visits to galleries, museums, and artist studios. Below is a partial list of activities from which the weekend schedule is determined. Educational activities (museums, artists talks, studio visits) are not optional since they contribute to the 6 college credits that the program awards. Many non-educational activities are optional with alternative activities offered.
Museum of Fine Arts, BostonHarvard Art MuseumsMIT List Visual Arts CenterThe Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)DeCordova Sculpture Park and MuseumIsabella Stewart Gardner MuseumStudio visits to local professional design studiosVisiting artist presentations
Walking tours, including Boston's Italian neighborhood "The North End", Chinatown, The Freedom Trail, Historic Downtown Boston, Newbury Street Galleries, Harvard Square, Quincy Market, and Mount Auburn Cemetery.
The Manager of the Young Artist Residency Program oversees a staff of a Field Coordinator, Young Artist Residency (YAR) mentors and van drivers. The program maintains a ratio of one Mentor to nine students. Most Mentors are upper level college students or graduates of Lesley University and have experience with teen leadership and a special interest in working with young artists. Some Mentors are also educators who teach in the pre-college program. In addition to the live-in Mentors, the University staffs the residence halls with a live-in Summer Residence Assistant (RA).
The University Student Health Service provides Young Artist Residency (YAR) staff access to a medical consultant on an on-call basis. Should the need arise, students are taken to the walk-in clinic of a nearby hospital. The Young Artist Residency (YAR) program has access to an on-call professional Psychology Counselor as well as a Coordinator of Disabilities Services for students who may need situational support.
The Public Safety office is located on the Doble Campus adjacent to the residence halls. This office never closes and staff are always available to respond to security needs and emergencies. All students are issued college IDs for the duration of the program. Their ID allows access to all buildings, studios, and some equipment.
The Fitness Center is located on the Doble campus adjacent to the residence halls.
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