Community Engagement Overview

When students attend Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD), they don't just become a student, they become an active part of the diverse laguna beach community.

LCAD Community Engagement


One of the nation’s top non-profit colleges of art + design, LCAD offers students a range of employment and volunteer opportunities. Through our Career Services and our Student Life departments LCAD students can and do get involved in the Laguna Beach community. From cleaning our local beaches to community arts education, from working in local non-profit organizations and to supporting local humanitarian efforts, the LCAD community does just about anything they can to benefit the community of Laguna Beach.

LCAD is also deeply committed to being a good partner with our community and is actively involved in working with our community organizations to provide services such as parking during the summer, meeting spaces for organizations to convene, exhibition spaces, a library, and public art for all to enjoy. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are involved as residents, employees, community volunteers, and patrons. LCAD’s Board of Trustees consists largely of residents and business owners from Laguna Beach who are active in making their community a wonderful place. The College continually works hard to be an essential part of the cultural fabric of Laguna Beach and Orange County. LCAD strengthens this relationship by offering opportunities for involvement and allowing students to earn credit for service learning—benefiting both students and the local community.

LCAD Community Service

LCAD and its students support the community of Laguna Beach in many meaningful ways. Below is a list of just some of the organizations the College and its students work with and/or support:

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Laguna Beach
  • Blue Bell Foundation for Cats
  • Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  • City of Laguna Beach
  • Community Art Project (CAP)
  • Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters
  • KX 93.5 FM
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Laguna Beach Arts Alliance
  • Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
  • Laguna Beach High School
  • Laguna Beach Live!
  • Laguna Beach Police Department
  • Laguna Beach Rotary Club
  • Laguna Canyon Foundation
  • Laguna Friends of Architecture
  • Laguna Food Pantry
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)
  • Laguna Ocean Foundation
  • Laguna Outreach Community Arts (LOCA)
  • The MY HERO Project
  • Net Works Laguna Beach
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  • Sawdust Festival
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Wyland Foundation

LCAD Community Employment

LCAD collects annual employment data. Over the last five-year period, LCAD students and alumni have reported working at the following Laguna Beach businesses:

  • Active Culture
  • Alessa by Chef Pirozzi
  • AREO
  • Art-A-Fair Festival
  • Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  • Cast of Crowns Art Collective
  • Catch Surf
  • Catmosphere Laguna
  • City of Laguna Beach
  • Dawson Cole Fine Art
  • Dolce Gelato
  • Fatemeh Burnes
  • Faux Paux Productions
  • First Thursdays Art Walk
  • Fuse Interactive
  • Gregg Able Design
  • Gu Ramen Taps & Tapas
  • Handplant Skate Shop
  • Here Rover
  • Hobie Surf Shop Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Laguna Art Supply
  • Laguna Beach High School
  • Laguna Candles
  • Laguna Coffee Company
  • Laguna Exchange
  • Laguna Surf & Sport
  • La Vida LagunaFF
  • LCAD Gallery
  • LOCA | Arts Education
  • Merrilee’s Swimwear
  • The MY HERO Project
  • NEApolitan Pizzeria and Birreria
  • Nick’s Laguna Beach
  • Pacific Gallery
  • Peter Blake Gallery
  • salt fine art + RAW salt
  • Sawdust Festival
  • The Soul Project
  • Starbucks
  • Studio Misfits
  • Sue Greenwood Fine Art
  • Thalia Surf Shop
  • Vans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Wyland Foundation
  • Young Company
  • Zinc Cafe & Market