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Member Events in April 2019

Free Community Day @ SCMA

Free Our River of Plastic: A Mill River Clean-up

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 9–11 AM
  • To kick-off Community Day at the Smith College Museum of Art, the museum and the Connecticut River Conservancy invite you to take action and respond to the challenges raised in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Sign-up to volunteer for a morning of trash collection on our local river. Transportation from Smith College will be provided for those who need it. Afterwards, head over to the museum for Community Day to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate your hard work!  Register here.

Re:Fuse—An Artist Talk by Aurora Robson

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Graham Auditorium | Hillyer Hall
  • 5–6:30 PM
  • Aurora Robson will discuss her own art practice and ongoing dedication to intercepting the waste stream. She will help illustrate the nature and complexity of the plastic pollution problem while offering a specific model for academic inquiry that takes place at the intersection of art and science. She will also describe her own creative stewardship initiatives as well as the related work of other artists, designers, and architects—opening up the potential for artists to serve as active agents of positive change in society. 

art babes @ scma: Plastic Play

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 10:15–11 AM
  • Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. We’ll explore a different theme each session, in the museum’s galleries and the Smith College campus. Each session offered twice, on a Thursday + Saturday of the same week from 10:15–11 am.

    In April, mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson's sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler! Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap: bring a gently-used toy in working condition that your child has grown tired of, and trade it for something new to you! Any unclaimed toys will be donated to the Northampton's ReCenter Swap Shop.

    Open to members + nonmembers | Register in advance.
    SCMA members FREE | nonmembers pay only the museum admission fee.
    This program is underwritten by the Members of SCMA. JOIN today.
    Registration for members opens on March 1 | Registration for nonmembers opens April 1.
    This program fills fast and space is limited. Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

LECTURE: Reducing our plastic footprint: Experiences from the European Union

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Stoddard Hall
  • 7 PM
  • Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement.  

    Guiliana Torta serves as Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington DC. Giuliana worked in the European Commission headquarters for 11 years before moving to DC in 2017. In Washington, she covers a wide range of environmental policies including Circular Economy and Resource efficiency, the recent EU Plastics Strategy, Food waste, Fisheries and Ocean governance. She was previously posted as Environment Adviser in the EU Delegation for the Pacific, with regional responsibilities. A forester by training with a PhD in landscape and plant ecology, she has over 25 years of experience in implementation and development of environmental policies, ranging from biodiversity and nature conservation, international forestry, climate adaptation and sustainable development.

art babes @ scma: Plastic Play

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Museum of Art
  • 10:15–11 AM
  • Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. We’ll explore a different theme each session, in the museum’s galleries and the Smith College campus. Each session offered twice, on a Thursday + Saturday of the same week from 10:15–11 am.

    In April, mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson's sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler! Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap: bring a gently-used toy in working condition that your child has grown tired of, and trade it for something new to you! Any unclaimed toys will be donated to the Northampton's ReCenter Swap Shop.

    Open to members + nonmembers | Register in advance.
    SCMA members FREE | nonmembers pay only the museum admission fee.
    This program is underwritten by the Members of SCMA. JOIN today.
    Registration for members opens on March 1 | Registration for nonmembers opens April 1.
    This program fills fast and space is limited. Registration required: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

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