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February 18, 2020

Artist in Conversation: Lorraine O’Grady
weinstein auditorium | wright hall

Artist Lorraine O’Grady will be joined in conversation with Stephanie Sparling Williams, Associate Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. O'Grady is an artist and critic whose installations, performances and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity and black female subjectivity.

This program is presented in association with the exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

February 25, 2020

Museums Today: Conversation with Miranda Massie
graham auditorium | hillyer hall

Join Miranda Massie, Director of the Climate Museum, New York for a conversation facilitated by Museums Concentration students about her work as the founder of the Climate Museum after leaving a career in social justice law.

Presented by the Smith College Museums Concentration.

March 03, 2020

Where We At?!: Black Women Artists and the Black Arts Movement
campus center

Join Kiara Hill for historical insight into cultural forces in the 1960s and 70s that helped give shape to The Studio Museum in Harlem, and will focus on the role of women in the Black Arts Movement.

Hill is a Ph.D. candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst.

March 05, 2020

March Teacher Advisory Group meeting
museum of art

Our March TAG meeting will focus on considering the many resources available to K-12 teachers on the campus of Smith College, including the Botanic Garden, Poetry Center, Special Collections, Clark Science Center, and more!

PreK-12 educators are invited to join SCMA’s Teacher Advisory Group (TAG), which meets four times a year to preview upcoming exhibitions, tour current exhibitions, plan teacher programs, and provide valuable feedback to SCMA educators. Meetings are scheduled on Thursdays from 4–6:30 pm and include dinner. Teachers are eligible to receive an Educator level membership after attending three meetings and may request a certificate to document professional development hours. Enjoy a professional learning community of teachers from all grade levels and subject areas who are passionate about utilizing the resources of the museum. Email for more information.

March 08, 2020

The ABCs of Racism: Starting the Conversation About Race and Racism with Kids
museum of art

Wee the People presents a workshop for educators and caregivers.

“Why are all the bus drivers brown?" "Why are Asian kids so good at math?" “Why did the police kill Mr. Phil?” “What will happen if immigration comes to take my family away?” Kids notice a lot about the world – including race, ethnicity, inequity and injustice. They sense that these things matter, and they have questions many educators are not prepared to answer. This interactive workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with kids, examine the social science of race awareness in children, and identify strategies to start the conversation with kids about the complexities of race, racism, and racial differences. Childcare provided.


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March 12, 2020

Black Refractions: Art in Focus
museum of art

Join Kymberly Newberry, PhD Student, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst, for a personal response to a single work of art in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Refreshments in the museum atrium immediately following. 

March 13, 2020

Free Second Friday
museum of art

From 4–8pm, participate in hands-on art-making and a guided conversation in the galleries.

4–7pm Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. 

Dragons and Tigers and Buddhas, Oh My!

Explore representations of Buddhist deities, tigers, dragons, and more in Buddhas | Buddhisms: Across and Beyond Asia, and then stamp your own narrative hand scroll of repeating images.

6pm Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. 

Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments

March 27, 2020

Working in Museums: Smith Alums Meeting Challenges and Leading Change
weinstein auditorium | wright hall

Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium, March 27–28, 2020 

Working in Museums celebrates the legacy of dedicated Smithies who have made their mark on museums throughout the past century.  Over two days, a diverse group of current alums will speak candidly about their personal motivations and professional goals to move museums forward. 

Featuring keynote speakers Thelma Golden '87, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Sonnet Stanfill '90, Senior Curator of Fashion, The Victoria & Albert Museum.

Register here

About this symposium

Working in Museums is one of a series of events celebrating SCMA100 - the museum's centennial year - and the 10th anniversary of the Museums Concentration at Smith College.

April 05, 2020

Remembering Benny Andrews (1930–2006)
museum of art

Join our speakers for glimpses into their memories of artist Benny Andrews.

Benny Andrews is featured in the exhibition Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem. As an artist, his art was never separate from his life and activism. Speakers include: Jonathan Bruce, Former Director of the CRT Craftery Gallery (Hartford, CT) and Artistic Director for former Huntington House Museum, Rosemary Tracy Woods, Executive Director, Art for the Soul Gallery (Springfield, MA).

Tea, coffee, and treats provided following the program. 

April 09, 2020

Black Refractions: Art in Focus
museum of art

Join guest speaker Camille Ollivierre ’20, a Vincentian-American writer/poet and founder of Dey Magazine, for a personal response to a single work of art in Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Refreshments in the museum atrium immediately following.