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Repairing the Community


In response to the tragic events of September 11, the Staff Council of Smith College wanted to do something. A committee of volunteers was formed and set to work. The group met with Josh Miller of the School for Social Work to discuss ideas that might promote healing on our campus. Josh, a recognized authority in developing community mental health response to trauma and disasters, gave the group some valuable suggestions and input. As a result, the entire Smith College community is invited to participate in Cut from the Same Cloth, a visual representation of our emotions created through interactive art.

Loosely inspired by a Japanese tradition, this project encourages individuals to share their thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of September 11 (and the aftermath that continues today) by writing or drawing their responses, with indelible marker, on cloth strips. The markers and strips will be located at various sites on campus; the libraries, Gamut, near the student mailboxes, Physical Plant, the Quad, and 30 Belmont. Suggested topics cover four general categories "Anger and Fear," "Things We Share/Have in Common," "Hopes" and "Suggested Actions," but all thoughts and feelings are welcomed.

Students, staff and faculty are asked to tie the strips onto any link in the designated area on the construction fence across from Neilson Library. Please plan to make time to stop and read what others on campus have written as well. Cut from the Same Cloth is scheduled to be on the fence from Thursday, October 11-Monday, October 22, but with an ongoing community response, could be extended through Friday, October 26.

Once the display is removed, Staff Council will read each strip of cloth to summarize the expressed sentiments and the suggested actions for further consideration. The Smith College community will have the opportunity to review those actions and indicate their preferences in early November.

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