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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

News & Events

Photo of glue gun and materials at Maker Faire

The Design Thinking Initiative hosts workshops, lectures, gatherings, collaborative opportunities, and celebrations throughout the year. We’re always playing with new ways to come together through Design, check back here for the latest upcoming events.


Bagshare Training

Wednesday September 18th, 5-8:30 p.m.
Capen Annex, Design Thinking Initiative

Artist Leni Fried started the Bagshare Project in 2007 as a way to divert old feed bags and agricultural waste from the landfill. Since then, the Bagshare Project has grown to support chapters across Western Massachusetts, supplying over 15,000 bags to local communities, businesses, and individuals.

The Design Thinking Initiative is excited to host Leni on Wednesday, September 18th to train the Smith Community in bag making. During this workshop, Leni will lead a comprehensive training on the Bagshare Project's tools, methods, and philosophy. Pizza/salad dinner will be provided from 5:00-5:30, followed by a hands-on making workshop. All participants will walk away with at least one reusable bag, and the skillset to lead future Bagshare workshops. RSVP required. Sign up here!

Two women holding bags that they made

Safety Training

Mondays starting September 9th, 12:30-1 p.m.
Capen Annex, Design Thinking Initiative

Learn how to use our tools and materials safely and responsibly! This training is required to use the downstairs making space independently. Gain 24/7 access to the Capen Annex downstairs prototyping studio! This short, half hour training will include a tour of the studio spaces, and important information on operating our equipment safely.