Program Schedule

All museums have the opportunity to be hubs for connections between people, ideas, cultures, and even for someone to connect more fully with themselves, or who they aspire to be. What a privilege!

—Ann E. Musser, Associate Director for Academic Programs & Public Education (2003–14)

Smith Alumnae join in conversation about the work of connecting people with art in deeply meaningful ways, both within art museums and through the activist work of other community-based organizations. They will reflect on their own motivations and challenges in this work, while also sharing personal perspectives on integrating art in our lives and communities today.


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Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 am

Check-In & Coffee

Smith College Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

10:00 am


Maggie Newey, Associate Director for Academic Programs & Public Education, SCMA

10:15 am

Panel 1: Connecting with Art in the Museum

Finding innovative ways to engage and inspire


Moderator: Anne Manning ’89, Director, Education & Interpretive Programs, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Panelists: Sara Bodinson ’99, Director, Interpretation, Research & Digital Learning, Museum of Modern Art

Kimberly Drew ’12, Social Media Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Founder of Black Contemporary Art on Tumblr

11:15 am BREAK
11:30 am

Panel 2: Connecting with Art in the Community

Activating culture for social change


Moderator: Denise Gray ’97, Manager of School and Alumni Programs, ArtworxLA

Panelists:  Shereen Choudhury ‘11, Co-founder, Creative Director, Green Seed Arts, CA

Leila Tamari ’11, Program Assistant, ArtPlace America, NYC

12:30 pm Complimentary Buffet Lunch, Campus Center Room 208
1:30 pm


Kemi Ilesanmi AC’98, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, NYC

Followed by open conversation/Q&A

2:45 pm


Jessica Nicoll ’83, Director & Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator, SCMA

3:00 pm

Food + Art + Music +Fun

Atrium, Brown Fine Arts Center
SCMA open until 5 pm

Support for the Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium has been provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Fund through the initiative of Dorothy Tremaine Hildt ’49.