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24 COMMUNITY STUDENT PROGRAMS EVENTS T he museum offers a wide array of com- munity and student programs and events designed to engage educate inform and delight. These include Second Fridays a monthly event when the museum is free for all from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Northamp- tons Arts Night Out visitors of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on art-making that relates to the current exhibitions and collection. Activities empha- size process over product and encourage personal exploration and creativity. Last years highlights in- cluded mask making based on Diego Riveras fresco of an Aztec Jaguar warrior and model drawing with students from Smiths dance department posing as Edgar Degass ballet dancers. Smith student volun- teers are essential partners in this monthly program serving as hands-on helpers as well as inspiration for our participants. Second Fridays also feature Open Eyes an infor- mal gallery conversation led by a museum educa- tor and focused on one work of art. Visitors are in- vited to expand their thinking and interpretation of art by closely observing and sharing what they see. Whether they come once or return on a regular ba- sis attendees enjoy the opportunity to deepen their connection to the collection. As one visitor said af- ter hearing several people speak about an abstract print by Richard Diebenkorn I cant believe how differently I now see this work. In addition to Second Fridays SCMA was pleased to host two free Family Days full and dynamic afternoons of programming featuring visual and performing arts activities facilitated by volunteer Student Museum Educators SMEs. In November 2014 attendees of all ages enjoyed a day of collaborative storytelling and bookmaking inspired by global tales and works of art on view the Wailing Banshees Smiths Celtic music ensemble provided a soundtrack for the fun. And in March 2015 participants were treated to a day of artistic expression and reection inspired by the experimental use of found and natural objects in the assemblages of Mary Bauermeister. COMMUNITY STUDENT PROGRAMS EVENTS