Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 822 FROM THE DIRECTOR AT SCMA, CONNECTIONS ABOUND. WE FOSTER them through programs that bring people together to reflect, share and learn. Connections blossom in our work with faculty, students and alumnae whose expertise and perspectives enhance our community. And we celebrate countless connections within our collection as we develop it in ways that spark dialogue and deepen understanding. Each and every day, serendipity and purpose unite to create meaningful experiences with art at the museum. On the pages that follow you will read about many of the exciting connections that have enriched the museum during the last year. Some are studied, others more spontaneous, and all have distinguished SCMA as one of the leading teaching museums in the country. One project that serves as a particularly powerful example of connection is our work with The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. Its catalytic support is helping to forge connections between young women with real curiosity about the field of museum studies and leading cultural museums and alumnae working in these areas today. Last summer, Brown Foundation stipends enabled three of our Museums Concentrators to have hands-on experiences that might otherwise have been out of reach. Tara Sacerdote ‘18 pursued interests in art and activism as an intern at Visual AIDS in New York City; Saraphina Masters ‘17 worked at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum with Eleanor Hughes ‘93; and Beryl Ford ’17 built upon her prior experience as a Student Museum Educator through an internship at the National Portrait Gallery with Geraldine Provost Lyons ’02. In addition to these unique opportunities for our undergraduates, we are extraordinarily grateful for the postgraduate experi- ences made possible by The Brown Foundation. Emma Cantrell, Brown Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Museum Education (2014–2016), shares her perspective on this valuable program on page 12. We are ever grateful to The Brown Foundation for supporting the personal and pro- fessional development of students and recent graduates, helping to build the pipeline of future museum leaders. The Brown Foundation’s generous support, together with that of the Fullgraf Foundation, has also helped us strategize future initiatives to fortify the museum and our field. Following the renovation and reinstallation of the museum, we turned our attention to the work within our walls with the completion of a new strategic plan. The process was thorough and inclusive, engaging students, faculty, alumnae, SCMA members and leaders from both Smith College and Northampton. And while the input was varied, the main message was clear: The museum is a much-valued connector in our community, a place for social interaction, dialogue and digging into complex ideas inspired by art. This is at the heart of the new 2017–2022 Strategic Plan. We are proud to share a summary of it with you, and look forward to turning our aspirations into action in the years ahead. FROM THE DIRECTOR