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August 2020

Greetings RISD Alumni,

Welcome to our new RISD Alumni Association monthly newsletter. We will bring you news and stories about what’s happening on campus, information about new programs and opportunities to engage with RISD, updates about notable work from our alumni, students and faculty—and more. We are here to help you stay connected.

Strong connections can lead to powerful collective action, and the RISD community has already shown how it can come together. For example, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us, and RISD has responded: alumni have shared stories of their insights and creativity; faculty and students came together for a weeklong symposium on planning for a post-pandemic world; and President Somerson has been working diligently with college faculty and leadership all summer on RISD’s plans for fall instruction

The desire for community among our alumni is not limited to crisis response. We have connected with each other by forming new regional clubs in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, Silicon Valley, Connecticut, New Jersey and Cleveland. Alumni have also formed new affinity groups for social impact, fashion and apparel and zero waste, among others, where they can share experiences, network and expand their knowledge.

All of these connections will only become more important in the days ahead. RISD continues to grapple with profound social, economic and environmental changes. There are, and will continue to be, hard choices to make about the future of the institution we cherish. Our plan is to keep you informed and help you discover ways you can engage with RISD and each other as we move ahead.

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Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
President RISD Alumni Association

P.S. In an upcoming issue we’ll share more details about reunion weekend, now scheduled to coincide with Commencement 2021. Meanwhile, remember that if your graduation year ends in a 0, 5, 1 or 6, you should start to round up your classmates now!

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Plans for returning to campus  
RISD staff, faculty and student leaders have worked together to plan for the safe reopening of the college this fall. For the latest information on how RISD will start the academic year—including plans for a de-densified campus, adaptive teaching and learning, and new measures for safety and self-care on campus—visit the RISDxCOVID-19 website.


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Fighting to see the good
Nitashia Johnson MAE 15 was recently featured in The New York Times in Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America. Her work and words build on a collection of photographs that present an intimate perspective from artists who are motivated by their own reality.

What’s new with you? Share your news or event.

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New resource for RISD families
The RISD Families Association website is here! Designed to help families become more involved in the RISD community, families.risd.edu provides information about student life, how to participate in family programs and how to connect with other student and alumni families.


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RISD Network activates project-based connections
Have you joined the RISD Network yet? Bridges, a new program of the RISD Network, is an opportunity for recent graduates and alumni to connect with an individual or business to find paid, short-term projects. If you’re looking for a fresh way to network, try Bridges!

Explore Bridges on the RISD Network

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RISD Craft 2020
The RISD Craft website now features our 2020 juried artists and designers. Keep an eye out during virtual RISD Weekend in October as we spotlight accepted RISD Craft alumni on social media. You’ll be able to explore their work and connect directly with the artists.


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Dreaming of travel?
Where would you want to travel when the pandemic is over? The Alumni Travel Program has trips planned to Italy and Spain in 2021, but we’re looking forward to 2022. Let us know what trip would inspire you to travel with your fellow alumni!

Share your travel program idea

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Virtual Club + Affinity Events
Today Alumni in VR + AR and Immersive Worlds Industry Conversation with Zach Deocadiz 17 GD, Josh Inch 16 GD, Jesse Lehrhoff 03 FAV and Sara Thacher 04 GL

Aug 19 Rhode Island Meetup: "Favorite Unknown Artist"

Aug 20 Club of DC Show & Tell: Quarantine Edition

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