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February 2021

Dear ,

I was excited to read this week about the new Houghton P. Metcalf Professorship in Sustainability at RISD. Through an act of inspired generosity, the Metcalf family has provided the college with the resources to have a real impact on a subject all of us take very seriously.

I was struck by the notion that the alumni community is nearly unanimous in its desire to connect with RISD on the topics of sustainability and climate change—and that we share these values with current RISD students, almost all of whom consider sustainability to be a national priority. Great things can happen when so many creative minds are focused on the same problem. There is brightness and hope in so strong an alignment.

Keep this in mind as you think about your plans for March 22—Founders Day. Check in with your local clubs and affinity groups to see how you can contribute to what RISD means in the world.


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Donald Choi BArch 82 P 07
RISD Alumni Association

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Professorship in Sustainability  
A new gift helps RISD bring art and design to bear on the future of the planet. The creation of a new Professorship in Sustainability will add a new fully funded faculty position, allowing RISD to recruit an academic leader to develop institution-wide initiatives on sustainability.
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Founders Day
March 22 is a day to celebrate the origin of RISD and to make a contribution to your local community. Save the date now, and check in with your local clubs or affinity groups to see how you can get involved.
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The Connection Keeper
Jonencia Woods has been named the new Executive Director of Alumni + Family Relations. She brings her skills as a convener and consensus builder to RISD’s Institutional Engagement team starting March 1.
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New from the RISD Museum
The RISD Museum’s fourteenth issue of Manual shines a light on the shadow, centering the black body as a site of possibility, liberatory self-awareness, radical non-conformity, and joyful defiance.
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Continuing Education
RISD CE has opened registration for the Spring 2021 Term. Check out their certificate programs and more than 120 online courses. Among their offerings: a new online program for high school students to help them develop as artists and grow their college application portfolios.
Learn more
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RISD Craft: Apply today
Our annual juried alumni and student sale returns to historic Benefit Street during RISD Weekend (October 9). RISD Craft features the work of alumni across all media. Apply today to be one of the 90 alumni who will be selected to participate! Deadline is February 17.
Apply now
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Magnificent Italy
Mountains, villas, gardens, lakes and a private cooking Italian class—plus an in-person look at DaVinci's"The Last Supper." Is there a better way to spend August 30-September 8, 2021? There isn’t. Register by April 30 and save $250!
Register now
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ICYMI: Club + Affinity Events
RISD in Tech—panel discussion of how to build a career in product design and where the field is headed.

Bonny Cai 18 AP (BRDD 18)—doing Fulbright research into traditional Korean fashion and sharing design ideas.

Anne Spalter MFA 92 PT—using AI with photography to create artwork and thoughts on the crypto art market.

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Upcoming: Club + Affinity Events
Sat, February 20
RISD Alumni in Animation Drink & Draw
Hosted by the Animation Affinity Group

Tue, February 23
RISD READS “Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles”

Sun, February 28
The Anti-Social Social
Presented by the Club of Miami/South Florida

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