RISD Alumni
March 2022

Dear Friend,
We are midway through the spring semester at RISD and the campus is alive with activity. Students are hard at work in their studios and a sense of anticipation is in the air as we prepare to welcome President-Elect Crystal Williams on April 1. Just a few days ago, both in Providence and around the globe, our community celebrated Founders Day, the 145th anniversary of RISD’s founding, with events and days of service from Chicago to Beijing. It makes me wonder if the founders could have imagined, back in 1877, the worldwide impact their gift would have. Today, the RISD alumni community is truly global. 
When I began my term as president of the RISD Alumni Association in July, I shared my vision of activating our global community, highlighting the work of our alumni volunteers that live outside of the US, and connecting alumni efforts with family global engagement efforts whenever possible.
I’m happy to share that we’ve made progress on all of those fronts: 

  • We appointed a dedicated staff member focused on global engagement for alumni and families. We have launched clubs in Canada and Italy with additional clubs being developed.
  • Our global clubs have expanded their membership to include regionally based families and have jointly produced families-oriented programming including Summer Welcomes and upcoming spring receptions for newly admitted students.
  • We have recruited global alumni to serve on the Alumni Association Leadership Council and its committees.
  • We have recognized the essential work of our global alumni through the Alumni Association Awards.

In addition to connecting and creating opportunities globally, members of the Alumni Association have been fortunate to spend time on campus, getting to know students and welcoming them to join the Alumni Association Leadership Council. We participated in Orientation and Move-in Weekend activities and hosted a gathering for students staying on campus over winter break. We look forward to creating even more connections with students and alumni over Commencement + Reunion Weekend! 
I look forward to working with you all to build on our successes as we continue to strengthen and grow. I encourage you to follow @RISDAlumni this April as we launch a new series profiling the work of our volunteers and celebrate all they do for our creative community.


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Commencement + Reunion Weekend

June 2–5, 2022
Join us for a community-oriented, family-friendly celebration filled with activities for all ages including RISD Craft: Spring 2022, a community celebration of our graduates immediately following Commencement, a special WaterFire and so much more!.

Register today

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2021-2022 Fulbright Honors

Congratulations to Jessina Leonard MFA 20 PH and Sabina Kariat 18 IL, RISD’s 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholarship awardees. 

Many RISD students and alumni have received Fulbrights over the years. The Alumni Association is seeking interest in creating an alumni-led affinity group specifically for Fulbright Scholars. Please use the link below to let us know if you are interested in learning more.

Let us know you're interested

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Connect: RISD Alumni in China

The RISD Alumni Clubs of Beijing and Shanghai invite alumni and current families to join us in welcoming our newly admitted students and their families at two celebratory receptions this spring. Connect with regional alumni and current families and share your experiences with our newest members of the RISD Community.

RSVP for our Spring Celebrations

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Pulling on the Thread

New Season: April 4, 2022

Season 3 of our alumni podcast features Emiko Davies 02 PR, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson 06 FAV and Henry Brown MFA 15 PR, Jordan Seaberry 14 PT, Pippi Zornoza 01 PR, Wayne Faucher 83 GD and Ryan Cunningham 02 FAV and Colin Healey 08 FAV.

Tune in

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Venice Bound?

Are you participating in the Venice Biennale, April 23–November 27? President Williams will also be attending, stay tuned for more information about when and where!

If you are taking part in the Biennale or in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)/WantedDesign Manhattan, May 15–17, please let us know.

Let us know you're participating

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Making Design History Accessible

Since 1971, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding has helped the RISD Museum open its collections to researchers and the public through fellowship programs, exhibitions and preservation projects. Most recently an NEH grant helped in the digitization of the Lucy Truman Aldrich collection of Asian textile masterworks.

Learn more about these projects

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Alumni Travel: Italy’s Lake District

July 16–24, 2022
Experience northern Italy’s unforgettable lake district, where sparkling lakes mirror the green hills and craggy slopes of the Alpine foothills with a seven-night stay in Stresa by Lake Maggiore.

Book your trip today!

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Connect with us on Instagram!

Want to see what’s happening for #RISDFoundersDay? Need to keep up with the activity at #RISDReunion2022? Can’t wait to listen in on the latest podcast episode of #PullingOnTheThread? @RISDAlumni keeps you in the know for all the latest alumni features and events!

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