Summer Institute for the Liberal Arts

July 27 and July 28, 2021
Art and Public Space at Vassar and in Poughkeepsie

To kick off the year-long theme of “Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Opening Better,” the 2021 Summer Institute for the Liberal Arts will focus on art and public space at Vassar and in Poughkeepsie.

As Vassar continues to explore the development of the physical space that will serve as the Vassar Institute for the Liberal Arts, the current moment is an exciting time to consider the role art, architecture, and public space play (and have played) in engaging dialogue and building community. Art, broadly defined, has been cited as a pillar of Poughkeepsie’s civic renewal, and this Summer Institute will explore unique partnerships between arts organizations in Poughkeepsie and Vassar. The convening of this two-day, virtual event will include panels and lectures from scholars, practitioners, community activists, and local art leadership from nonprofit organizations from Vassar, Poughkeepsie, and beyond.

Tuesday, July 27

1:00 p.m.–1:05 p.m.

Welcome and Setting the Stage

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President, Vassar College

1:05 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Vassar’s Campus: Landscape Architecture as Art

Karen Van Lengen ’73, William Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia

Frederick Fisher, Partner, Frederick Fisher and Partners

Moderator: Elizabeth H. Bradley, President, Vassar College

2:15 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Optional Informal Chat in Zoom Meeting

2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Designing with Nature

Mark Schlessman, Professor of Biology, Vassar College

Richard Jones, Collections Manager, A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History at Vassar College

Adedoyin Teriba, Assistant Professor of Art and Urban Studies, Vassar College

Cara Hunt ’15, Research Data Associate, NYU Langone Department of Population Health

Moderator: Anne Brancky, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Register Here for Tuesday, July 27

Wednesday, July 28

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Strengthening Communities Through the Arts

Carmen McGill, Co-Founder, Celebrating the African Spirit

Chris Kroner, Principal, MASS Design Group/Hudson Valley Design Lab

Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director, The Art Effect

Moderator: Bart Thurber, Anne Hendricks Bass Director and Lecturer in Art, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Optional Informal Chat in Zoom Meeting

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Prototyping Partnerships

Celebrating the African Spirit and Colloqate Design

Asho Ashittey, Vassar College, Class of 2023

Bryan Lee, Founder/Design Principal of Colloqate Design

Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory and SUNY New Paltz

Liz Dahmen, Founding Artistic Director, Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory

Kiana Duggan-Haas, SUNY New Paltz, Class of 2023

Vassar and Poughkeepsie City School District

Christine Howlett, Associate Professor and Chair of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Vassar College

Aidan Anderson, Vassar College, Class of 2020

Center for Creative Education & Bard College

Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Executive Director, Center for Creative Education (CCE)

Sakinah Bennett, Bard College, Class of 2021

Moderator(s): Katherine Hite, Professor of Political Science on the F. Thompson Chair and Director of Research Development; and Tom Pacio, Director of Creative Arts & Institutional Grants Innovation

4:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President, Vassar College

Register Here for Wednesday, July 28