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Juneteenth (observed) - Offices and Library closed

RISD joins the state of Rhode Island in observing the annual commemoration of the end of enslavement in the US. Here are a few local events and educational programs community members may want to check out: JuneteenthRI Watson Institute celebration NPR history lesson

Alumni Club of Pittsburgh | Art in Public Spaces Walking Tour

Explore the artwork in Pittsburgh's Cultural District with the RISD Alumni Club of Pittsburgh! Join us for a stroll during which we’ll visit major artworks in various public spaces that reflect the neighborhood’s creative urban energy, depth and charm. Led by Walk The Burgh Tours, our custom 90-minute tour will cover about one mile. Following the tour, all are welcome to get together on their own for happy hour at a nearby venue in the Strip District.

RISD Museum | Summer Solstice Sound Bath

The Haus of Glitter Performance Lab presents a special event in the museum's galleries. Experience the transition from spring to summer immersed in the gentle, relaxing sonic vibrations for the body, mind and soul created by Glitter Goddess Collective's The Haus of Glitter Performance Lab as part of their Historical Intervention + PARKIST Artist Residency in the former home of Esek Hopkins, commander of the slaveship Sally. Free. No registration required.

Continuing Ed | Advanced Program for High School Students

Join RISD CE this summer for an online program designed for high school students interested in pursuing art and design in college. The Advanced Program for High School Students will help you advance your skills and learn best practices in producing work for your college application portfolio. This is an opportunity to access intensive, collegiate-level courses for students in grades 10–12 (or the equivalent) who are 15–18 years old. Registration Deadline: June 16 LEARN MORE This online program is offered in two four-week sessions and offers an immersive and expressive curriculum based around our changing world. Courses are offered online year-round, and you can enroll in just one or join a certificate track. Summer 2021 Program Dates: Session I: June 21–July 18, 2021 Session II: July 19–August 15, 2021 Artwork by Sonny Yu, student, Advanced Program for High School Students

Continuing Ed | Summer term begins

RISD Continuing Education is excited to announce more than 120 online courses for adults and teens this summer. Adult Extension programs offer students a range of courses for all skill levels. Courses run for six weeks, from June 21–August 2. Teen courses for ages 13-17 are offered in two-week sessions: June 21–July 2 July 6–July 16 July 19–July 30 August 2–August 13 Registration Deadline: June 16 (for classes starting June 21) Browse Summer Online Courses

Continuing Ed | Summer programs begin

Experience RISD online this summer from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re a student looking to earn college credit, an artist or designer looking to advance your practice or a professional looking to make a change, RISD Summer Programs is offering nearly 30 courses in a variety of topics. Registration Deadline: June 16 LEARN MORE All courses offer three credits and run for six weeks from June 21–July 30, 2021. Choose from studio courses that offer live sessions across two schedules and liberal arts courses that are delivered asynchronously: Schedule A: June 21–July 27, 2021, Mondays + Tuesdays, 10 am–1 pm ET, Online, LiveSchedule B: June 24–July 30, 2021, Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET, Online, LiveAsynchronous Schedule: June 21–July 30, 2021, Online, No required meeting times

Graduate thesis talk | Ariel Wills MA 21 NCSS

In our summer series of graduate thesis talks, you'll hear from recent graduates from the Class of 2021 as they discuss their work and research and share about their time at RISD. ARIEL WILLS MA 21 NCSS Ariel Wills combines her investigations in the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program with multimedia illustration about the relationship between craft, multilingualism and multigenerational narratives through the objects we encounter. Wills shares her thesis Material Encounters: Making Memory Beyond the Mind, exploring the cultivated domestic practices of hand-making by recounting the stories of her family’s experience as Jewish immigrants in the US, revealing how the act of making "allowed them to make memory tangible and curb the experience of loss'. Including her work as a graduate assistant for the RISD Museum's Costume & Textiles Department, Wills' research examines both the psychology and communications inherent with the material world.