Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Smith College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Emma Kerr
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Arts Afield

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Arts Afield is a new initiative to formalize and encourage work in the arts and humanities at the MacLeish Field Station. The MacLeish Field Station, since its inception, has always been a truly liberal arts field station, home to programs like dance productions, writing workshops, and other arts and humanities programs, instead of just scientific research. Faculty and staff from the departments of psychology, art, English, landscape studies, environmental science and policy, and French have met regularly over the past two years to create a program that can foster this connection.

This fall members of the group worked with CEEDS to host an EcoPoetry workshop at MacLeish with local poet Margaret Babbott. The indoor/outdoor writing workshop was informed by Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions.

This spring, MacLeish interns worked with the Arts Afield group to establish ten long term reflection plots at the field station and, with support from the SAL, have begun a Story Map about the sites using ArcGIS Online. These long term reflection plots invite students, staff, faculty, and community members to reflect on their connection to nature, and will prompt poetry, story-telling, observation, and insights, to be shared for years to come. The Arts Afield program fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration and commits the MacLeish Field Station to being a liberal arts field station for the Smith College community.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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