Our magazine includes an annual report, stories about recent projects completed at the school, words of wisdom from guest speakers, and fascinating news from Conway alums working around the country and overseas.
Our spring 2016 issue is a celebration of our landscape as a dynamic relationship between people and place, and features writing from faculty, staff, alums and our 2015 commencement speaker, Dean Cycon from Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Roasters, and a celebration of our new campus at Mill 180 in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Our cover features the implementation of a rain garden, a public event that grew out of a student project by Molly Burhans ’15 for the Springfield non-profit, Gardening the Community. Molly’s final design for a new community garden and educational site in an abandoned lot in Springfield included a rain garden to capture and filter stormwater from the site. A year after her fall project, the rain garden was built and installed during a public workshop led by the local design firm Regenerative Design Group, administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and funded by Clean Water Action. Two students from the Conway class of 2016 attended the workshop and participated in the planting, along with a group of Smith students, and youth from Gardening the Community’s programs. Not only does this image make a striking cover, it is also an excellent illustration of the fantastic network of local organizations and planning firms we are proud to be part of.
Thank you to all the trustees, staff, and alums who contributed to this issue of con’text, and a big thank-you to our local Hadley Printing for the superb printing quality of this annual publication. Last week admissions director Adrian Dahlin visited their studios to see their presses in action and took the following photographs of the process:
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