Having the SMOA as a touchpoint and conduit for the Smithsonian is a point of pride for the staff.
“This is just another illustration of how this small museum in Springfield is doing big things in the community. I hope everyone knows about it,” said SMOA museum educator Amy Korpieski, who has worked with Smithsonian programmers.
Wednesday’s program will feature various speakers highlighting objects related to African American women’s history from the Smithsonian’s collection.
Originally designed to tie into the 100th anniversary of American women earning the right to vote, Korpieski likes that the initial program is still relevant to that, while also tying into both Women’s History Month in March and Black History Month in February, straddling the two.
The second speaker program, “Women Artists Respond to Place,” will be 5 p.m. March 31, and focus on the significance of landscapes, places and narratives of contemporary women artists in the Smithsonian collections, which will also feature African American and Native American speakers.
This also relates to one of the SMOA’s current exhibitions, “Celebrating Women” Female Artists from the Permanent Collection” in the Quinlan and Bosca Galleries. The SMOA will also do a series of social media posts on some of the artists to be profiled in the March 31 presentation.
“These topics are so relevant and thrilling,” said Korpieski.
There will be future virtual Smithsonian speaker programs, although nothing is currently scheduled. Korpieski looks forward to continuing the association and for what it can bring to the community.
“It shows the Smithsonian values Springfield,” she said.