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SA+P FIVE: January 10, 2023
News, announcements, resources, and events from our School community.

ACT student Christopher Joshua Benton awarded Emerging Visionary grant

Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum awarded $650,000 in Black Visionaries grants to ten Black artists, designers and small businesses across the U.S. Benton is one of five artists to be awarded $30,000. According to Instagram's release, "These artists, designers and small business owners think in expansive, experimental ways. Their work spans disciplines, including poetry, visual design, spatial design, sculpture, photography, film, experiential design and education. But a commitment to community unites them." 

MIT CRE students shine in national contest

The six-member team took first place in the annual National Real Estate Challenge hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business Real Estate Center. It was the first time MIT participated in the invitation-only event. The team consisted of Steven La MSRED ‘23, Christopher (who prefers a mononym) MSRED ‘23, Will Gietema MSRED ‘22, Clemens Reimer MSRED ‘23, Frank Weiss MSRED ’22, and Ryan Wu MSRED ’22. 

New York Times includes Kristel Smentek's exhibition catalog among 2022's best art books

The History, Theory, and Criticism professor’s exhibition catalog, co-edited with Edouard Kopp and Elizabeth Rudy, is listed among the best art books of 2022. Smentek is co-curator of “Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment” on view at the Harvard Art Museums through January 15.

The Royal Academy of Music's "200 Pieces"

A music composition by MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover, “Resolve Remote,” has been released online as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s “200 Pieces” project to celebrate their 200th anniversary. The piece is for violin and electronics and was commissioned by the Royal Academy. Listen to the recording.


Honors for Urban Play

Congratulations to urban planning researchers Fábio Duarte and Ricardo Álvarez whose book Urban Play: Make Believe, Technology, and Space won the Outstanding Academic Title for 2022. Duarte and Álvarez argue that the merely functional aspects of technology may undermine its transformative power. The book was published by MIT Press. 
Call for applications!
2023-24 Design Fellowship

The MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) seeks forward-thinking students with a strong interest in design, sustainability, and social impact to join its next Fellowship cohort. Learn about fellowship benefits, activities and the application process here. Meet the inaugural 2022-23 cohort of MAD Fellows here.
Applications deadline:  Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm (ET)
Contest open to all!
MLK-Inspired Art and Performance Contest

Submit a visual artwork, piece of performance art, or literary work inspired by the values of Martin Luther King Jr. to enter. Open to all students, staff, postdocs, and faculty. Sponsored by MIT's Institute Community and Equity Office; submission categories and additional details are listed here.  
Deadline: January 20.
MIT Libraries offerings for IAP 2023

Copyright and fair use, author rights workshop, and a Wikipedia-edit-a-thon on climate change are just a few of the programs and workshops offered by MIT Libraries over the next four weeks. Check out the complete list here.

Around SA+P


MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests. IAP 2023 begins Monday, January 9 and ends Friday, February 3. Here are a few IAP courses offered through SA+P:

January 10*  |   Make a shop apron
Whether you're machining steel, mixing chemicals, or working on a new baking recipe, keep your clothes clean and create in style. Students will be able to make an apron sized exactly to them.
*Additional dates throughout January.
1:00 pm (ET)

January 17  |   IAP Discussion: Urban planners read the Gorgias
Explore themes from Plato's Gorgias in a participatory reading of the book, a Socratic dialog written in 380 BC that is as relevant today as when it was written. Advance registration required.
1:00-3:00 pm (ET)


February 1  |  IAP Film Screening
Join the MIT List Visual Arts Center for a screening of the documentary First Person Singular: I.M. Pei. MIT alum I.M. Pei is responsible for multiple buildings across the campus, including the Wiesner Building and the Green Building. Free but registration required.
Bartos Theater, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street
5:30 pm (ET)


Through January 15  | "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment"
Co-curated by Architecture's Kristel Smentek with contributions by doctoral students Phoebe Springstubb and Brandon Scott and recent HTC alum Elizabeth Browne. Featured in the Boston Globe’s Best of the Arts 2022.
More information here.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Through February 26  | Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere
Exhibition accompanies a new book published by MIT Press, edited by Caroline A. Jones, Natalie Bell, and Selby Nimrod.
MIT List Visual Arts Center

Through March 3  | NeuraFutures: How far is too far?
An exhibition sharing brain-computer interfaces and related research including implanting memories, reading dreams while you sleep, and communicating a thought between two people across continents. More information here.
Curated by Nataliya Kosmyna, MIT Media Lab
Rotch Library, 7-238

SA+P Wellness Program for 2023
Yoga and Mindfulness
Tuesday 5:30-6:45 pm in-person (9-255) and online | Connect via Zoom here
Friday 12:00-1:00 pm (virtual only) | Connect via Zoom here 
On-demand fitness for all abilities | Explore what's offered

Virtual exhibitions and activities
MIT Press: virtual lectures with authors | Connect here
ACT lecture archive | Connect here
Department of Architecture lecture channel | Connect here 
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