Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

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2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

Suzanne S. Rancourt is a poet, author, and veteran with a diverse cultural background of Abenaki, Huron, Quebecois & Scottish descent. Suzanne is also a multi-modal Expressive Arts Therapist. Her award-winning poetry, non-fiction, and fiction have appeared in a host of books, journals and magazine publications.

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Director of the VIC, Scott van Laer, aims to encourage widespread community participation with new interactions included with this year’s festival.

“We are excited to launch a new feature inspired by the 20-Dollar Art Show Extravaganza at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR.” Small works from local artists will be available for purchase with proceeds supporting VIC programming. There will also be an array of audience participatory activities, including trivia, giveaways, and contests. 

Emmett Smith, Founder of Northern Power & Light, Inc said, “We are thrilled to support SAM Fest and winter recreation right here in our watershed, and to give back to our long time customer Paul Smith’s College and the VIC.”  

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The event is also proudly sponsored by NCPR (North Country Public Radio). 

For more information about SAM Fest, please email

Photos provided by Paul Smith’s College VIC.

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