ROCKLAND — On Thursday, March 24, the Farnsworth Art Museum presents a lecture by Fabio Fernandez entitled “Making it! Greenwich House Pottery and the Story of Community.” The talk, the first in the new Farnsworth Forum Thursday series, takes place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Fernandez is the executive director of Greenwich House Pottery in New York.

“Farnsworth Forum Thursdays is an exciting new series of talks about ideas in art, culture, and what’s current in local and national conversations — what’s relevant in our world today and what energizes us,” said Gwendolyn Loomis Smith, the Farnsworth’s Phyllis Wyeth Director of Learning and Engagement. “We’ll have artists, idea-makers, museum and cultural leaders, and thought-leaders, but also explore new ground with new voices of thought from speakers who need to have more of a voice in the conversation. Whether the talks are on Zoom, in-person or hybrid, the purpose of Farnsworth Forum Thursdays is to bring our community together as we move forward into the future.”

Fernandez will trace his route to working at Greenwich House Pottery, an arts education school founded in 1909 in Greenwich Village. He’ll speak about the engagement with the community of potters and artists who have learned and taught there. Greenwich House had pottery almost from the beginning when the idea for a school was formed in 1902 and founded by Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch. Important trustees included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who later started the Whitney Museum. The studio has had many ceramic artists who have taught classes, including Simone Leigh, Betty Woodman and Peter Voulkos.

Fernandez is an artist, arts advocate, educator and arts administrator. He is the former executive director at the Society of Arts & Crafts in Boston. He also served as exhibitions director at the Society and as associate curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He serves as a trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

The April 28 Farnsworth Forum Thursday features Dr. Soren Brothers, Allan and Helaine Shiff Curator of Climate Change at the Royal Ontario Museum. He is also assistant professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

The fee for this program is $15; $5 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit