The Aldrich Museum is an artist-centric institution, guided by the belief that artists are inspirational, creative thinkers with a noteworthy ability to see the world through broad-reaching and cross-disciplinary perspectives. At the core of the Museum’s public and education programs are the ideas explored and questions posed in the exhibitions, positioned to make The Aldrich a place for discourse and critical exchange and an incubator for new ideas. The institution serves a diverse audience comprised of first-time museum-goers, experienced culture seekers, teens, families, students, educators, and artists, and the staff develop, implement, and evaluate programs that are as inventive, challenging, and thought-provoking as the art on view. Collaboration and partnerships with peer organizations, schools, educators, and individuals serve to integrate the Museum into the fabric of its broadly defined community, and the lives of the individuals who comprise it.
Programs for Culturally Curious adults and teens—talks, tours, workshops, community events, performances, studio visits and more—invite conversation about, and new interpretations of, the art on view and make unexpected connections between the concepts presented in the exhibitions and the complex society in which we live.
Creative Family programs are rooted in the concept that artists—innovators fueled by curiosity, risk-taking, and experimentation—naturally connect with and stimulate the inherent sense of wonder in a child. The Aldrich trusts in the ability of families to explore sophisticated art and generate diverse ideas around and in response to it. Afternoon studios, camps, weekend workshops, and family friendly exhibition tours allow for peer-to-peer learning and intergenerational exchange.
Programs for schools, students, and educators are developed collaboratively with the education community and are connected by the premise that authentic arts experiences cultivate self-confidence, critical thinking, and creative skills. The Aldrich’s roster of interdisciplinary programs for students promotes inquiry, questioning, observation, listening, and collaborating at the Museum and back in the classroom. The Museum recognizes and values the pivotal role that teachers play in children’s learning and life experiences, and offer engaging opportunities for meaningful partnerships and professional development.