Programs

Talks

Thought-provoking discussions led by exhibiting artists, leaders in the arts and other creative disciplines, and experts from fields related to the ideas presented in the exhibitions reveal insights into the art on view, instigate dialogue, and make connections to the world around us.

Talks

Thought-provoking discussions led by exhibiting artists, leaders in the arts and other creative disciplines, and experts from fields related to the ideas presented in the exhibitions reveal insights into the art on view, instigate dialogue, and make connections to the world around us.

Special Events

Exhibition openings, film screenings, poetry readings, musical performances, community events, receptions and more offer engaging ways to experience the Museum, meet like-minded culture seekers, and explore the art on view.

Special Events

Exhibition openings, film screenings, poetry readings, musical performances, community events, receptions and more offer engaging ways to experience the Museum, meet like-minded culture seekers, and explore the art on view.

Tours

Join curators, Museum staff, and art experts in a take-over of the galleries, exploring their “top picks” of the new series of exhibitions. Experience the art through a variety of inter-disciplinary topics and current events by discovering new viewpoints and sharing your own perspective.

Tours

Join curators, Museum staff, and art experts in a take-over of the galleries, exploring their “top picks” of the new series of exhibitions. Experience the art through a variety of inter-disciplinary topics and current events by discovering new viewpoints and sharing your own perspective.

First Fridays

Enjoy live music, cocktails, and nibbles from your favorite local restaurants. Guided tours of the current exhibitions activate the Museum’s galleries with lively conversation.

First Fridays

Enjoy live music, cocktails, and nibbles from your favorite local restaurants. Guided tours of the current exhibitions activate the Museum’s galleries with lively conversation.

Young Artist Happenings

Designed with and for middle- and high-school students, this series includes access to exhibiting artists, art-making workshops, expert talks, trips to cultural institutions and artist studios, and portfolio programs to prepare for art school or life as a practicing artist.

Young Artist Happenings

Designed with and for middle- and high-school students, this series includes access to exhibiting artists, art-making workshops, expert talks, trips to cultural institutions and artist studios, and portfolio programs to prepare for art school or life as a practicing artist.

Workshops

Hands-on art-making taught by experienced artists and artisans provides participants with an opportunity to get a little messy, experience new materials and techniques, and gain insight into the creative process.

Workshops

Hands-on art-making taught by experienced artists and artisans provides participants with an opportunity to get a little messy, experience new materials and techniques, and gain insight into the creative process.

Third Saturdays

Family workshops led by professional artists and Museum educators. Create art inspired by the ideas, media, and processes featured in the exhibitions on view. Every Third Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Free!

Third Saturdays

Family workshops led by professional artists and Museum educators. Create art inspired by the ideas, media, and processes featured in the exhibitions on view. Every Third Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Free!

Afternoon Studios

When school is out, The Aldrich is in! Facilitated hands-on workshops inspired by the Exhibitions on school holidays. No registration necessary.

Afternoon Studios

When school is out, The Aldrich is in! Facilitated hands-on workshops inspired by the Exhibitions on school holidays. No registration necessary.

Scouts

Earn a badge, a patch, or initiate a journey at The Aldrich. Work with Museum educators to create a project, visit, or series of experiences to fulfill your troop’s requirements. Troops of all ages and sizes are welcome.

Scouts

Earn a badge, a patch, or initiate a journey at The Aldrich. Work with Museum educators to create a project, visit, or series of experiences to fulfill your troop’s requirements. Troops of all ages and sizes are welcome.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day with a memorable art-making experience! Fun-filled, imaginative party packages are inspired by the current exhibitions. Be an Aldrich artist on your birthday and invite your friends and family to see, explore, and create at the Museum! Aldrich Family Guild members and above receive a 10% discount.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day with a memorable art-making experience! Fun-filled, imaginative party packages are inspired by the current exhibitions. Be an Aldrich artist on your birthday and invite your friends and family to see, explore, and create at the Museum! Aldrich Family Guild members and above receive a 10% discount.

Camp Aldrich

Join professional and practicing artists for Camp Aldrich – full-day, week-long arts experiences for children entering grades 1 through 10. Each week culminates in a celebration for family and friends.

Camp Aldrich

Join professional and practicing artists for Camp Aldrich – full-day, week-long arts experiences for children entering grades 1 through 10. Each week culminates in a celebration for family and friends.

ArtWrite

Incorporates writing and drawing activities in the galleries while looking closely at the works of art on view. For grades 1 through 12.

ArtWrite

Incorporates writing and drawing activities in the galleries while looking closely at the works of art on view. For grades 1 through 12.

STEAM Tours

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through the lens of The Aldrich’s current contemporary Art exhibitions. For grades 1 through 12.

STEAM Tours

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through the lens of The Aldrich’s current contemporary Art exhibitions. For grades 1 through 12.

School in Residence

Immerse an entire classroom or grade- level for a half day, full day, or multiple days in the galleries and art classroom at The Aldrich! For grades 3 through 12.

School in Residence

Immerse an entire classroom or grade- level for a half day, full day, or multiple days in the galleries and art classroom at The Aldrich! For grades 3 through 12.

Common Ground

Collaborate with diverse schools and neighboring communities through this pioneering School-Museum-Artist Curriculum Partnership for middle schools.

Common Ground

Collaborate with diverse schools and neighboring communities through this pioneering School-Museum-Artist Curriculum Partnership for middle schools.

College and University Visits

Gain insights into the exhibitions on view through interdisciplinary tours for higher education students, faculty, and instructors.

College and University Visits

Gain insights into the exhibitions on view through interdisciplinary tours for higher education students, faculty, and instructors.

Internships

Seek out unique opportunities for teens, college, and graduate students interested in contemporary art, museum education, and more.

Internships

Seek out unique opportunities for teens, college, and graduate students interested in contemporary art, museum education, and more.

Art Onsite

Early learners make the Museum their classroom and art studio during multiple visits that complement school curriculum. Classes explore the work on view, and engage in thematic storytelling and art-making activities. For Pre-K through K.

Art Onsite

Early learners make the Museum their classroom and art studio during multiple visits that complement school curriculum. Classes explore the work on view, and engage in thematic storytelling and art-making activities. For Pre-K through K.

Online Resources

Discover and download activities, lessons, and resources for your students and classroom.

Online Resources

Discover and download activities, lessons, and resources for your students and classroom.

Evenings for Educators

Join us for exciting and thought- provoking events and workshops for educators.

Evenings for Educators

Join us for exciting and thought- provoking events and workshops for educators.

Teachers’ Professional Development

Participate in innovative and inspiring workshops for K to 12 teachers across disciplines.

Teachers’ Professional Development

Participate in innovative and inspiring workshops for K to 12 teachers across disciplines.

Teacher Leadership Commitee

Join our community of educators. Meet, exchange ideas, and collaborate with The Aldrich in developing and assessing our programs for students and your peers.

Teacher Leadership Commitee

Join our community of educators. Meet, exchange ideas, and collaborate with The Aldrich in developing and assessing our programs for students and your peers.

Programs Approach

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.

Funder's Credit

Aldrich Funders

Generous support for Education and Public programs has been provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations; National Endowment for the Arts; The Goldstone Family Foundation; Anita and Nick Donofrio; The Amadeo Family; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Gage Fund; Fairfield County Bank; the Hospital for Special Surgery, Stamford; Ridgefield Education Foundation; Cohen and Wolf; the Wadsworth Lewis Trust; and the Estate of Ruth I. Krauss.

WSHU Public Radio, TownVibe, and HamletHub, are the official media partners for Culturally Curious and Creative Family programs in 2017.

Generous support for Third Saturdays is provided by Fairfield County Bank.

The Museum’s website has been generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Leir Charitable Foundations, The Goldstone Family Foundation, Mark and Marcia Goldstein, and Dale and Laura Kutnick.

Generous support for Education and Public programs has been provided by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations; National Endowment for the Arts; The Goldstone Family Foundation; Anita and Nick Donofrio; The Amadeo Family; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Gage Fund; Fairfield County Bank; the Hospital for Special Surgery, Stamford; Ridgefield Education Foundation; Cohen and Wolf; the Wadsworth Lewis Trust; and the Estate of Ruth I. Krauss.

WSHU Public Radio, TownVibe, and HamletHub, are the official media partners for Culturally Curious and Creative Family programs in 2017.

Generous support for Third Saturdays is provided by Fairfield County Bank.

The Museum’s website has been generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Leir Charitable Foundations, The Goldstone Family Foundation, Mark and Marcia Goldstein,
and Dale and Laura Kutnick.