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Important Update

Please note: The Museum will be closed on September 19 for a Members-Only preview and September 20 for a private event.

Public Programs

Participate in a broad range of programs designed to deepen understanding and engagement with the works of art on view, focused on interactive experiences around contemporary culture.

These programs include tours and talks with curators, artists, and scholars; performances in adjacent media such as music, dance, theater, and experimental forms; artist-led community events; and classes to build skills in creating and understanding art while engaging with artists and peers.


Generous support for Education and Public programs is provided by The Leir Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Anne S. Richardson Fund; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Fairfield County Bank; Ridgefield Thrift Shop; The Gage Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Connecticut Humanities.

Related Events

September 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Workshops

Virtual Poetry: Whose Lives Matter?

Participants read, write, and share powerful poems that celebrate equality and social justice.

September 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Virtual Adult Tour: Rudy Shepherd’s Somebody’s Child

Join Aldrich Educator Dayne Encarnacion for a deep dive into artist Rudy Shepherd’s work.

September 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Performances

Outdoor Concert: Lotus Chamber Music Collective - SOLD OUT

We are thrilled to present a two-part concert series featuring Lotus Chamber Music Collective set outdoors in The Aldrich Sculpture Garden.

October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Talks

Online ARTalk - Portraits and Healing with Artist Rudy Shepherd

Join artist Rudy Shepherd in a virtual talk about the nature of evil and healing in his paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

October 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Film Screening: Jinn with Aldrich Teen Fellows

Aldrich Teen Fellows are pleased to present Jinn, a film by Nijla Mumin.

October 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm | Workshops

Virtual Drink and Draw

Grab your favorite cocktail or glass of wine and connect for another virtual happy hour and drawing session!

October 17 at 10:00 am to October 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Third Weekends

Visit the Museum for free the third weekend of every month!

October 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Virtual Adult Tour: Genesis Belanger’s Through the Eye of a Needle

Join Aldrich Educator Dayne Encarnacion for a deep dive into our exhibition Through the Eye of a Needle.

October 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm | Talks

ONLINE - ARTalk: Honoring Women's Rights Pioneers with a Monument in Central Park

This ARTalk is an illustrated Zoom webinar panel discussion with Pam Elam and Coline Jenkins of Monumental Women, and sculptor Meredith Bergmann

October 19, 2020

Podcast Series: Hindsight is

We are thrilled to present Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series in the radio play genre to be released weekly starting on Monday, October 19.

October 19, 2020

Podcast Release: Alice Paul & Woodrow Wilson: Together Again in 2020

Alice Paul and Woodrow Wilson continue their debate about women's right to vote.

October 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Talks

Virtual Talk: Alice Paul & Woodrow Wilson: Together Again in 2020

Join us for a virtual conversation with writer Tina Cassidy joined by Jonathan Mirin, Artistic Director of Piti Theatre Company.

October 26, 2020

Podcast Release: The Webbs

This episode features William Webb (1834 – 1868) an African-American civil war soldier from Connecticut in conversation with Ridgefield's William Webb (1916 – 1991) who started the Ridgefield Chapter of the NAACP.

October 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm | Workshops

Anti-Racism Workshop: The Webbs

The Aldrich is thrilled to welcome Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner, the duo behind The AntiRacist Table.

November 2, 2020

Podcast Release: How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High, 1934

In April 1934, Ridgefield High School's Economics Class held a mock trial of Adolf Hitler.

February 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm | Talks

ARTalk - African American Artists: Self Determination and Resistance from the Roaring 20's to 2020

This ARTalk features Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D. who is a black feminist theorist and an Associate Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. This lecture explores the themes of self-determination and resistance in art made by African Americans over the last century.