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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.

Teen Programs

We are invested in the artists, leaders, and thinkers of tomorrow by providing opportunities for teens to engage with contemporary art and museum careers through our Aldrich Teen Fellows, Internships, and annual Portfolio Day.

Aldrich Teen Fellows

This immersive fellowship empowers area teens to respond to current exhibitions by creating interpretative tools—such as audio guides, blogs, artist interviews, printed or digital ephemera, public tours, and workshops—for Aldrich audiences. The Fellows work in collaboration with exhibiting artists, curators, outside experts, and peers offering diverse perspectives while contributing to the Museum’s learning initiatives.

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Who We Are

Comprised of teens from across the state, the Aldrich Teen Fellows are a diverse group of passionate and creative local youth dedicated to expanding the reach and impact of The Aldrich's exhibitions.

What We Do

The Aldrich Teen Fellows work directly with exhibiting artists, Museum staff, and leading professionals in the field to design unique opportunities for creative engagement with the Museum’s exhibitions. This immersive fellowship provides the autonomy and support for our Fellows to produce special events or programs including media, 'zines, public performances, and more in response to the Museum’s current exhibitions.

Alumni Network

The Aldrich Teen Fellow program connects area youth with each other and the Museum to form a lasting community for years to come. Future opportunities for engagement, professional development, and mentorship are among some of the life-long benefits shared with Teen Fellows.

Email Noah Fox at nfox@aldrichart.org to learn more about Aldrich Teen Fellows and our upcoming Fall Session.

Past Programs, Projects and Events

Winter 2020:

An Interview with Zoë Sheehan Saldaña by the Aldrich Teen Fellows

An Interview with Zoë Sheehan Saldaña

Artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña shares the premise behind her work from The Aldrich's galleries. This is an excerpt from a larger project produced by The Aldrich Teen Fellows.

Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing Zine

Aldrich Teen Fellows worked with artist Colin McMullan to create a 'zine exploring the artist’s creative process. Download the 'zine here.

Internships

High school and college students gain valuable work experience in the arts while building professional skills by working with various departments within the Museum. The program supports career and college readiness focused on students’ self-directed interests.

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Portfolio Day

The Aldrich offers a free, annual program for high-school students who are curious about a career in the arts. Various representatives from higher education institutions convene at the Museum to review portfolios and answer questions about studying fine art and design, art history, or arts administration.

Funders

Generous support for Aldrich Teen Fellows is provided by The National Endowment of the Arts and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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.

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