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As an artist-centered institution, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is guided by the belief that artists are innovative thinkers, who offer unique perspectives on our world. Learning at The Aldrich engages visitors of all ages with artworks and ideas from these artists, fostering a public space for critical discourse.

Our programs take place in person at the Museum when possible but currently most stream remotely through our website during the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include:

  • Public Programs—talks, tours, performances, workshops, community events, and more that invite new interpretations of the art on view, exchanging perspectives of our complex society and world
  • Family Programs—intergenerational virtual tours, at-home activities, and birthday parties give children and families new ways to learn together through contemporary art
  • Teen Programs—individual internships, group fellowships, and other opportunities to access the world of contemporary art by working directly with artists and Museum staff
  • Educational Programs—virtual tours and learning opportunities that provide direct access to exhibitions through unique and unexpected experiences for schools, universities, clubs, homeschool groups, cultural institutions, learning pods, and more by bridging art with multidisciplinary subjects to meet various learning goals

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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.

The Studio

The Studio is a dedicated space for learning and making for visitors of all ages to explore ideas, questions, and develop meaning around contemporary art and culture.

Children and Family Programs

The Aldrich offers a variety of virtual engagement opportunities for families, inviting peer-to-peer learning and intergenerational exchange.

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 Aldrich Teen Fellows and Internships.

Educational Programs

The Aldrich partners with preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools, universities, community groups, and home-schooled individuals to collaborate on virtual programs and offer digital resources.

Accessibility Programs

The Aldrich supports access to our exhibitions for individuals with a range of abilities through multiple partnerships with regional organizations, reciprocal Museum memberships, scholarship opportunities, and free admission for SNAP/EBT card holders and veterans.

Group Tours

If you are interested in our virtual guided visit options or if you are a teacher interested in virtual school tours please email us at aldrichedu@thealdrich.org.

Camp Aldrich

Join us for Camp Aldrich, a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and practicing artists!

Each week is unique—inspired by the Museum’s exhibition 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone—and tailored to specific age groups, with in-gallery learning and art-making. Campers will explore the Museum's galleries with teaching artists and educators, create dynamic works of art, move their bodies through mindful activities and games, discover art-making techniques, and build friendships along the way.

Selected Upcoming Events

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Camp Aldrich: Week 1

Join us for Camp Aldrich, a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and practicing artists!

Week 1 (Grades 1-3): July 11 to July 15, 2022

July 16, 2022 at 10:00 am | Third Weekend, Children and Family Programs

Third Saturdays

Visit the Museum for FREE the third Saturday of every month. Participate in a Story Time and a family-friendly tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.

July 16, 2022 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Little Ones: Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

Explore what it means to feel connected through Susan Chen’s painting in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, with a family-friendly reading of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho.

July 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Children and Family Programs, Group Tours

QUEER POWER – Family Tour of 52 Artists

Join us at for a family-friendly, in-gallery tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by Aldrich Educators! Explore what it means to identify your voice and reclaim your power through the lens of queer and trans artists working in New York City, through highlights of their work in this landmark exhibition.

Camp Aldrich: Week 2

Join us for Camp Aldrich, a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and practicing artists!

Week 2 (Grades 1-3): July 18 to July 22, 2022

July 23, 2022 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

“Holes in Your Story” Family Art-Making Workshop

Create art with your loved ones inspired by the process of remembering! Together, we will make collaborative, mixed media pieces inspired by Howardena Pindell (b. 1943): an American artist featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestonewho suffers from memory loss.

July 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Public Programs

Poetry Reading with Mahogany L. Browne

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host noted contemporary poet Mahogany L. Browne.

Camp Aldrich: Week 3

Join us for Camp Aldrich, a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and practicing artists!

Week 3 (Grades 4-6): July 25 to July 29, 2022

Camp Aldrich: Week 4

Join us for Camp Aldrich, a full-day, week-long arts experience with Museum Educators and practicing artists!

Week 4 (Grades 4-6): August 1 to August 5, 2022

August 6, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Public Programs

Poetry Reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host noted contemporary poet Rosebud Ben-Oni.

August 13, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Public Programs

Poetry Reading with Eileen Myles

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host noted contemporary poet Eileen Myles.

August 20, 2022 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Little Ones: A Book of Bridges

Together, we’ll read A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You by Cheryl Keely, then create our own 3-D model bridges inspired by the story, guided by Aldrich Educators in the Museum’s Studio.

August 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Children and Family Programs, Group Tours

STICKY MATTER – Family Tour of 52 Artists

Arrows, pipes, paint, mud… how many different sticky materials can you discover along this tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, and why did the artists choose to use them? Guided by our Aldrich Educators, explore “sticky matter” through close-looking of materials, texture, process to spark family-friendly conversation around gender stereotypes and cultural divide in this landmark exhibition

August 20, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Public Programs

Poetry Reading with Emily Skillings

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host noted contemporary poet Emily Skillings.

August 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Public Programs

Poetry Reading with Nathalie Handal

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host noted contemporary poet Nathalie Handal.