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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.

School 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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October 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone guided by our Museum Educators, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above!

October 15, 2022 | Free Admission, Children and Family Programs

Explore! Activity: Sculptures with Laurace James, Hannah Levy, and Lea Cetera

Discover how artists Laurace James, Hannah Levy, and Lea Cetera use sculpture to explore the relationship between body and machine. Inspired by these artists featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, create your own kinetic sculpture in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio! All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours.

October 15, 2022 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Little Ones: Moth & Butterfly

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will explore themes of transformation as we read Moth & Butterfly: Ta Da! by Dev Petty and explore the soft sculpture of Florencia Escudero. Then, we will move to the Museum studio to create our very own soft sculpture butterflies!

October 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by our Museum Educators!

October 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm | Public Programs

October | Performance Choreographed by Phoebe Berglund | Music by Celia Hollander

October is an abstract dance built on repetitive formal structures inspired by the work 4 Into 3 by Cecile Abish, included in the current exhibition 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. Choreographed and performed by Phoebe Berglund in collaboration with dancers Elanor Bock, Emily Kessler, Jade Manns. Music by Celia Hollander.

November 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Virtual Program, Public Programs

Virtual Panel Conversation: Global Feminism

We’re delighted to present a panel discussion with artists Leilah Babirye, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Kiyan Williams, and Lizania Cruz, moderated by curator and writer Legacy Russell, author of Glitch Feminism and Executive Director of The Kitchen in New York City.

November 13, 2022 | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone guided by our Museum Educators, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above!

November 19, 2022 | Third Weekend, Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Little Ones: To Make

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will learn about themes of artistic intuition as we read To Make by Danielle Davis and explore the colorful and expressive work of Rachel Eulena Williams. Then, we will move to the Museum studio to create our very own deconstructed sculptures!

November 19, 2022 | Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by our Museum Educators!

November 19, 2022 at 3:30 pm | Special Event, Public Programs

Book Release: 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us to celebrate the launch of the 192-page hardcover book, co-published with Gregory R. Miller & Co, for 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone! This significant catalogue includes essays by curators Amy Smith-Stewart and Alexandra Schwartz, an introductory text by Lucy R. Lippard, individual artist spreads, a complete exhibition checklist, and installation photography from both the original 1971 exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists and the current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone.

November 26, 2022 | Group Tours

All Ages Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by our Museum Educators!

December 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm | School Programs, Group Tours

Body and Land | Themed Gallery Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

How do our bodies co-exist with the natural landscape through tumultuous times? Explore how artists from 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone have been inspired by or explored the relationships between the body and landscape through a variety of found materials, ephemeral creative processes, and corporeal symbolism along this gallery tour.

December 3, 2022 | Public Programs, The Studio

Studio Workshop: Cookie Decorating

Join The Aldrich’s Curatorial and Publications Manager and owner of CM Cookies, Caitlin Monachino, for a fun day of decorating specialty cutout cookies! Caitlin will be teaching attendees how to decorate cookies inspired by artworks on view in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone along with some winter classics. You will learn the basics of royal icing cookie design and several insider techniques, just in time for the holidays.

December 10, 2022 | Public Programs

Writing Workshop: Call & Response

Join Aldrich educator and Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes for an afternoon of ekphrastic writing, using 4-5 favorite works from the current 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition as inspiration. Ekphrasis is the act of responding to a work of art in poetry or prose. It can be thought of as a personal response to the "call" of a painting, sculpture, or other artistic work.

December 17, 2022 | Third Weekend, Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Little Ones: Nature is an Artist

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will explore how we can be inspired by nature as we read Nature is an Artist by Jennifer Lavallee and learn about how Reeva Potoff uses elements of nature, like insects and mold, in her artwork. Then, we will move to the Museum studio to create our very own patterns inspired by the environment!

December 17, 2022 | Third Weekend, Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by our Museum Educators!

December 18, 2022 | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone guided by our Museum Educators, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above!

December 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm to January 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm | Group Tours

All Ages Tour of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of The Aldrich’s current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, guided by our Museum Educators!