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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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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 - AT CAPACITY

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 | Public Programs, Group Tours

Tour & Workshop: The Grid and Beyond

Some artists appear to be content with structure, while others play with it or abandon it all together. Join Aldrich Educator Noelle Newell in exploring the concept of the grid in contemporary art through artists in our 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition. Then, decide whether you will embrace or abandon the grid through a mixed media artmaking project in our Studio!

December 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Public Programs, Group Tours

Tour & Workshop: Making Meaning with Simple Materials

How do artists make profound meaning out of simple materials? Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes to explore artwork constructed of common or found materials throughout our 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone exhibition and discover how artists employ even the simplest and least-expected media to express their ideas. Afterwards, transform everyday items in our Studio into your own meaningful artwork!

December 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm | Public Programs, Group Tours

Tour & Workshop: Zine-Making Workshop

In this workshop inspired by Susan Chen’s painting, An Afternoon Making Quaranzines with Apex for Youth (2022), join Aldrich Educator Alanna Fagan in exploring how artists use their work to connect to their communities. Then, head to the Studio to create your own zine, or self-published booklet, about a topic that is important to you!

January 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm | Public Programs

Aldrich After Hours

We’re back in the new year to celebrate the final weekend of our current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone during Aldrich After Hours! Enjoy a drink and explore this historic exhibition before it closes on January 8th! Executive Director Cybele Maylone will also be on-site to lead highlight tours of the show.

January 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from our current exhibitions, guided by Museum Educator Holly Lapine, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above.

January 21, 2023 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Kids: The Boy with Flowers in His Hair

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will read The Boy with Flowers in His Hair by Jarvis and explore the largescale sculpture, Daisy Chain, by Kathleen Ryan. Then, we will move to the Museum’s Studio to create our very own flower chains made with everyday materials!

January 21, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour

Join us for this in-person tour of our new Aldrich Box: creating moments, guided by a Museum Educator! Aldrich Box: creating moments is an interactive box created by dancer and choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky and her collaborators that focuses on movement and exploration.

January 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm | Public Programs

Dance Performance | Ali Kenner Brodsky: moments

The first live performance installment of the Aldrich Box, a year-long traveling exhibition, is moments, a dance-theatre work created over five years by dancer and choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky that bridges choreographed movement, composed sound, and art direction.

February 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

Seniors-Only Tour

Join us for this in-person gallery tour of highlighted works from our current exhibitions, guided by Museum Educator Holly Lapine, reserved specifically for senior adults ages 60 and above.

February 18, 2023 at 10:30 am | Children and Family Programs

Story Time for Kids: The Shape of Home

Bring your budding artists to The Aldrich for Story Time, in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library! Together, we will read The Shape of Home by Rashin Kheiriyeh and explore how Hangama Amiri uses textiles to tell stories of her homeland, Afghanistan. Then, we will move to the Museum’s Studio to create our very own fabric collages!

February 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm | Group Tours

All Ages Discovery Tour

From Hangama Amiri’s large-scale textiles and Kathleen Ryan’s larger-than-life sculptures to the varied works featured in Prima Materia, explore artworks big, small, and everything in between during this in-person tour of our current exhibitions guided by a Museum Educator.