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Important Update

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.

Virtual Sessions

We develop custom programs with flexible rates to explore our exhibitions while addressing a variety of learning goals. Our Educational Programs use best practices in museum education to supplement learning for any and everyone, including schools, clubs, cultural institutions, homeschool groups, business teams, large family groups, and more.

We offer three styles of educational tours, any of which can be tailored to the needs of your group:

Contemporary What?

An introduction to contemporary art through the Museum's current exhibitions, focused on visual literacy and creative expression-great for first-time visitors and those interested in a more general, guided visit.


An investigation into the Museum’s exhibitions through creative writing and design-based activities that build critical thinking and communication.


A focused approach to the connections between The Aldrich’s current exhibitions and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (+ Design), and Math.

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Learning Residency

The Aldrich offers a nationally recognized program called Common Ground, where artists, students, and teachers share an immersive residency experience that fosters collaboration, creativity, and dialogue centered on social justice. This programs can be tailored to homeschool groups, learning pods, or traditional classroom settings. Email to learn more.


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

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