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Important Update

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 Namulen Bayarsaihan at nbayarsaihan@thealdrich.org to learn more about Aldrich Teen Fellows and our upcoming sessions

Past Programs, Projects and Events

Spring 2021:

Spring 2021 Teen Fellows present 2020: A Historic Year

For this project, The Aldrich Teen Fellows created a “mockumentary” film reporting on the events and trends of the year 2020 in the U.S. from one hundred years into the future, through the lens of three fictional historian characters and an interviewer during a televised broadcast. The characters were scripted to represent American political stereotypes and social archetypes of the time via sarcasm and humor, while unpacking the global Coronavirus pandemic, U.S. presidential election, Black Lives Matter protests, racial and political injustices, and social unrest. Featuring an original script and animations, the film was written, played, and produced by the Fellows themselves under the mentorship of racial justice activists Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner of The Anti-Racist Table and Museum Educator Susie Buckley. The project was first inspired by artist William Powhida’s Possibilities for Representation in Aldrich exhibition, Twenty Twenty and later informed by feedback from Aldrich exhibiting artist Clarity Haynes.

Winter 2021:

Our Reign Brings Glory: Responses By Generations

For this project, The Aldrich Teen Fellows explore art's role in activism inspired by our current exhibition, Twenty Twenty. The Aldrich Teen Fellows will collect responses from women-identifying individuals to create visual representations of their experiences with power – either a time when they felt powerful, or a time when they felt disempowered. Submissions will be posted on the Aldrich Teen Fellow's project-specific Instagram: @ourreignbringsglory.

Winter 2020:

Hindsight is Podcast

The Aldrich Teen Fellows collaborated with Piti Theatre Company on Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series of "radio plays" inspired by a range of local and regional historical figures from Connecticut. Actors, including some fo the Teen Fellows, portray these figures as they witness the year 2020 and dramatize social and political issues surrounding voting rights and racism. The Teen Fellows produced and recorded Episode Three: How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High School, 1934.

Hindsight is, Episode Three: How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High School, 1934

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.

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; 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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Related Events

November 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Poetry: Poem Portraits

In their exhibitions, artists Lucia Hierro (Marginal Costs) and Hugo McCloud (from where i stand ) create vivid portraits of people – without ever showing a single face! Poetry does the same in words. Come “paint” poem portraits of the people you know with Barb Jennes, Aldrich Educator and Ridgefield Poet Laureate.