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Important Update

The Museum is closed for installation and will reopen on June 6.

The Studio

This space is used for the Museum’s public programming where visitors participate in courageous conversations and hands-on workshops with people from a diverse range of backgrounds including artists, educators, and each other. In addition, The Studio has drop-in hours on weekends where visitors of all ages can participate in self-directed art-making projects. The scale of The Studio allows for intimate and focused experiences catalyzed by the artists’ work and ideas present in the exhibitions.

We’re thrilled to re-open The Studio to families for Explore! – a drop-in art-making series during Museum open hours on weekends. Families can explore the themes in our current exhibitions by creating art through a self-guided activity with free materials and prompts on display in The Studio! Each month on Third Saturday, the Museum's monthly free admission day, a new Explore! activity will be introduced and visitors of all ages are welcome to participate.

Current and Upcoming Explore! Drop-In Studio Activities

APRIL 16 TO MAY 15

Explore! Studio Activity: Duane Slick
Free with admission; All ages welcome

Explore the themes in Duane Slick: The Coyote Makes the Sunset Better by creating your own art, through a self-guided activity with materials and prompts shared in The Studio! All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum open hours on weekends.

MAY 21 TO JUNE 17

Explore! Studio Activity: Women Artists from The Aldrich Archive
Free with admission; All ages welcome

Learn how The Aldrich paved the way for greater representation of women and female-identifying artists starting with the 1971 exhibition, Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, in anticipation of 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone opening June 6 at the Museum. Experiment with a variety of reflective art-making processes through a self-guided activity in The Studio. Prompts and materials will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours on weekends.

JUNE 18 to JULY 15

Explore! Studio Activity: “Under the Surface” with Howardena Pindell
Free with admission; All ages welcome

Explore the metaphorical, mixed media art-making processes of Howardena Pindell in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio! Pindell’s practice, featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, constructs and deconstructs material surfaces through texture, shape, line, and color, to reflect on the intersections of homelessness, AIDS, war, genocide, sexism, xenophobia, and apartheid. All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours.

Funders

Generous support for Education and Public Programs is provided by Bank of America; Connecticut Humanities; The Cowles Charitable Trust; David T. Langrock Foundation; Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts; Fairfield County Bank; Gage Fund; Goldstone Family Foundation; The Leir Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and Ridgefield Thrift Shop.

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June 18, 2022

Explore! Studio Activity: “Under the Surface” with Howardena Pindell

Explore the metaphorical, mixed media art-making processes of Howardena Pindell in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio!