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Important Update

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

JULY 16 TO AUGUST 19

Explore! Studio Activity: LaKela Brown

Explore the art-making process of LaKela Brown in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio! Brown’s sculptural relief works of plaster and acrylic, featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, present celebratory symbols of Black female empowerment and 1990s hip-hop culture as if they were artifacts from another time. All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours.

AUGUST 20 TO SEPTEMBER 16

Explore! Studio Activity: LJ Roberts and Alanna Fields

Explore the how LJ Roberts and Alanna Fields use photography to document and analyze LGBTQ+ history in this self-guided activity with prompts shared in The Studio! Featured in 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone, Roberts investigates the overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, and craft, while Fields challenges representations of Black queer identity and history through found photographs. All ages are welcome to participate, free with admission during Museum hours.

SEPTEMBER 17 TO OCTOBER 14

Explore! Self-Guided Quest of 52 Artists

Stop by the Front Desk to pick up a free Explore! Guide to take you on a self-guided quest of our galleries. Along the quest you will search, sketch, puzzle-solve and discover connections between the original artists from Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists in 1971 and the new generation of artists featured alongside them in our current exhibition, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. You can complete the quest solo, as a family, or with friends!

OCTOBER 15 TO NOVEMBER 18

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.

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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