Calendar of Events

Jun
14
Mon
Virtual Mindfulness and Movement for Kids: Stand Where You Are @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jun 14 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Think about where you have come from, where you are now, and where you are going in our family-friendly Virtual Mindfulness and Movement for Kids! Join Aldrich Educator Susie Buckley and Education Assistant Lorena Sferlazza over live video chat to focus on our place in the present moment through guided breathing, reflection, and directional movement, inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition, Hugo McCloud: from where i stand. Children of all ages welcome.

Jun
15
Tue
Virtual Poetry: When Trash Is a Poet’s Treasure @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Just as artist Hugo McCloud employs discarded plastic bags as the colorful medium of the works included in his from where I stand exhibition, poets can use discarded print media to create poems that are works of art. So gather a stack of magazines, newspapers, and even books that were destined for the recycle bin, and join Aldrich educator Barb Jennes to turn trash into poetic treasure! (Bring scissors and glue, too). All ages welcome.

Jun
16
Wed
TAI CHI @ Mattatuck Museum
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Registration will close the Tuesday before each session. 

Improve your energy and stamina as you move to the music with certified Tai Chi instructor Joe Atkins. Joe will teach gentle movements that improve balance, flexibility, and mobility and reduce stiffness and soreness. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome! 

Museum Members call 203-753-0381 ext 117 to register for Tai Chi

Support provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation. 

Jun
17
Thu
Virtual Story Time for Little Ones: Dreamers (Spanish and English) @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Gather your little ones for a bilingual Virtual Story Time with The Aldrich and the Ridgefield Library! Join Education Assistant Lorena Sferlazza and Bilingual Librarian Christie Barnett to explore the work of Aldrich exhibiting artist Lucia Hierro, followed by a special read-aloud of Dreamersby Yuyi Morales in Spanish and English. Then, create a work of art celebrating cultural identity through a guided, hands-on activity. Suggested materials will be emailed in advance; perfect for young families.

SPANISH TRANSLATION:

Cuentacuentos Virtual Para Nuestros Pequeños: Dreamers/Soñadores (en Español e Inglés)
Jueves, 17 de junio | 10-10:30am
Gratis; Recomendado para familias con niños de hasta seis años

Trae a tus pequeños para un cuentacuentos virtual bilingüe con el museo Aldrich y la biblioteca de Ridgefield! Nuestra Asistente de Educación Lorena Sferlazza y la Bibliotecaria bilingüe Christie Barnett le ayudarán a explorar la exposición de la Artista Lucía Hierro. Tras ello se hará una lectura en español e inglés del cuento Soñadores, escrito por Yuyi Morales. Por último, tendrán la posibilidad de crear su propia obra de arte para celebrar la identidad multicultural, a través de una manualidad guiada paso a paso. Se enviará con antelación un correo electrónico con los materiales necesarios. Perfecto para familias jóvenes.

EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH SELF-PORTRAITS: Adult Art Workshop @ Mattatuck Museum
Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In this mixed media workshop, artist Alicia Cobb will lead participants through the creative process of making a self-portrait based on how they see and identify themselves. This workshop will include a step-by-step guide through journaling, conceptual design, sketching, clipping, painting, and collaging. Participants will be encouraged to include things that are important to them and with which they identify, such as family, future, career, belief systems, race, style, and gender.

Support for these programs provided by Art Bridges.

YOGA: Intermediate Vinyasa @ Mattatuck Museum
Jun 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Registration will close the Wednesday before each session. 

Join Michele Morcey as she teaches strength-building poses, balances, and flows that link breath with movement. Students will explore pranayama (breath work), meditation, and final relaxation. While this practice is more vigorous than a gentle yoga class, it is accessible to most levels, as it is led with the idea that all practices serve us differently. Bring your own mat. 

Museum Members call 203-753-0381 ext 117 to register for Yoga-Intermediate Vinyasa

Support provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation. 

Jun
18
Fri
MINDFULNESS THROUGH ART @ Mattatuck Museum
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration will close the Thursday before each session. 

Leave behind today’s concerns and distractions with Mindfulness teacher, Ranji Latchmansingh, as he leads you through a guided mindfulness session utilizing art. Interact with art in a different way as you learn to slow down and focus. 

 Support provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Lyman Allyn Virtual Opening: The Prismatic Palette – Frank DuMond and His Students @ Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a virtual opening reception to celebrate The Prismatic Palette: Frank Vincent DuMond and His Students. The exhibition examines the art and teaching legacy of Frank Vincent DuMond (1865–1951). A key figure in American art and art education, DuMond was a skilled painter and draftsman with great technical facility and a keen eye for color. He and his wife Helen, also an artist, were founding members of the Lyme Art Colony and lived in Lyme, CT, beginning in 1906.This event will include a video tour of the exhibition, followed by a conversation with members of the DuMond family and Lyman Allyn’s Tanya Pohrt and Sam Quigley. There will be time at the end for Q&A with attendees.

You must register in advance to attend. Click here to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Questions? Please email [email protected].

Jun
19
Sat
Third Weekends @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm

Visit the Museum for free the third weekend of every month. See our current exhibitions, view exhibition-related films in The Studio, and listen to audio tours led by the curators via your smartphone or device. (If you are able, we recommend bringing your smartphone and headphones to access special digital content via QR codes.)

Generous support for free admission Third Weekends is provided by Ridgefield Thrift Shop, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and Fairfield County Bank.

Empowering Connection on Juneteenth with the Community Mindfulness Project @ The Aldrich @ The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join the Community Mindfulness Project (CMP) and Education Assistant Lorena Sferlazza—outdoors in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden with your kids and loved ones—to reflect on the power of CONNECTION and how you can change the world with it. Together on this Juneteenth holiday, we will experience guided mindfulness and movement activities that, like the Aldrich Care Box, tap into our shared humanity and can help us see, hear, and recognize our connection to those around us. Perfect for families with children of all ages.

The Aldrich has partnered with the Community Mindfulness Project (CMP) for this family program series around our free Third Weekends. The series is inspired by the Museum’s current exhibitions and offered to nurture the growth and healing of our local community. CMP was formed in 2014 to offer a variety of science-based mindfulness and heart-opening practices to support physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. With an emphasis on community, CMP offers secular group meditations in libraries, wellness centers, and other community hubs, with weekly sessions free and open to the public for all ages, experience levels, and abilities. To learn more about CMP, please visit:https://www.communitymindfulnessproject.org/.