The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, CT, is one of the only independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. A renovation and expansion completed in June 2004 provided 25,000 square feet of new and redesigned space, with twelve new galleries, including a screening room, a sound gallery, a 22-foot-high project space, a 100-seat performance space, a dedicated education center, improved visitor amenities, and a redesigned sculpture garden. Today, The Aldrich continues its founder’s vision as a non-collecting museum mounting exhibitions of artwork by emerging and mid-career artists, and educating adults and children about the importance of connecting to our world through contemporary art. The Aldrich is in a position to enjoy the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. The Museum’s core programs concentrate on two areas: Exhibitions: The high standard The Aldrich maintains for its exhibitions has been attained through years of identifying and presenting the best of the world’s contemporary art; and Education: The Aldrich’s vast array of education programs has been acclaimed for excellence and innovation. Support from ShopforMuseums.com will help to fund The Aldrich’s Family Art Adventures. This exciting program promotes lifelong learning as it addresses the needs of area families, offering special hands-on events for families—keyed to current exhibitions—on the first Saturday of every month, and producing and distributing specially designed resources for each exhibition. Family Art Adventures feature an artist-led project or a performance, interactive tours and games, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Interactive Docent Art Stations enable the families to experience the galleries at their own pace. In the Education Center, Museum educators, exhibiting artists, and volunteers help the visitors to take part in a hands-on art projects. Each Family Art Adventures has a different theme, always related to current Aldrich exhibitions, and offers fun for the whole family.
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