Lifelong Learning at the Art Institute of Chicago offers a variety of entertaining and educational opportunities for older adults throughout the year, from short slideshow presentations at your local senior center to weeklong immersive explorations of the museum.
Read more about the variety of enrichment opportunities below. For more information please call (312) 857-7641 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lifelong Learning Programs are supported by the Cigna Foundation. Reflections and Art Insights are generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation.
Reflections (formerly Senior Celebrations), a free daylong festival at the Art Institute, is held annually in September. The day includes presentations, short talks in the galleries, a drop-in sketch class, music, and art demonstrations. Reflections is designed to acquaint and reacquaint seniors with the Art Institute’s collection.
Art Insights Art Insights brings slide talks to senior centers, senior groups, senior residences, and nursing homes. This free program provides a historical and enlightening experience for Chicago-area seniors unable to visit the Art Institute.
Join Art Insights volunteers as they share their current topics of research and interest. Fifteen- to thirty-minute presentations include focused discussions of particular artists or works of art in the Art Institute's collection as well as broad thematic lectures.
Art in the Moment engages participants in creative dialogue and a positive experience through discussing and creating art. This free program invites individuals with dementia and their care partners or family members to the Art Institute for discussions in the museum galleries and art-making projects in a studio setting.
The Art Institute of Chicago hosts one of the longest-running and most popular Road Scholar programs, offering educational adventures of the Art Institute's collection, exhibitions, and museum practices. Whether you're an out-of-town visitor or a Chicagoland resident, the Road Scholar at the Art Institute is the perfect discovery for art lovers!
To learn more about the Art Institute's programs and resources for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing and guests who are blind or have low vision, please visit the museum's Accessibility page.
Museum Education offers multiple opportunities for students or adults to become involved with Lifelong Learning at the Art Institute of Chicago. One way to do this is to volunteer. Read more about these and other volunteer opportunities.
9 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Go
Speed is both a product of modern life and an agent of it. At the turn of the 20th century, new technologies of mobility and transmission—trains, cars, airplanes, radio, film, television, to name only a few—increased the pace of life, collapsing distances between people and places and assaulting the senses.
Go, the second exhibition in the Art Institute’s Modern Series, explores how artists responded to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world in the accelerated modern age—through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, designed objects, textiles, books, and films.
14 hours 4 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to Winslow Homer. In 1883 the artist moved to a small coastal village in Maine, where he created a series of paintings of the sea unparalleled in American art. The paintings he created after 1882 focused almost exclusively on humankind’s age-old contest with nature.
In The Herring Net, Homer depicted the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work. While one fisherman hauls in the netted and glistening herring, the other unloads the catch. Utilizing the teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides the incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the monumentality of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.
See five paintings by Winslow Homer in Gallery 171 of American Art—http://bit.ly/2l89rfx
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Put your own creative spin on 30 masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago. Our coloring book is now available online at the Museum Shop.