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Lifelong Learning

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

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, 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.

Art in the Moment 

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.

Road Scholar

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!

Tours with Sighted Guides and Sign Language Tours

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.

Learning and Public Engagement 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.