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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
1 hour 4 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.
3 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
$10 per member
Grab your yoga mat and come dressed to stretch. Only members get this unique opportunity to do yoga in the museum. All experience levels are welcome.
Please bring your own mat. Enter at the Columbus Drive Entrance, 230 S. Columbus Drive.
4 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Natural Allusions
For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or wishes for well-being and good fortune. This focused exhibition features 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls reflecting a variety of artistic traditions as well as a selection of round, handled fans made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.