Celebrate lifelong learning at the Art Institute’s free Reflections festival—the annual kick-off day for Art Insights, a program that brings free slide talks to older adult community groups and retirement communities.
The day starts with a keynote lecture, followed by a variety of activities that explore the Art Institute’s global collection. Engage in conversations about art, enjoy music in the galleries, and get moving in a dance workshop with teaching artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Parkinson’s Project. Exercise your creative side in brief workshops with the Arts for Brain Health Coalition exploring music, movement, theater, and art-making. Take home a souvenir postcard as a free educational keepsake.
Reflections is free to all older adults and accompanying adult partners and group leaders. Please use the museum’s Modern Wing entrance (159 East Monroe Street) beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Schedule of activities
Please note: Information is subject to change; each guest will receive a detailed booklet of activities upon arrival. To view the booklet in advance, please download the pdf.
Doors open for Reflections festival participants, Modern Wing Entrance, 159 E. Monroe Street
Lucas Livingston, assistant director of accessibility and lifelong learning
Dr. Debra E. Weese-Mayer, President, Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation
Lecture: Mythologies of African Art
Costa Petridis, Chair and Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas
Art Institute opens to the general public
Informal Gallery Talks
10:30–11:00, 11:30–12:00, 12:30–1:00
Ryan Learning Center, Studio A
You’ve got the rhythm in you. Play YOU!
10:30–11:10, 11:30–12:10, 12:30–1:10
Ryan Learning Center, Classroom 4
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Engage your instincts, creativity, and spontaneity with Lookingglass Theatre Company to explore and create improvisational theater.
11:15–11:45, 12:15–12:45, 1:15–1:45
Therapy That Moves You**
Pritzker Garden (rain day location: Griffin Court)
Chicago Dance Therapy
Explore movement with Chicago Dance Therapy as a way to express, communicate, and connect with yourself and the world around you.
Drawing in the Galleries
Leslie Baum, artist
Learn the basics of drawing with original works of art.
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
Music in the Galleries
Woman’s Board Grand Staircase, Gallery 200
Kara Bershad, harpist
11:45–12:15, 12:45–1:15, 1:45–2:15
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Workshop
Studio B, Ryan Learning Center
Open to all levels of mobility, these abbreviated participatory workshops showcase how dance creates joy and community.
Lecture: All That Glitters: the Art of Adornment
12:00–12:30, 1:00–1:30, 2:00–2:30
Art in the Moment**
Deb Del Signore
Enjoy art-making in the galleries with a professional art therapist.
Classroom 3, Ryan Learning Center
Discuss and explore works of art through touch using 3-D printed sculptural replicas, carved relief interpretations, and fabric recreations of master paintings.
Lecture: The Aging Artist: Transformation and Triumph
Program concludes. The museum is open until 5:00.
*All auditoria in the Art Institute are equipped with assistive listening devices available inside the auditorium’s entrance. CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captioning service is provided for today’s lectures by Efficiency Reporting. To access these captions, please visit artic.edu/captions.
**Presented in partnership with the Arts for Brain Health Coalition.
†Lecture will be live-streamed nationwide via Art Institute partner Well Connected. Visit the Modern Wing registration table for more information.
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Please visit the museum’s Accessibility page for more information.
Art Insights and Reflections are generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation.
Additional support is provided by Cigna.