Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

VACATION BREAK ART WORKSHOP Victorian Drawstring Bag

Ages 8 and above: Friday, December 29 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Craft your own special drawstring bag inspired by Victorian reticule handbags.  Participants will practice basic cross stitch technique for the drawstring, and add on fancy details with beads, ribbon and more!

Ages 8 and above
$15 non members, $10 members (includes museum admission).
Accompanying adults are asked to stay on the museum premises.  Adult companions do not need to register in advance and may buy regular admission tickets at the door if visiting galleries.  

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to clowes@albanyinstitute.org

Registration tips:
If using a mobile device to register please change viewing settings to full desktop view to allow purchase to be completed.

Emergency contact information is not necessary to fill out with registration since this is not a drop off program.

 

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify the Albany Institute of History & Art.

$15.00

FREE ADMISSION DAY Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018

Monday, January 15 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries today, courtesy of M&T Bank.

  • 10AM-4:30PM: The whole family will enjoy a special drop-in art making project. Join us in the studio to enjoy create a wearable art project of a suffrage sash related to the Spotlight: Albany and Anti-Suffrage exhibition.

FAMILY PROGRAM: CRAFtea

Sunday, January 28 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

All ages are welcome
$12 non members, $8 members (includes museum admission)

Come get crafty with us as you enjoy a tasty treat.  We’ll draw inspiration from the Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection exhibition and create a fancy collage using ribbons, lace, buttons and beads.  Each participant will also receive a cup of hot chocolate and two cookies. 

Accompanying adults are asked to stay on the museum premises. 
Adult companions do not need to register in advance and may buy regular admission tickets at the door if visiting galleries.  
Museum admission is free with registration.
Registration is required and space is limited.
Register online at albanyinstitute.org
 
Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to clowes@albanyinstitute.org
Registration tips:
If using a mobile device to register please change viewing settings to full desktop view to allow purchase to be completed.

Emergency contact information is not necessary to fill out with registration since this is not a drop off program.

 

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify the Albany Institute of History & Art.

$12.00

ADULT ART NIGHT: #ColorOurCollections

Adult Art Night: #ColorOurCollections
Thursday, February 8, 5:30-7:30PM
$8 non-members; $5 members

Enjoy a relaxing night as you add your own color to images from the Albany Institute’s collections!  Each participant will receive 6 images from the museum’s collection printed on cardstock and will have the opportunity to use diverse coloring media such as water soluble pencils and crayons, colored pencils, and colored pens to fill the images in.

 When you’ve completed your images feel free to upload a picture to social media using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections#ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world and is celebrated this year from February 5-9. 

 

Registration Notes:
Ignore the Emergency Contact fields of registration and proceed by pressing continue.
 
If using a mobile device to register please change viewing settings to full desktop view to allow purchase to be completed.
 
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$8.00

FREE ADMISSION DAY Presidents' Day 2018

Monday, February 19 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries today, courtesy of M&T Bank.

  • 10AM-4:30PM: The whole family will enjoy a special drop-in art making project. Visit the studio to create an homage to Washington and other early presidents by creating a collage with an assortment of presidential images from pictures of stamps and coins along with a silhouette of Washington.

Art for All 2017-2018

December: Recycled Mini Look-Alike Sculptures
December Art for All dates: Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 30
10:00am-4:30pm

Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative!  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.  Activities are based off of our current exhibitions and include techniques involving painting, drawing, multi media work, collage and more!

This December we’ll get creative as we reuse everyday items to create miniatures in the style of Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes®.

Upcoming themes:
January 6, 13, 20, 27: Design a Dress! Crayon rubbings & texture plates fashion design.
 
 
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