Public Programs

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

BOOK READING AND BOOK SIGNING A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosopher's Camp in the Adirondacks

Friday, August 7 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

James Schlett, Journalist, Author, Poet

Join award-winning journalist, James Schlett for a reading of selections from his recently published book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosopher’s Camp in the Adirondacks, published by Cornell University Press.

The book recounts the story of a group of artists, poets, and philosophers who ventured into the heart of the Adirondacks in 1858 to camp, hike, hunt, and converse. This “philosopher’s camp” helped spark the transcendentalist and preservationist movements in America. The book includes a color insert featuring twelve paintings by Hudson River School artists, including Thomas Cole, Frederic E. Church, Asher B. Durand, and Sanford Gifford.

Free admission


Art for All 2015-2016

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!

FREE with museum admission

Fall Art for All projects will be based off of current exhibitions including The Capital Region in 50 Objects.