Public Programs

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

MAKING IT AMERICAN LECTURE A Promising Venture: Shaker Objects in the Index of American Design

Sunday, November 23 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Lesley Herzberg, Curator of Collections, Hancock Shaker Village

Produced between 1935 and 1942, the Index is a visual archive of American decorative arts that reflects the exapaning interest in our nation's material culture. Herberg will illuminate the unique design characteristics of the Index's Shaker Portfolio and how accompanying photographs created a record for their context. 

Free with museum admission

This lecture is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).

Photo courtesy Index of American Design

Art for All

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.  This fall, and early winter visit with artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition as they make guest appearances during Art for All days.  Activities include painting, felting, drawing exercises, multi media work, collage and more!

FREE with museum admission

This season is a great time to visit and meet artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition!

On special Art for All dates guest appearances will be made by the artists to share a project based on their own artwork and/or techniques with you.  Look for artist appearances on the following dates:

Sat. Oct. 11 Paul Rothenstein, Technical Drawing Exercises

Mon. Oct. 13 Jamie Rodriguez, Foam Sculpture

Sat. Oct. 18 Lutz Scherneck, Painting with Non Traditional Materials

Sat. Nov. 1 Lou Getty, Felting

Sat. Nov. 8 Marie-Louise McHugh

Sat. Nov. 15 David Ricci, Exploring Shape & Color with Paper Piecing

Sat. Dec. 6 Oliver Peters, Multi Media Landscapes

Sat. Dec. 20 Katie DeGroot

Sat. Jan. 10 Ginger Ertz Pipe Cleaner & Bead Sculpture

Sat. Jan. 17 Alta Turner, Weaving

Schedule subject to change

November 28, 29, & 30 join us during the Home for the Holidays celebration to create homemade ornaments in the studio!

Friday, November 28th, & Saturday November 29th from 10:00-4:30

Sunday, November 30th from Noon-4:30

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats

Sunday, November 30 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Peter Rose

As part of the museum's Thanksgiving weekend celebration, Home for the Holidays, renowned food historian Peter Rose will share stories and recipes from her newest book, Delicious December. Join her for a delightful exploration of the Dutch roots of many of our favorite holiday traditions as she tempts us with more than a hundred treasured recipes adapted for contemporary entertaining. Treats will be available to sample and purchase.

Free admission

GIRL SCOUT PROGRAM: Playful Puppetry

Saturday, December 6 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Brownie Scouts are invited to join us and get creative! Puppets are a great tool to express yourself and tell a tale. We'll experiment with different art techniques and materials as we make our own characters come to life.

Registration is required and is available at or by calling Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at (518) 348-1413.

MAKING IT AMERICAN LECTURE Under the Same Roofs: Slavery at the Ten Broeck Mansion in the late Eighteenth Century

Sunday, December 7 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Matthew J. Kirk, Principal Investigator/Cultural Resource Specialist, Hartgen Archeological Associates

Recent excavations and research revealed outbuildings on Ten Broeck land likely used as summer kitchesn and/or slave quarters. With a unique mix of archeology and history, these findings provide insight into the slave/master relationships shortly before abolition. They suggest we reconsider our modern concepts of slavery in the north at the end of the eighteenth century.

Free with museum admission

This lecture is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).