Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects. Programs are currently being offered in both virtual and in-person formats. 

In-person programming is limited to small group sizes for COVID safety and are subject to be cancelled or translated to online formats should changes occur in community COVID levels and CDC recommendations.

Build Your Own Train Design Challenge

All Ages: Saturday, January 8 - 31 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Virtual/At Home Train Design Challenge

Climb aboard our design challenge and engineer your own train design! Join in on this creative challenge from home and submit photos of your designs to be showcased together in a digital gallery with other creatives.
Train models can be created in traditional or futuristic forms. We look forward to seeing what you make!

1. Take a look at pictures of trains for inspiration. (images like Thoroughbreds by Walter Greene can be found in our Collections Database on our website).  

2. Search your home for materials to build with.  Your recycling bin can be a great source and empty boxes, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, and more may all be used to build creative train models.

3. If you'd like some inspiration you can check out pictures and craft instructions for homemade train art and models on our Pinterest board here: Build Your Own Train Design Challenge Inspo

4. Share photos of your creations in one of 3 ways!

-Post photos of your designs by uploading onto our Google form here: https://tinyurl.com/AIHATrains

-On social media with the tag #albanyinstitute

- Email our Director of Art Programs at clowes@albanyinstitute.org

More Art Opportunities

Enjoy your visit to the museum and create an art activity inspired by the exhibitions and collections. Art for All: Art to Go activities are activity sets available to take home and are available at the admissions desk during open museum hours.  Activities are included with museum admission and are open for all museum visitors.

Art for All is sponsored in part by Stewart's Shops

FILM & DISCUSSION Conversations on Freedom

General: Saturday, February 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

FILM & PUBLIC TALK
Conversations on Freedom
Saturday, February 5, 2 PM | Registration required
$10 Non-members including admission | $10 Members suggested donation

Member registration is available both to AIHA members and members of the Albany County Historical Association for this event

In 1925, Pullman Porters were organized into the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This was the first African American labor union that the American Federation of Labor recognized. The union was led by activist A. Philip Randolph.

Conversations on Freedom is a living theatrical historical play that explores key individuals' role in bringing about this victory. This recorded performance features actors Amelia Paul, Kim Wafer, and Donald Hyman and poetry by Penny Meacham with film production by Collaborative Studios. Join us for the film debut and a short talk and Q &A with the writer/director of the production, Donald Hyman.

Thanks to our partner in this program, Collaborative Studios, this program will also be featured in a hybrid fashion. If participants prefer, they may tune in virtually from home rather than attend onsite. Register online for both onsite and virtual attendance.

This program is scheduled onsite and will follow any updates in the museum’s COVID-19 safety precautions*. If necessary, the event may be converted to an entirely virtual platform.

This program is presented in partnership with Open Stage Media and Collaborative Studios and will be live-streamed. A special thanks also go out to Ten Broeck Mansion, whose site is included in one of the filmed scenes. While the historically based play is pre-recorded, a live Q&A will take place at the end of the session.

Questions? Email Sarah Clowe at clowes@albanyinstitute.org

 

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Want to support this program? Donations are welcome and can be processed here: DONATIONS

 

*At this time, program attendees age 18+ participating in registered events at the museum will be required to wear masks AND provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination includes: a vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus, or if you received your vaccination in another state, that state’s equivalent passport. Please visit our website for any updates.

ARTIST TALK The Art of Leigh Li-Yun Wen

General: Sunday, February 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Artist Leigh Li-Yun Wen will discuss the inspiration behind her interest in the four elements- earth, air, fire, and water in her work, as well as her creative process, working methods and media, and challenges associated with producing large-scale work.

Cost: $10 per person (includes museum admission)

Space is limited and registration* is required. REGISTER HERE

 

*At this time, program attendees age 18+ participating in registered events at the museum will be required to wear masks AND provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination includes: a vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus, or if you received your vaccination in another state, that state’s equivalent passport. Please visit our website for any updates.

 

VIRTUAL ART DU JOUR | Untitled VI by Leigh Li-Yun Wen

Adult: Wednesday, February 9 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Take a break! This virtual program features a relaxed, explorative discussion of the painting Untitled VI (1997) by Leigh Li-Yun Wen. The guided discussion will be about 30-45 minutes, perfect for a break from your busy day at work or at home. No background in art is required to enjoy this program, but reservations are required.

$10 suggested donation | REGISTER HERE

The conversation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link at least one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

PARTNER PROGRAM | Musicians of Ma'alwyck In Recital

Adult: Saturday, February 19 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

PARTNER PROGRAM

Musicians of Ma’alwyck Recital
Saturday, February 19, 5:00 PM
$40 tickets available at www.musiciansofmaalwyck.org

Musicians of Ma'alwyck, a professional chamber music ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site, is joined by baritone Charles Eaton and frequent collaborator Max Caplan for a recital at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Mr. Eaton who has performed with Glimmerglass Opera, the Minnesota Opera, and New York City Opera, and recent top-prize winner in the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition, will perform a program of music by Gerald Finzi and Kurt Weill, as well as the world premiere of a new aria by Max Caplan. The recital is dedicated to the late Norman Rice, the long-time director of the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Opportunities for hybrid programming are currently being explored, and a live-streamed version of this performance may become an available ticketing option.

This partner program follows the current performing arts Covid-19 precautions which include both masks to be worn and proof of vaccination.

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PRESENTATION Designed for Travel: Railroad Posters in the Collection of the Albany Institute

General: Sunday, February 27 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Doug McCombs, curator of the exhibition Romancing the Rails: Train Travel in the 1920s and 1930s, will look at posters from New York Central and other railroads to show how rail lines adapted new technologies and new messages to market their transportation services.

Cost: $10 per person (includes museum admission)

Space is limited and registration* is required. REGISTER HERE

 

*At this time, program attendees age 18+ participating in registered events at the museum will be required to wear masks AND provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination includes: a vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus, or if you received your vaccination in another state, that state’s equivalent passport. Please visit our website for any updates.