Calendar of Events

Dec
4
Sat
Origami with Ben Parker
Dec 4 @ 3:30 pm
Dec
11
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Season’s Greetings
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Season's Greetings

Welcome the changing of the seasons with a day of winter fun. Enjoy a special performance by the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut and then create your own wintery artworks to take home or give as a gift to a friend. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays.

SCHEDULE

Art-Making 12-2 pm

Wilderness Masks: Use a variety of materials to create a mask inspired by your favorite woodland animal.

DIY Giftbags: Layer repeat patterns and shapes to create one of a kind gift bag.

Winter Nightscape: Become inspired by the landscapes in the museum’s collection and sketch your own winter nightscape to take home.

2-D Snow Globe: Join staff from Hartford Public Schools and design a unique winter scene. 

Community Connections

Stop by to learn about traditional Japanese winter customs and traditions with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford. Created in collaboration with the Japan Society of Greater Hartford.

Visit the Mandell Jewish Community Center table to hear staff discuss the rich history and traditions of Hanukkah. 

Performances

12:30-1pm | Enjoy a special presentation of the Fantastic Toy Shop performed by our friends at the New England Ballet Theatre of Connecticut. Presented in collaboration with the New England Ballet Theatre.

1-2pm | Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa and participate in an interactive  drum and dance performance by FriendZWorld Music. Presented in collaboration with FriendZWorld Music. 

 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide. 
Jan
8
Sat
Postponed | Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Postponed | Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors amidst changing COVID-19 circumstances this program will be rescheduled.

Learn how artists use the elements of art to catch your attention. Create alongside illustrator Bonnie Rose Sullivan to design a superhero cape with an eye-catching focal point. Be sure to grab a free copy of Susan Mangiero’s book The Big Squeeze: Hugs & Inspirations for Every Grown-Up Who Loves Teddy Bears. While supplies last. Museum admission is free on Second Saturdays. 

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
Jan
17
Mon
Postponed | Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day: Art and Activism
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In an effort to maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors amidst changing COVID-19 circumstances this program is postponed and the museum will be closed on Monday, January 17. 

For an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, join us for February’s Second Saturdays for Families program on February 12, 2022, noon–2pm.

Mar
12
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families | HERstory Month
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families | HERstory Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Wadsworth! Get to know works in the collection produced by women artists on a docent-guided tour. Create a mixed-media card alongside textile artist Ed Johnetta Miller and design a booklet recognizing powerful women and their stories with painter Amanda Mendoza. Museum admission is free all day. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm. At 1pm, visit The Amistad Center for Art & Culture for an interactive storytelling performance inspired by the current exhibition Changing Lanes: Mobility in Connecticut.

Second Saturdays for Families is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Charles Nelson Robinson Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.
May
14
Sat
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Free Second Saturdays for Families: Emphasize It

Learn how artists use the elements of art to catch your attention. Create alongside illustrator Bonnie Rose Sullivan to design a superhero cape with an eye-catching focal point. Enjoy a performance by violinist Dongbin Shin. Be sure to grab a free copy of Susan Mangiero’s book The Big Squeeze: Hugs & Inspirations for Every Grown-Up Who Loves Teddy Bears. While supplies last. Admission is free all day on Second Saturdays.

Jul
9
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Hamilton and Hartford
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Hamilton and Hartford

Pop in on Saturday for free family fun! Explore the exhibition Hamilton: The Art of Remaking History and learn how fashions from the American Revolution have inspired the costumes for one of today’s most popular Broadway musicals. Try your hand at creating an accessory inspired by the works on view. Listen to storyteller Tammy Denease as she illustrates how access and circumstance impacted a person’s clothing during the American Revolution. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last. Free admission from noon-2pm.

Aug
13
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Sight and Sound

Explore how Naama Tsabar creates objects that function both as artworks and musical instruments. Design a musical instrument of your own and watch a presentation by our friends at the Connecticut Science Center as they unravel the mysteries behind sound. Enjoy a dance performance from Spectrum in Motion. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free noon-2pm on Second Saturdays.

Oct
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day

Join us at the museum to celebrate Latinx heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, and performances. Admission is free noon-2 pm on Second Saturdays. Design a Carnival mask with Multi-Cultural Learning Center Bomba de AquíParticipate in an interactive dance presentation by Proyecto Cimarron, a Puerto Rican Bomba Performance Group based in New Haven. Watch students from Marinera Dance Academy demonstrate traditional Peruvian dance. Please note: Due to The Hartford Marathon, parking bans and road closures will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday, October 8, 2022. 

Únase a nosotros en el museo para celebrar el patrimonio y la cultura latinx con la creación de arte, la narración de cuentos y las actuaciones. Diseña una máscara de Carnaval con el Centro de Aprendizaje Multicultural Bomba de Aquí. Participe en una presentación de danza interactiva a cargo del Proyecto Cimarrón, un grupo puertorriqueño de interpretación de la bomba con sede en New Haven. Vea a los alumnos de la Academia de Danza Marinera realizar una demostración de danza tradicional peruana. Tenga en cuenta: Debido al Maratón de Hartford, el estacionamiento estará prohibido y las calles estarán cerradas todo el día del sábado 8 de octubre de 2022.

Nov
12
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections

Tour Fired Up: Glass Today with one of our knowledgeable docents and learn how artists transform humble materials into striking works of art in the exhibition. Explore color & light at our hands-on light tables and then create your own stained glass artwork! Admission is free from noon-2pm on Second Saturdays. Family-friendly tours take place at 12:15 & 1:30pm.