Calendar of Events

Aug
26
Wed
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert: Nekita Waller and Soul Tsunami
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert: Nekita Waller and Soul Tsunami

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which secured women’s constitutional right to vote, Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller shares an acoustic music performance among the sculpture on the Main Street lawn of the museum. To mark the centennial the façade of the Wadsworth will be illuminated in the official suffrage colors of purple and gold, as part of the nationwide Forward into Light campaign. Lighting design by Robyn Joyce. 

Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe safe social distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds of the Wadsworth. No restroom facilities will be available in August and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead for their comfort.

Sep
9
Wed
Outdoor Art Talk: The Facades of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm
Outdoor Art Talk: The Facades of the Wadsworth Atheneum

A tour of the museum grounds highlights the history of the Wadsworth and sites significant to the development of the museum and its most renowned patrons. Janna Israel, adult and academic programs manager, shares more about the Wadsworth’s architecture. Availability is limited and advance registration is required. 

Talk begins outside the museum’s 600 Main Street Entrance. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe a safe social distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds of the Wadsworth. 

Sep
18
Fri
Outdoor Art Talk: Conserving Nathan Hale
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm
Outdoor Art Talk: Conserving Nathan Hale

The bronze statue of Nathan Hale that has stood in front of the Wadsworth since 1894 is being restored. Francis Miller, directing conservator of Conserve ART will demonstrate some of the techniques he will use to clean the sculpture to draw out the original hues and patinas of the bronze. Join the discussion to learn more and observe the work in progress. Free. Availability is limited and pre-registration is required. 

Talk begins outside the museum’s 600 Main Street Entrance. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe a safe social distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds of the Wadsworth. Visitors who wish to enter the museum must register separately for an admission ticket.

Major support for the restoration of Nathan Hale is provided by a grant from the Avangrid Foundation. Additional support provided by a grant from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.

Sep
25
Fri
Voting Improvisation with Sea Tea Improv
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm
Voting Improvisation with Sea Tea Improv

Registering to vote has never been so entertaining. On the heels of National Voter Registration Day, take an unscripted and unfiltered lunchtime break to watch the Sea Tea Improv troupe espouse the importance of exercising your right to vote. Register to vote during the program or anytime via voterregistration.ct.gov/.

Free. Organized in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums’ Get Out the Vote campaign.

This outdoor program will be held outside the museum’s 600 Main Street entrance. Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe a safe social distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds of the Wadsworth. Visitors who wish to enter the museum must register separately for an admission ticket.

Oct
1
Thu
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert: Acoustic Trio
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert: Acoustic Trio

An early autumn evening of acoustic folk and bluegrass music. Connecticut-based acoustic trio, Lindsey Fyfe, Joe Lemeris, and Joe DeLillo perform on the Wadsworth’s Main Street lawn. Free.

Visitors are required to wear a face mask and observe safe social distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds of the Wadsworth. No restroom facilities will be available and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead for their comfort.

Dec
11
Fri
CONNetic Dance: Nutcracker Suite and Spicy
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CONNetic Dance: Nutcracker Suite and Spicy

December wouldn’t be the same without this unique and totally entertaining twist on the classical ballet. After the performance, don your ugly holiday sweater and have a cocktail in hand to join the cast and crew for a virtual reception. Choreographed and directed by Carolyn Paine. Available to watch until December 31, 2020.

Watch here

 
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Talkback & Afterparty

Bring your questions and mirth to a Talkback session after enjoying the Nutcracker Suite & Spicy. Stay for the afterparty! The link will be active as soon as the Nutcracker Suite & Spicy performance ends. Click here to register.
 

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Signature Nutcracker Suite and Spicy cocktail: Sugar Rum Cherry

Craft a delicious cocktail to enhance your evening!

1 oz Wild Moon Rose
1 oz Gold Rum
1 bar spoon Luxardo Cherry Juice and 1 Cherry
 
Shake over ice
Add 2.5 oz ginger ale
Mix thoroughly. Strain into a coupe glass with a cinnamon sugar rim.
 

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Nutcracker Suite and Spicy documentary

For more CONNetic Dance, watch the Nutcracker Suite and Spicy documentary to follow the evolution of the creative process surrounding the ballet from its genesis in 2009 to its 10th year anniversary in 2019.

Jan
3
Sun
Postponed | Cold Photography: Finding Light
Jan 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Cold Photography: Finding Light, is postponed. New dates will be posted when available.
Sharpen your photography skills this winter with a hybrid online/socially distanced photography class offered in collaboration with Defining Studios. Start the New Year by grabbing your camera to get creative outside and study the evocative quality of light. Each course includes one outdoor photography session and one virtual Lightroom and Photoshop editing workshop. Classes subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather.
Finding Light: Novice Photography | Learn about camera functions, photography techniques, and the basics about lighting and telling a story through the lens in this class geared for photography beginners.
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$50; $35 members. Registration covers the following set of dates:
Outdoor Photography: Sunday, January 3; 3–4:30pm
Virtual Editing Workshop: Sunday, January 10; 9–10:30am

Mar
6
Sat
Canceled | Cold Photography: Finding Beauty in the Mundane
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Canceled | Cold Photography: Finding Beauty in the Mundane

This program has been canceled. 

Render the familiar more abstract and focus your lens on details to present an object, or a story, from a new and different perspective. Offered in collaboration with Defining Studios, this course includes one outdoor photography session and one virtual Lightroom and Photoshop editing workshop. Classes subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather. Required equipment: a camera, a freshly charged camera battery, and a reflector.

$50; $35 members. Registration covers the following set of dates:
Saturday, March 6; 5:30-7pm: Outdoor Photography
Sunday, March 14; 9-10:30am: Virtual Editing Workshop

Mar
14
Sun
Canceled | Cold Photography: Finding Beauty in the Mundane
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Canceled | Cold Photography: Finding Beauty in the Mundane

This program has been canceled. 

Render the familiar more abstract and focus your lens on details to present an object, or a story, from a new and different perspective. Offered in collaboration with Defining Studios, this course includes one outdoor photography session and one virtual Lightroom and Photoshop editing workshop. Classes subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather. Required equipment: a camera, a freshly charged camera battery, and a reflector.

$50; $35 members. Registration covers the following set of dates:
Saturday, March 6; 5:30-7pm: Outdoor Photography
Sunday, March 14; 9-10:30am: Virtual Editing Workshop

May
20
Thu
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert | Hartford Symphony Orchestra
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Outdoor Pop-Up Concert | Hartford Symphony Orchestra

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s jazz quartet performs on Burr Mall, the plaza next to the museum that boasts Alexander Calder’s majestic Stegosaurus as its centerpiece. Fill your lunchtime with an uplifting musical interlude inspired by the works of art around the museum. Free and open to the public. No restroom facilities will be available at the museum and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead for their comfort. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to May 21 at noon.

 

Co-Sponsored with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and generously supported by the Ella Burr McManus Trust.