Waterbury’s Mattatuck Museum schedules events, activities

WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., announces its schedule of activities and events for June. For information and registration, visit mattmuseum.org, or call 203-753-0381 x130.

Visitors who prefer contactless payment may call and reserve their ticket ahead of time. Based upon the recent recommendation of the CDC, the Museum is returning to a “masks optional” policy for visitors and staff. Should another variant or other issue arise we will reassess the decision at that time.

The museum outlines updated guidelines for visitors, including what to expect on your visit, cleaning and safety protocols, and frequently asked questions, on its website. Follow the Mattatuck Museum on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and content.

Floral Arranging & Painting: June, 4, 18, 3-5 p.m. $35 per session or $60 for both. In the first session, a florist will instruct participants on the intricate art of floral arranging. Participants will choose from a variety of fresh flowers to create a bouquet of their own to take home. Pictures of the finished arrangements will be taken at the end of the first workshop. On the second day, participants will immortalize their beautiful bouquets by referencing the photographs and painting them using watercolors under the instruction of a teaching artist.

Art + Yoga = Relaxation: June 4, 9:30-11 a.m., $8 members, $12 guests. With certified yoga teacher, Lisa Davis, practice poses that help your body to release tension, calm your nervous system, and restore an overall sense of balance to your body, mind, and soul. Afterwards, engage in a guided mindfulness meditation practice using artwork on view in the Museum galleries. Modifications will always be shared so that everyone, regardless of fitness level, will feel safe and comfortable participating in the class. To purchase tickets please visit mattmuseum.org/calendar.

Summer Exhibitions Celebration & Program Preview: June 5, 1-3 p.m. Free to members, $5 guests. Shipwrecks: Duty of Memory, The Garden, and Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art will be celebrated with remarks from Mattatuck Museum Director, Bob Burns, at 1 p.m.

Families are invited to participate in the Exploration Activities in the Studio. The Art of Yum Café will be open with delicious meals, snacks, coffees, and sweet treats available for purchase. Admission to the Summer Exhibitions Celebration is free for Museum Members and children under 5, and $5 for the public.

Home Away From Homeschool: Art Workshops: Tuesdays in June, 1-2:30 p.m. Bring your children to the Museum each week to learn about different artists and art styles. After learning about an artist and viewing their work, children ages 5-18 are invited to create their own personal masterpiece using the unique techniques of that artist.

Memories @ The MATT: 11:30 a.m., June 9, 23, free. For people with early-to-mid-stage dementia and their caregivers, at no cost. Medical researchers have found that people with early-to-mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease are positively impacted by the therapeutic effects of viewing historical artifacts and discussing art. Join the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter as you virtually explore the Museum’s collection while connecting with others who are also living in the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. All interested applicants must go through a pre-screening process. For more information, contact Tina Hogan at thogan@alz.org.

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