Public Programs at The Heckscher Museum of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art offers an array of Public Programming for Adults, Families, and Children, ranging from contemporary artist dialogues and musical performances to hands-on workshops and special events.

View the Current Program Calendar for further information on specific programs or call 631.351.3250 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Adult Programs include:
Lecture & DiscussionFirst Fridays, Special Events, and Hands-On Workshops

Family and Children’s Programs include:
Summer Visual Art Workshops, School’s Out, Art’s In, and Special Events

High School Student Programs include:
Annual Portfolio Development Series




Voices and Visions
This lecture series is a forum for dialogue between contemporary artists and members of the community. Artists engage the audience, presenting and discussing their work in relation to theme, media, and art historical context. Interact with well-established artists and be the first to meet and discuss the works of up-and-coming talents. A Meet the Artist reception follows each discussion. Select evenings, September through June.
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Book Group
Join our group of reading enthusiasts! Discuss a new art-related text at each monthly meeting. This program includes unique opportunities to meet and greet with guest authors and gain new art historical perspectives.
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Share the gift of music surrounded by the beauty of art.

First Fridays
Celebrate the First Friday of every month with Free Admission after 4:00 pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibitions along with wonderful musical entertainment at 7:00 pm.
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Draw Out!
This free community event is designed for all ages and abilities.  Paricipants enjoy drawing activities throughout the Museum galleries and Heckscher Park.
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Halloween Howler: Adult Costume Party
Art-related, creative costumes a must! Drink from the witch's cauldron, enjoy "tricks or treats," watch silent horror flicks, win prizes for top costumes, and more. Ages 21 and up.
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Moving Pictures
In collaboration with Cinema Arts Centre, the Museum proudly presents films that bring to life the lives and work of artists featured in select exhibitions on view at the Museum.
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Visual Art Workshops

The Museum offers a variety of unique adult hands-on workshops that engage participants with original works of art in the galleries.  Each workshop begins in the Museum, where participants learn about the artwork on view in the current exhibitions.  The hands-on component is specifically developed to connect with these exhibitions.  Together, they create a seamless experience and help participants see the connections between the Museum, art history, and their own work.  Workshops are offered in a variety of media, styles, and techniques.
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Writers Workshop Series
Calling all writers!  Whether you are an experienced writer or trying it for the first time, this series is a wonderful opportunity to explore the relationship between art and literature in the intimate setting of the Museum galleries.  Professional writers and poets lead each unique workshop.
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Summer Visual Art Workshops
The Museum offers hands-on summer art programs for young artists ages 5 through 16. Artworks on view in the Museum and by local artists in the community provide first-hand inspiration. Under the guidance of professional Museum Educators, students create a series of hands-on projects inspired by professional artwork. Participants receive personal attention and are encouraged to create their own responses to the artwork while experimenting in a variety of media and techniques. Each program culminates with a special student-led tour of the exhibition, student art exhibition and reception.
learn more about ArtSense, for ages 5 to 12
learn more about SummerArts for ages 12 to 16
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School’s Out, Art’s In
School may be closed, but The Heckscher is open! Children ages 7 through 12 are invited to explore the artworks on view in the Museum and create artwork experimenting with a variety of media and techniques. The week culminates with student-led tours of the exhibitions, a student art exhibition, and reception. Offered during various school vacation weeks.
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Festival Art Activities
Every year, the Heckscher Museum of Art participates in the Long Island Fall Festival and Town of Huntington's Tulip Festival, providing free art activities for children of all ages on the Museum's terrace.
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Portfolio Development Series
Each fall, The Museum hosts a three-part Portfolio Development Series for high school students across Long Island. The series is designed to help high school art students develop their portfolios for college admissions. Students are invited to attend one or more sessions.
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