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Event Details

June 1, 2022
10:00 am –5:00 pm


Adults ages 50+: FREE
Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $16.50
Registration Recommended


High Museum of Art

Event Description

Mark your calendar for a celebration of Lifelong Learning at the High!

Through its new Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning initiative, the High seeks to provide a space where curious adults can come together to explore art and ideas, exercise their creativity, make new social connections, find joy and inspiration, and continue to learn and grow.

Join us for a day of celebration, including free admission for all visitors ages fifty and over with guided tours of the collection and special exhibitions, art-making workshops, pop-up performances featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre, and more! Come see all that we have to offer, and help us spread the word!

All ages are welcome. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended. Visitors ages fifty and up receive free admission and can reserve their free tickets here on April 15. For all others, please visit our general ticketing page. For general information on visiting the Museum, please visit Before your visit, please review the High’s COVID guidelines.

 Questions? Please email or call 404-733-5034.

Drop-In Experiences

Meet Your Museum Tours
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Meet in the Taylor Lobby. Stools and assistive listening devices will be provided. Each tour is one hour. 

With more than eighteen thousand works of art in our collection, there’s something new to discover every time you visit the High! We invite you to join us for a guided tour and get better acquainted with your Museum and its most impactful artworks.

Art-Making Workshops
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m., Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby
11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m., Greene Family Education Center

Explore a variety of art-making techniques with the High’s teaching artists! You will have the opportunity to investigate the elements of art and principles of design while looking at works of art in the High’s collection. These workshops are drop-in style, and no prior experience is needed.

Art and About Walking Tours
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Meet outside in front of the Lichtenstein House. Assistive listening devices will be provided. Each tour is one hour. 

Curious about the public art on the Woodruff Arts Center campus? Join us for a stroll around campus to view several outdoor sculptures. This hour-long tour will explore the various artists and artistic practices featured right on our front lawn and will dive into the various commissioning processes for these works of art.

Special Topics Experiences
(Pre-registration required)

All special topics experiences are currently at capacity. There will be a limited number of waitlist spots available day of. Visit the Welcome Table in the Taylor Lobby on June 1 for more information.
Conversations with a Conservator

For the past two years, the conservators at the Atlanta Art Conservation Center (AACC) have been working with the High to survey and treat a selection of artworks from the High’s American Art collection. During the Lifelong Learning Celebration, the Museum is offering special topics tours in which patrons will have the opportunity to hear directly from the AACC Conservators involved in this project.

Participants will explore the American Art galleries with an AACC conservator and get an insider’s view of art conservation. During the tour, you’ll learn the thought process involved in examining a piece for possible treatment and hear a brief overview of the steps that go into examining and treating select artworks.

There will be three tours, each with a different conservator: two for paintings and one for works on paper. Each session will focus on a different art piece.

History of the High

Originally founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, the High Museum of Art received its first permanent home in 1926, when Hattie High donated her family’s residence on Peachtree Street. Learn more about the history of the High during this hour-long conversation led by a museum professional.

Pop Up Performances

Pop-up Performances by Franklin Pond Chamber Music
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on the Orkin Terrace, behind the Taylor Lobby.

Enjoy the sounds of Quartet le Petit, a youth string quartet of Starr’s Mill High School students Didi Stone, Lucas Nyman, Jodie Stone, and Richard Wang. Franklin Pond Chamber Music, a partner of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, educates young musicians to perform, communicate, and lead through the art of chamber music. As a promoter of classical music, Franklin Pond engages the broader community through high-quality performances, workshops, master classes, and special programs designed to engage music lovers of all ages.

Pop-up Performances by Pearl Cleage, Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Alliance Theatre
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the exhibition What Is Left Unspoken, Love

Join us for a special spoken word poetry reading by award-winning playwright and Atlanta poet laureate Pearl Cleage, whose poem “All Is Forgiven” is featured in the What Is Left Unspoken, Love exhibition catalogue. Exploring the exhibition’s six thematic categories, Cleage speaks on the subject in the original language of love, poetry.

Musical Entertainment by DJ Salah Ananse AKA The Late Night Affair
12 noon–2 p.m. and 3 –4 p.m. on the Sifly Piazza

Jam out with DJ, producer, and artist Salah Ananse. As a producer and recording artist, Salah Ananse’s rhythmic instrumentation and smooth, layered vocals make his sound unique and distinguishable among the rest.

For Groups

We have limited availability on June 1 for lifelong-learning, aging-services, or other community-based organizations that serve individuals fifty and over to book a free docent-led tour or self-guided visit.

Please note that our docent-led tours are fully booked; however, there are still spaces available for self-guided visits! To book a self-guided visit please complete this request form.

About Lifelong Learning at the High

Advances in science and public health mean that Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and Atlanta is one of the most rapidly aging cities in the United States. Through our Lifelong Learning initiative, we aim to serve as a catalyst for lifelong learners to explore their creativity, find new social connections, and continue to learn and grow. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the High is working to pilot new programs for older adults and aging-services organizations, build institutional capacity to better serve older visitors, further our audience research and share our findings, and spearhead the formation of a professional network of arts and health professionals to advance this work locally and nationally.

These programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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